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Alaska oil pipeline leak stopped, threat to wildlife unclear

The flow of oil from an underwater pipeline leak discovered in Alaska’s southern Cook Inlet over the weekend has been stopped, but it’s unclear how much crude poured into the …


Trump’s rollback of coal rules electrifies Wyoming workers

So when President Donald Trump lifted a federal coal leasing moratorium and ordered a review of greenhouse gas regulations, the announcement electrified many workers here who depend on fossil fuels …


Putin visits Arctic archipelago to reaffirm Russian presence

President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday visited an Arctic archipelago, part of Russia’s efforts to reaffirm its foothold in the oil-rich region.


UPDATED: Wed., March 29, 2017, 4:43 p.m.

Westinghouse files for bankruptcy

Westinghouse, one of the most storied names in the nuclear energy business, filed for bankruptcy on Wednesday, dealing a blow to the future of the nuclear power industry and leaving …


UPDATED: Tue., March 28, 2017, 7:30 p.m.

A look at how Trump’s moves on coal will affect the industry

Experts say coal’s biggest problem isn’t a shortage of the fuel to dig or even climate change regulations but cheap and abundant natural gas. Gas prices dropped as advances in …


Bill altering regulation of oil and gas moves to Idaho House

An Idaho legislative panel has advanced a bill that significantly alters the state’s rules on natural gas and oil production to the full House for amendments.


Report: Climate outlook improves as fewer coal plants built

Led by cutbacks in China and India, construction of new coal-fired power plants is falling worldwide, improving chances climate goals can be met despite earlier pessimism, three environmental groups said …


UPDATED: Tue., March 21, 2017, 8:38 a.m.

Avista seeks proposals for a second solar energy project

Avista Corp. is considering a second solar project to meet customer demand for renewable energy.


UPDATED: Thu., March 9, 2017, 10:15 a.m.

Company claims largest U.S. onshore oil discovery in 30 years

Spanish energy company Repsol says an oil reserve of 1.2 billion barrels has been identified in Alaska’s North Slope, which the company is the largest onshore discovery in the United …


UPDATED: Tue., March 7, 2017, 4:41 p.m.

Judge won’t stop construction of Dakota Access pipeline

A federal judge declined Tuesday to temporarily stop construction of the final section of the disputed Dakota Access oil pipeline, clearing the way for oil to flow as soon as …


UPDATED: Mon., March 6, 2017, 4:27 p.m.

Exxon says it’ll spend $20 billion on Gulf Coast projects

Exxon Mobil is spending $20 billion through 2022 to expand its chemicals and fuel-making capacity in Texas and Louisiana to transform U.S. shale oil and natural gas into products for …


Idaho lawmakers eye changes to natural gas and oil rules

A bill intended to make significant changes to how Idaho regulates the state’s developing natural gas and oil industry has been introduced in the House Health and Welfare Committee.


UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 23, 2017, 6:11 p.m.

Canada’s fading oil promise leaves U.S. majors struggling

Oil-sands investments in Western Canada that gobbled tens of billions of dollars over the past decade are proving an Achilles heel for some of the world’s biggest energy producers.


UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 23, 2017, 8:05 p.m.

Dakota Access oil pipeline camp cleared by police

Authorities on Thursday cleared a protest camp where opponents of the Dakota Access oil pipeline had gathered for the better part of a year, searching tents and huts and arresting …


UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 21, 2017, 5:14 p.m.

Report: Shutting Columbia Generating Station nuclear facility could save millions

A new study says Pacific Northwest utility ratepayers could save hundreds of millions of dollars if the Bonneville Power Administration and Energy Northwest close the region’s only commercial nuclear power …


UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 21, 2017, 3:37 p.m.

Corps won’t extend deadline for protest camp disbanding

The Army Corps of Engineers says it won’t extend a deadline for Dakota Access oil pipeline opponents to vacate their encampment in North Dakota. The Corps early this month told …


Williams makes good on plan to double down in heart of shale

Williams Cos. is following through on a promise to unload assets and double down in a region of the U.S. where natural gas production is still booming: the Marcellus shale …


Big utilities try to tilt solar energy market in their favor

Indiana’s large utility companies want state lawmakers to pass a law that critics say would muscle out smaller competitors from the emerging solar energy market.


UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 7, 2017, 5:06 p.m.

Solar industry clamors for workers as jobs climb by 25 percent

U.S. solar-industry employment in 2016 grew at the fastest pace in at least seven years, with growth in all sectors including manufacturing, sales and installations, as demand for clean power …


UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 20, 2017, 7:48 p.m.

Trump’s vow to break from OPEC oil imports echoes old refrain

President Donald Trump’s pledge to make America independent from OPEC isn’t a new refrain in Washington. It’s not an easy task. It would mean replacing about 3 million barrels a …


Small nuclear reactor design submitted for federal approval

An Oregon company has asked federal officials to approve its design for a small commercial nuclear reactor that a Utah energy cooperative wants to build in Idaho.


Oil terminal case: Tribe and environmentalists win major victory in state Supreme Court

A State Supreme Court ruling Thursday has opponents of a proposed oil storage and shipping facility at the Port of Grays Harbor claiming victory, but the company behind the proposal …


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 12, 2017, 7:10 p.m.

Court throws wrench in plans for big Washington oil terminal

The Washington Supreme Court has thrown a major wrench in plans for a big oil terminal in Grays Harbor, saying the project must be reviewed under a 1989 law passed …


British Columbia approves oil pipeline to coast from Alberta

VICTORIA, British Columbia – British Columbia on Wednesday approved the expansion of Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline from the Alberta oil sands that would allow oil exports to Asia. British …


Big oil hits sweet spot as projects reap rewards of recovery

Big Oil is poised to reap rewards this year as investments made before the crude-price slump pay off just as the recovery starts.


For cheapest power on Earth, look skyward as coal falls to solar

Solar power is now cheaper than coal in some parts of the world. In less than a decade, it’s likely to be the lowest-cost option almost everywhere.


Energy companies and banks led rally on S&P 500 in 2016

In a year with no shortage of surprises and stomach-churning turns in the market, stock investors can feel pretty good about 2016.


Natural gas is 2016’s best-performing commodity amid cold blast

A polar blast that’s poised to sweep the U.S. has turned natural gas into the year’s best performer among major commodities. Frigid weather will sweep the western two-thirds of the …


License issued for Montana power storage project

Federal energy regulators have issued a license for a 400-megawatt central Montana power storage project that’s intended to supplement electricity from wind turbines and other sources.


Portland council bans new bulk fossil fuel terminals

The Portland City Council voted to ban new bulk fossil fuel storage facilities in the city.