Major spill from the ExxonMobil Pegasus pipeline in Arkansas

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Route of the Pegasus pipeline. Source: ExxonMobil. Click to enlarge. A breach in ExxonMobil’s Pegasus crude oil pipeline occurred late Friday afternoon near Mayflower, AR (about 20 miles north northwest of Little Rock and at the southeastern end of the Lake Conway reservoir).

PHEV Day 161 - Friday, 21 March 2009. From Vicksburg, MS to the 46th State Capitol - Little Rock, Arkansas

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Hwy 65 parallels somewhat in-land the Mississippi and goes over the flat, broad and green of first Louisiana into the flat, broad and green of Arkansas. After a late evening photo session at the Arkansas State Capitol, the "Spirit" and EVJerry made the stayover was at Little Rock Air Force Base. Cheers PHEV3A'rs, EVADC'rs, and EVnthusiasts, One & All - The "Spirit" started cruising on a sunny Friday afternoon, 20 March 2009.

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Huckabee: The electric car of the 2008 race

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Mike Huckabee, ex-Governor of Arkansas and longshot contender, said in an interview decrying the wasteful spending of his GOP rivals: “You will not find a more frugal operation than ours and you will also not find a more efficient, better miles per gallon,” said Huckabee, who did not single out any opponents specifically. “If Election blog points us to an unexpected positive and apt analogy to electric cars by a Republican candidate for President.

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CenterPoint adding natural gas vehicles to fleet, more fueling stations

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CenterPoint Energy, a US energy delivery company, is adding 35 natural gas vehicles to its fleet across Arkansas, Louisiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, Oklahoma and Texas. Additionally, the company expects to provide natural gas service to at least 17 new compressed natural gas fueling stations built in the company’s service territory.

US vehicle miles travelled up 3% in first 9 months of 2016 to 2.4 trillion miles

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billion miles of 19 states—Alaska, Arkansas, Delaware, Hawaii, Idaho, Kansas, Maine, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Dakota, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Utah, Vermont, West Virginia, Wyoming – and Washington, D.C. US driving topped 2.4

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USDA providing $9.6M to create 9,000 acres of BCAP project areas for non-food energy crop production

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million for the creation of two new Biomass Crop Assistance Program ( BCAP ) project areas in New York and North Carolina, and the expansion of an already established BCAP project area in Arkansas. Additionally, BCAP Project Area 2 in northeast Arkansas will expand its area within three counties, bringing enrollment up to nearly 8,000 acres of Giant Miscanthus. This Arkansas BCAP project area is sponsored by MFA Oil Biomass LLC, in Columbia, Mo.

Postal Fleet Services selects Ryder for natural gas vehicle solution in four states; 20 CNG heavy-duty trucks

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Ryder has CNG and Liquefied natural gas (LNG) customers in Arizona, Arkansas, California, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, Pennsylvania, Texas, Utah, Wisconsin and in both Ontario and Quebec, Canada. Ryder System announced that Postal Fleet Services has signed a full-service agreement for 20 compressed natural gas (CNG) heavy-duty vehicles supporting mail delivery operations in Orlando, Fla., Lafayette, La., Jackson, Miss., and La Vergne, Tenn.

Are Hybrids Shockingly Risky?

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Flash floods in Nashville, Tennessee, northeast Nebraska, Arkansas, and most recently in France and China have reminded us of the dangers associated with rapidly rising waters. For the past several weeks a leading headline in local and national news has been flooding.

Study finds methane leaks from three large US natural gas fields in line with EPA estimates

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Tens of thousands of pounds of methane leak per hour from equipment in three major natural gas basins that span Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas and Pennsylvania, according to airborne measurements, but the overall leak rate from those basins is only about 1% of gas production there——lower than leak rates measured in other gas fields, and in line with EPA estimates. Methane emissions in the Fayetteville shale region of Arkansas were roughly 43 tons (86,000 lbs) per hour, or 1.0-2.8%

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BMW and Nissan again partner to add 174 more DC fast chargers in US with EVgo

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States and markets in which BMW and Nissan have installed dual-port DC Fast chargers on the EVgo network include: Arkansas, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Washington D.C., BMW and Nissan have again joined forces—this time with EVgo, the nation’s largest public DC Fast charging network—to increase public access to DC Fast charging stations across the US.

