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US-aided Solyndra goes bankrupt

Starting with about $1 billion in venture capital and a $535-million federal government loan guarantee, the high-profile solar-panel maker Solyndra Inc. finally shut doors Wednesday.

North Sea oil spill stopped -- Shell

Gannet Alpha platform

Royal Dutch Shell PLC has announced that it has managed to stop the leak from its faulty pipeline at the Gannet Alpha platform in worst North Sea oil spill in more than a decade.

Environment-wise: Thomson Airways to fly planes on cooking oil

Cooking oil is no more only a kitchen product. The common food staple has found its place in the airline industry as an unusual new fuel.

NJ's 2 nuclear plants get 20-year extension

Amid the nuclear power plants coming under scanner after the mishap at the nuclear plant in Japan, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission has renewed the license of two nuclear plants in southern New Jersey for 20 years.

Google to shut down health, power services

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After being online for three years, curtains are now falling on the Google's Health and PowerMeter services. Lack of public interest has prompted the closure, said the company.

Xcel Energy phone poll deceptive: Residents

Xcel Energy is facing criticism over a phone survey from officials and residents of Boulder, who say the poll had misleading information about the ‘Energy Future’ campaign of the city.

Solar power gaining popularity amid decreasing installation costs

Applied Materials Inc. today released the results of the third annual solar energy survey, a day before 21st June when the northern hemisphere celebrates the summer solstice. Applied Materials provides equipment, services and software that supports the production of advanced semiconductor, flat panel display and solar photovoltaic products.

President of the Solar division of Applied Materials, Dr.

U.S. gas prices down 17 cents, fall likely to continue

Gas prices in the U.S. have fallen by nearly 17 cents in the last three weeks, said a survey published on Sunday. The drop in gas prices is likely to continue, it predicts.

GE invests in ESolar to build hybrid power plants

The General Electric Co. (GE) is surely betting big on the renewable energy industry.

CO2 emissions soar to record levels, IEA says

After a dip in 2009 caused by the global financial crisis, energy-related carbon-dioxide (CO2) emissions reached a record high in 2010, the International Energy Agency (IEA) said Monday.