Regardless of which city Amazon chooses for its second headquarters, the retailer should decline tax incentives and invest in that city's local community, a coalition wrote to CEO Jeff Bezos, saying Amazon should "pay [its] fair share if you end up being our neighbor." Amazon did not comment on the letter, which is signed by numerous pro-labor, pro-community and responsible-development advocates, and which includes several civic responsibility requests.
New-well productivity in North Dakota's Bakken Shale is expected to be the highest of all major US shale plays in November, helped by enhanced completion techniques and a focus on core acreage, according to the Energy Information Administration. Separately, the first shipment of Bakken oil to China is expected next month in a sale made by Continental Resources.
Colonial Pipeline will increase capacity at two of its lines by 50,000 barrels per day by March 2019, the pipeline operator announced on Thursday. The expansions to one gasoline and diesel line each would be the first since 2013.
Canadian producer Cenovus Energy will sell oil-producing assets in Alberta's Palliser field to Schlumberger and Torxen Energy for $1.04 billion. The sale is part of Cenovus' plan to divest assets this year to repay debt from its acquisition of ConocoPhillips' Canadian operations.
The City Council of Lafayette, Colo., on Tuesday voted in favor of a yearlong moratorium on new oil and natural gas drilling. The measure still needs a second vote before it can become official.
Better turbine technology and cost control are making areas with lower wind speeds viable for wind energy, said John Hensley, American Wind Energy Association deputy director of industry data and analysis.
The 253-megawatt, 100-turbine Amazon Wind farm in Scurry County, Texas, was officially opened Thursday by Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos smashing a bottle of champagne over a General Electric turbine from 300 feet up in the air. This is Amazon's 18th US wind or solar project and more are planned.
Energy Secretary Rick Perry's proposed rulemaking to benefit nuclear and coal-burning power plants is costly, unnecessary and isn't an effective way to increase grid resiliency, writes Charles Hernick of Citizens for Responsible Energy Solutions. "Diverse energy sources -- and wind energy in particular, kept the lights on during the Polar Vortex while coal piles froze and gas pipelines couldn't keep up with demand," he writes.
Facebook has agreed to purchase 200 megawatts of output from the 320-MW Rattlesnake Creek wind farm in Dixon County, Neb. Tradewind expects to break ground on the project this year ahead of a late 2018 start date.
Rocky Mountain Power has requested a lower wind and solar integration rate from the Idaho Public Utilities Commission, arguing that wind costs have fallen since the rate was set in 2008.
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