Wolfspeed wins 2016 R&D 100 Award for wide bandgap underhood inverter for HEVs/EVs

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Wolfspeed, A Cree Company, a leading global supplier of silicon carbide (SiC) power products, won a 2016 R&D 100 Award for its high-temperature, wide-bandgap (WBG) underhood inverter for hybrid and electric vehicles.

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New Illinois law raises speed limit to 70 mph on rural highways

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The 36 other states with speed limits of 70 mph or higher, are Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, and Wyoming.

Plains All American to build $900M, 200K bpd pipeline from Cushing to Memphis

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Construction of the pipeline will enhance the refinery’s long-term ability to produce gasoline, diesel and jet fuel for the greater Memphis and eastern Arkansas area. Plains All American Pipeline, L.P. will construct the Diamond Pipeline, a 440-mile (708 km), 20-inch crude oil pipeline that will provide capacity of up to 200,000 barrels per day of domestic sweet crude from the Plains Cushing, Okla.

Researchers create graphene-like structure with transition metal atoms

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An international group of physicists led by the University of Arkansas has created an artificial graphene-like structure with transition metal atoms in place of carbon atoms. The U of A-led group published its findings in Physical Review Letters. Graphene, discovered in 2004, is a one-atom-thick sheet of graphite.

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Alliance AutoGas launches 5300-mile, 12-city Coast-to-Coast Clean Air Ride with converted F-150

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Local Clean Cities Host Partners include: Metropolitan Energy Center/Kansas City Regional Clean Cities; Northern Colorado Clean Cities; Utah Clean Cities Coalition; Western Washington Clean Cities; Valley of the Sun Clean Cities Coalition; Land of Enchantment Clean Cities; Central Oklahoma Clean Cities/Association of Central Oklahoma Governments; Arkansas Clean Cities; Clean Cities- Georgia; North Florida Clean Fuels Coalition and Land of Sky Clean Cities Coalition.

New two-step process for converting algae to butanol

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A team of chemical engineers at the University of Arkansas has developed a new, two-step method for converting algae into butanol. The team, led by assistant professor Jamie Hestekin, first applies acid hydrolysis to dried algae and then begins a two-step process by first converting the resulting sugars into butyric, lactic and acetic acids. The second stage of their process focuses on butyric acid and its conversion into butanol.

Delek sells AltAir renewable diesel/jet business to World Energy for $72M

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The refining assets consist of refineries operated in Tyler and Big Spring, Texas, El Dorado, Arkansas and Krotz Springs, Louisiana with a combined nameplate crude throughput capacity of 302,000 barrels per day. Delek US Holdings has sold AltAir Paramount, LLC and Delek’s Paramount, California refining and pipeline assets to an affiliate of Boston-based World Energy, LLC, a major biodiesel producer.

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Ryder 1st commercial fleet provider to surpass 100M natural gas vehicle miles

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Ryder’s NGV fleet consists of compressed and liquefied NGVs serving customers in Arizona, Arkansas, California, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, New York, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Wisconsin and in both Ontario and Québec, Canada. Ryder System, Inc. announced that its fleet of natural gas vehicles (NGVs) has surpassed 100 million miles of operations, making it the first commercial fleet outsourcing provider to reach this milestone.

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Follow the sand to the real fracking boom

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One of the hottest new frac sand venues is in Arkansas’ Ozark Mountains, which is not only closer by half to the major shale plays, saving at least 25% per ton on transportation costs, but also allows for year-round production that will fill the gap in shortages when winter prevents mining in northern states. by James Stafford of

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Automakers meet Oklahoma Governor and state procurement experts to explore RFP for CNG vehicles for state fleets

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While 14 Governors have signed a MOU in support of the initiative, in total 22 states have shown an interest in the RFP including Oklahoma, Colorado, Arkansas, Connecticut, Hawaii, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Minnesota, Mississippi, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia and Wyoming.

Wolfspeed introduces new all-SiC high performance half-bridge power module & gate driver combination

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Wolfspeed, a Cree Company and a supplier of silicon carbide (SiC) power products, has introduced the first fully-qualified commercial power module from its Fayetteville, Arkansas location. The new module allows systems designers to realize lighter weight systems that are up to 67% smaller by achieving efficiencies of over 98% and improvements in power density of up to 10 times compared to systems built with silicon-based technologies.

