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Carbon Capture Project Aims to Reduce Oil Sands’ Carbon Footprint

FuelCell Energy has signed a contract with investment firm Alberta Innovates for an engineering study on fuel cell carbon capture at a Husky Energy-owned heavy oil thermal facility near Lloydminster, Saskatchewan, Canada. The engineering study is part of a multi-phase project to show how commercial-scale fuel cells carbon capture can … Read more »

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Fuel Tool Provides Free Data for Commercial Fleet Planning, Fuel Purchasing

As commercial fleet owners struggle to cut fuel costs and reduce their fleet emissions to comply with stricter air pollution rules, they are faced with a myriad of decisions. These include determining which alternative fuels and efficiency technologies make the most sense, from a business and climate perspective. A free … Read more »

Petroleum Refineries’ Capacity Increases

Petroleum Refineries’ Capacity Increases

The capacity of US petroleum refineries increased by 101,000 barrels per calendar day between 2013 and 2014, according to a report by the US Energy Information Administration. There are currently 139 operating refineries and three idle refineries with total atmospheric crude oil distillation capacity of 17.9 million bbl/cd in the … Read more »

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CO2 Solutions Carbon Capture Technology Cuts Costs 33%

CO2 Solutions says it has demonstrated that its enzyme-enabled carbon capture technology is at least one-third less expensive than existing carbon capture technology in terms of energy consumption, and can withstand the rigors of industrial application — two technical performance milestones for its Alberta oil sands project, the company says. … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: GHG Rule Delay, Suncor Spill, Chevron’s Strange Twist

The EPA said Friday that it will delay finalizing regulations that limit greenhouse gas emissions from new power plants, and would rewrite the rules to address concerns raised by the electric industry, the New York Times reports. The agency would not say when the new standards would be issued. The … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: Criminal Conviction, Ballast Rules, Bee Health

A federal jury yesterday found Tonawanda Coke and its environmental controls manager Mark L. Kamholz guilty of 14 charges including violations of the Clean Air Act and Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, related to the disposal of benzene – and also found Kamholz guilty of obstruction of justice, Reuters reported. It was only the … Read more »

Contract Wins: Cadmus, SAIC, CO2 Solutions

The Cadmus Group has won its third consecutive five-year contract to work with the EPA Office of Wetlands, Oceans and Watersheds (OWOW). Under this contract, the consultancy will work with OWOW to monitor water quality, manage and display water quality information, and report on water quality conditions to the public … Read more »

Ceres: Exxon, Marathon, Others Give Investors Weak Reports on Drilling and Climate Risks

Ceres: Exxon, Marathon, Others Give Investors Weak Reports on Drilling and Climate Risks

Investors are not getting a clear, consistent picture of material risk from oil and gas companies, and may be exposing themselves to climate change-related risk, as fossil fuel production moves into more technologically demanding spaces, a Ceres report says. The report, “Sustainable Extraction? An Analysis of SEC Disclosure by Major … Read more »

Coke, Nike, UPS Co-Found Transportation Fuel Working Group

Coca-Cola, Nike, Shell, Suncor, UPS, the US Department of Defense, and Walmart are to be part of a working group run by sustainability consultants BSR that aims to help global companies understand the sustainability impacts of their transportation fuel systems. With global energy consumption set to rise by 40 percent … Read more »