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Intrexon, Dominion to Commercialize Bioconversion of Natural Gas to Isobutanol

Intrexon Energy Partners, and Dominion Energy, a subsidiary of Dominion Resources, have entered into an agreement to explore the potential for commercial-scale biological conversion of natural gas to isobutanol, a drop-in fuel with numerous advantages over other clean burning gasoline blendstocks. Intrexon says its proprietary methanotroph bioconversion platform has the … Read more »

Power Sector Emissions Continue to Drop

The largest electric utilities in the US — including Entergy, Hoosier Energy and Xcel — have seen significant reductions in global warming pollution in recent years, according to an analysis of power plant air pollution emissions. The report — a collaborative effort between Ceres, Bank of America, four power producers … Read more »

Report Ranks Electric Utility Companies’ Renewable Energy, Energy Efficiency Performance

Report Ranks Electric Utility Companies’ Renewable Energy, Energy Efficiency Performance

NV Energy, Xcel, PG&E, Sempra and Edison International rank the highest for renewable energy sales, with renewable resources accounting for nearly 17 to 21 percent of their retail electricity sales in 2012, according to a report from Ceres and Clean Edge that ranks the US’ largest electric utilities and their … Read more »

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Vegetable Farm Near Fukushima Nuclear Plant in the Works

A Japanese fast-food chain plans to grow food about 60 miles from the Fukushima nuclear power plant, Reuters reports. Yoshinoya Holdings, which sells stewed beef over rice called gyudon, has formed a joint-venture with local farmers to grow onions, cabbage and rice for use in outlets across Japan, according to … Read more »

Bumpy Road for Nuclear

The closure of Southern California Edison’s troubled San Onofre 2 and 3 nuclear power reactors may not be the most troubling recent development for that power sector. Two other US reactors have closed this year, leaving exactly 100, but one of the shuttered plants – Dominion’s Kewaunee plant in Wisconsin – … Read more »

Dominion Sustainability Report: CO2 Intensity Drops 10% in a Year

Dominion Sustainability Report: CO2 Intensity Drops 10% in a Year

Energy company Dominion reduced its carbon intensity 10 percent from 2010 to 2011, according to the company’s latest corporate sustainability report. In 2011, the company produced 926 lbs of carbon dioxide per MWh, down from 1,027 lbs per MWh in 2010. Since 2007 the company had reduced this metric by … Read more »