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Albemarle develops technology to recover lithium from brine

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This newly developed technology will allow the company to recover lithium that is present in the brines at its Magnolia, Arkansas bromine facility and utilize it to produce lithium carbonate. Albemarle Corporation has developed a proprietary technology for lithium extraction from brine. The market for lithium chemicals is expected to grow rapidly, reaching $1.2 billion globally by 2015, primarily from increased demand for batteries in electrical vehicles.

Shell Oil replacing Ryder diesel trucks with with Ryder LNG trucks for operations in Louisiana and Texas

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Ryder has deployed CNG and Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) vehicles into the fleets of Ryder customers in Arizona, Arkansas, California, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, New York, Texas, Utah, Wisconsin, and Quebec, Canada. Shell Oil Company has signed an agreement with Ryder System for 15 liquefied natural gas (LNG) heavy-duty vehicles supporting oil and gas logistics operations in Lafayette, La. and Houston, Texas.

Ford using rice hull-reinforced plastic in F-150s

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The rice hulls are sourced from farms in Arkansas and will replace a talc-based reinforcement in a polypropylene composite made by RheTech, a Whitmore Lake, Mich.-based Ford is using plastic reinforced with rice hulls—a byproduct of rice grain—in an electrical harness in the 2014 F-150. The company will need at least 45,000 pounds of hulls in the first year. The 2014 F-Series exemplifies our continued efforts to use recycled content in our vehicles.

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USDA establishes four additional Biomass Crop Assistance Program project areas

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Acreage in Arkansas, Missouri, Ohio and Pennsylvania will be designated to grow giant miscanthus, a sterile hybrid warm-season grass that can be converted into energy to be used for heat, power, liquid biofuels, and bio-based products. Project areas announced include: Project Area Number 2 is in Arkansas and targets 2011 enrollment of 5,588 acres in Craighead, Greene, Jackson, Lawrence, Mississippi, Poinsett, and Randolph counties.

EPA announces availability of $26M for projects to reduce diesel emissions from existing fleet

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Region 6 (Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas): EPA is requesting proposals between $400,000 and $2,700,000. The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the availability of $26 million in grant funding to establish clean diesel projects aimed at reducing emissions from the US’ existing fleet of diesel engines.

NSF awards $55.5M to support 3 new Engineering Research Centers; one focused on power electronics

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POETS will be led by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in partnership with Howard University, Stanford University and the University of Arkansas. The US National Science Foundation (NSF) has invested $55.5 million in three new Engineering Research Centers (ERCs) to create novel technology platforms and transform industries.

DOE fielding aircraft-based study of aerosols generated by wildfires and agriculture burns in US

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Scientists from the US.

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Myriant receives USDA loan guarantee to close bond placement for construction of bio-succinic acid plant

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HEARTLAND Bank, Little Rock, Arkansas, is the Lender of Record through the B&I Loan Program and will service the bonds. Myriant Corporation closed a $25 million private bond placement for the construction of its flagship commercial bio-succinic acid plant located in Lake Providence, Louisiana. The placement utilized the Business and Industry (“B&I”) Rural Development Loan Guarantee program that is administered by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).

Clean Energy to provide LNG to Hawaii Gas; additional agreements in trucking, transit and refuse markets

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Clean Energy began providing fueling solutions at the Pilot Flying J station in West Memphis, Arkansas, furthering its partnership with the largest operator of travel centers and travel plazas in North America. Clean Energy Fuels Corp. has secured a contract to provide liquefied natural gas (LNG) to Hawaii Gas, the State of Hawaii’s only franchised gas utility.

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US DOE awards KiOR loan guarantee supporting a more than $1B biofuels project; drop-in fuels from wood biomass

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KiOR also has additional projects in various stages of development in Arkansas, Alabama and other southern states. KiOR, Inc., a developer of a catalytic pyrolysis process to produce renewable oil from biomass, has received a term sheet for a loan guarantee from the US Department of Energy’s Loan Guarantee Program supporting a more than $1-billion biofuels project. The project would convert wood biomass into drop in biofuels such as gasoline and diesel fuel.

