Energy : NPR
Boom Time Again For U.S. Oil Industry, Thanks To OPEC
by Amy Sisk
24 May 2017 at 3:46pm
The oil industry is coming out of a two-year slump after OPEC cut production. In oil-rich North Dakota, there are more energy jobs than available workers and local businesses are seeing a revival.
At 94, Lithium-Ion Pioneer Eyes A New Longer-Lasting Battery
by Mose Buchele
22 May 2017 at 12:50pm
In 1980, John Goodenough's work led to the lithium-ion battery, now found in everything from phones to electric cars. He and fellow researchers say they've come up with a faster-charging alternative.
Energy Companies Urge Trump To Remain In Paris Climate Agreement
by Samantha Raphelson
18 May 2017 at 3:32pm
Shell CEO Ben van Beurden says he wants the U.S. to remain in the 2015 Paris climate accord. Energy companies like Exxon Mobil and BP have also urged President Trump to continue supporting the deal.
Struggling Nuclear Industry Lobbies State Governments For Help
by Marie Cusick
16 May 2017 at 1:30pm
The nuclear industry is struggling with aging plants and competition from cheaper natural gas. Now, touting itself as another form of "clean" energy, it's lobbying state lawmakers for help.
'They're Everywhere': Oil, Gas Wells Dot Developments, Raising Potential Dangers
by Dan Boyce
15 May 2017 at 1:34pm
Colorado is reviewing oil and gas operations after a fatal home explosion was linked to an abandoned, but still leaking, gas line. The tragedy is raising questions about how older wells are regulated.
Tesla Begins Taking Orders For Its Solar Energy Roof Tile Systems
by Bill Chappell
11 May 2017 at 8:51am
The company offers an "infinity" warranty on its tiles that integrate solar power into roof coverings. Tesla has published a web tool that can estimate costs and savings.
Senators Reject Effort To Roll Back Greenhouse Gas Emissions Rule
by Merrit Kennedy
10 May 2017 at 11:11am
It's a rare victory for environmentalists so far under President Trump. The Senate rejection to rolling back an Obama-era regulation was close ? tipping after three Republican senators voted no.
As Coal Jobs Decline, Solar Sector Shines
by Reid Frazier
6 May 2017 at 3:44am
The loss of jobs has stung as the coal industry has declined. Renewable power ? especially solar ? is now where the jobs are. Solar jobs outnumber those in coal, but coal jobs pay more.
Inside The Debate Over Repealing Curbs On Methane Leaks
by Nathan Rott
3 May 2017 at 2:07pm
A deadline is approaching for lawmakers to undo an Obama-era regulation that aims to limit the emissions of methane ? a powerful greenhouse gas ? from energy production sites on public lands.
Environmentalists, Coal Companies Rally Around Technology To Clean Up Coal
by Christopher Joyce
1 May 2017 at 1:59am
The industry has been in decline for years, partly because burning coal creates CO2 and warms the atmosphere. But there's a way to capture it ? which has drawn praise from traditional enemies.
Trump Signs Executive Order On Offshore Drilling And Marine Sanctuaries
by Nathan Rott
27 Apr 2017 at 6:16pm
President Trump signed an executive order Friday that aims to expand offshore drilling for oil and gas, in a move welcomed by the oil and gas industry and greeted with alarm by environmental groups.
Energy Star Program For Homes And Appliances Is On Trump's Chopping Block
by Grace Hood
26 Apr 2017 at 5:00am
Appliance makers and home builders are in Washington, D.C., to celebrate the energy efficiency program. Energy Star is among 50 EPA programs that would be eliminated under the president's budget plan.
China Moves To Increase Number Of Electric Vehicles On Its Roads
by Rob Schmitz
25 Apr 2017 at 7:37am
By early next year, Beijing will require automakers in China to ensure that at least 8 percent of all vehicles they manufacture are electric.
As Rooftop Solar Challenges Utilities, One Aims For A Compromise
by Grace Hood
24 Apr 2017 at 1:31pm
As more homeowners install solar they're using less energy from their utilities, which in turn hurts their business. One utility in Colorado has forged a deal that may be a model for other states.
Gas Leak At BP Oil Well In Alaska Has Been Stopped
by Laurel Wamsley
17 Apr 2017 at 2:26pm
BP employees discovered an uncontrolled gas leak on Friday, as well as crude oil misting onto the snow. The impact is reportedly limited to a gravel area around the well.