ARRA Funding for Plug Power and Customers Will Result in Deployment of More Than 304 Fuel Cell Drive Units for Lift Trucks

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Replacing lead acid batteries in electric lift trucks, these product installations will allow for fleet conversions within warehouses and distribution centers in Arkansas, Colorado, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina and Texas. Plug Power Inc. has received more than $6 million in awards from the United States Department of Energy (DOE) for fuel cell market transformation programs. Earlier post.) The funding was provided via the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

Westinghouse and Ameren Missouri form NexStart SMR Alliance for rapid licensing and deployment of Westinghouse Small Modular Reactor technology; targeting operation in 2022

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Westinghouse Electric Company and the Missouri Electric Alliance led by Ameren Missouri have formed a utility participation group called the NexStart SMR Alliance to advance deployment of the Westinghouse Small Modular Reactor (SMR). Earlier post.). Design overview of the Westinghouse SMR.

Exxon Mobil Acquiring XTO Energy in $41B Deal; Enhances US Position in Unconventional Natural Gas and Oil

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Its properties are concentrated in Texas, New Mexico, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Wyoming, Colorado, Utah, Louisiana and Montana. Exxon Mobil Corporation is acquiring XTO Energy Inc. in an all-stock transaction valued at $41 billion. The agreement, which is subject to XTO stockholder approval and regulatory clearance, will enhance ExxonMobil’s position in the development of unconventional natural gas and oil resources.

New hybrid sweetgum trees could boost paper, bioenergy production

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The new hybrid has been well accepted by forest landowners, particularly in the western areas of the Southeast, including Texas, Arkansas and Oklahoma. Researchers at the University of Georgia (UGA) have crossed American sweetgums with their Chinese cousins, creating hybrid sweetgum trees that have a better growth rate and denser wood than natives, and can produce fiber year-round.

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NOAA: Average US Temperature in September 1 F Above 20th Century Average

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Arkansas registered its second wettest September, Tennessee its fifth, with Mississippi and Alabama posting their sixth wettest on record.

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UI, ExxonMobil study finds where bioenergy crops would grow best while minimizing detrimental effects on aquatic ecosystems

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Miscanthus and Cave-in-Rock are less suitable in areas such as Missouri, southern Illinois, and Mississippi River watershed regions of eastern Arkansas.

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DOE, BOEMRE and NOAA awarding nearly $5M for projects to advance ocean renewable energy

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The University of Arkansas Center for Advanced Spatial Technologies (Fayetteville, Arkansas) will develop the Visual Impact Evaluation System for Offshore Renewable Energy.

US DOE Selects 43 Projects for $92M in ARPA-E Funding; 3 on Automotive Power Electronics

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The awards in this tranche focus on power electronics, grid-scale energy storage, and building efficiency; of the 43, three are categorized specifically for the automotive market—power electronics projects led by HRL Laboratories, LLC; Arkansas Power Electronics International, Inc.;

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New Research Alliance to Promote Low-Impact Drilling Technologies

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University of Arkansas. The Houston Advanced Research Center ( HARC ) and the Harold Vance Department of Petroleum Engineering at Texas A&M University are establishing a collaborative research program to promote advanced technology for low-impact oil and gas drilling.

VIMS Collaborates with StatoilHydro on Algae Biofuel Project

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Other key partners are the Williamsburg energy advisory firm Blackrock Energy, the University of Maryland, the Smithsonian Institution, the University of Arkansas, and HydroMentia, a Florida company that works with water-treatment technologies.

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Lux: future use of wide bandgap materials in power electronics will reduce EV cost

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the National Renewable Energy Laboratory; and the University of Arkansas National Center for Reliable Electric Power Transmission, to develop two independent 55 kW traction drive designs (one SiC-based and one GaN-based) to showcase the performance capabilities of WBG power devices. Power savings in plug-in vehicles versus total savings per car. Source: Lux. Click to enlarge.

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DOE Awards Up to $6.9M to Nine Projects for Shale Gas and Coalbed Methane Production

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University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, Ark. This will provide a science-based tool that can be used to support development of energy resources in the Fayetteville Shale region of Arkansas. The Office of Fossil Energy’s National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) has selected nine new projects targeting environmental tools and technology for shale gas and coalbed methane (CBM) production.

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