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War of 1812 makes it into the Keystone pipeline debate at U.S. Congress

WASHINGTON - Against all odds, the War of 1812 managed to work its way into the American debate on the Keystone XL pipeline on Wednesday. It began as a good-natured joke at a news conference on Capitol Hill, became a running gag throughout the event and, by the end, it managed to morph into a serious point about U.S. energy security. Pipeline proponents held the event to bolster their case by pointing to the dispute with Russia.

Fuel ration seems to have been dismantled in N. Korea: report

SEOUL, Feb. 3 (Yonhap) -- A fuel ration system in North Korea seems to have been dismantled due to a chronic fuel shortage, a report said Monday. The report by the state-run Korea Energy Economics Institute (KEEI) said a majority of households in North Korea secure their fuel for heating and cooking on the black market or by themselves, hinting that the country's fuel ration system might have been scrapped. The report was made on the basis of data compiled from a poll of 350 North Korean defectors who fled the country after 2011.

Bipartisan group of antinuclear lawmakers urge energy policy rethink

A bipartisan group of antinuclear lawmakers on Wednesday urged the government to revise its draft energy policy that supports atomic power, saying it should respect prevailing public opinion against nuclear power generation. The group of ruling and opposition lawmakers also called for the inclusion of numerical goals to promote energy conservation and renewable energy, and recommended setting a goal of 40 percent of electric power to be generated by renewable energy sources such as wind and solar by 2030.

Bipartisan group of antinuclear lawmakers urge energy policy rethink

A bipartisan group of antinuclear lawmakers on Wednesday urged the government to revise its draft energy policy that supports atomic power, saying it should respect prevailing public opinion against nuclear power generation. The group of ruling and opposition lawmakers also called for the inclusion of numerical goals to promote energy conservation and renewable energy, and recommended setting a goal of 40 percent of electric power to be generated by renewable energy sources such as wind and solar by 2030.

Franco-German energy firm seen focused on renewables: sources

PARIS (Reuters) - A French-German joint initiative in the energy sector announced by President Francois Hollande is likely to focus on renewable energy but is not aimed at forging alliances between major utilities firms, political and industrial sources said.

Obama orders review of U.S. energy infrastructure

By Jeff Mason and Valerie Volcovici WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama on Thursday ordered a broad review of the country's energy infrastructure, noting that factors such as rising demand and climate change have put increased pressure on the aging system. In a statement announcing the launch of a Quadrennial Energy Review, the White House said an associated task force would spend the next year studying the systems required for "transporting, transmitting, and delivering energy."

Thousands without power as heat wave hits Argentina

Buenos Aires, Dec 22 (EFE).- In the midst of a heat wave, thousands of Argentines living in the capital's metropolitan area on Sunday are still without power, while demand for electricity keeps growing and reaching peak levels, the Federal Planning Ministry said. The Argentine power grid set a new record for electricity demand on a Saturday when the consumption level reached 20.605 megawatts, the ministry said in a statement. The new record exceeds the old one set last week, when power demand peaked at 20.287 MW.

Gov't hikes electricity rates to cut energy consumption

SEJONG, Nov. 19 (Yonhap) -- The South Korean government said Tuesday that it will raise electricity rates by an average 5.4 percent in an attempt to deter the country's heavy use of electricity, which has prompted concerns over a possible blackout during peak seasons. Starting from Thursday, the average price of electricity for households will be raised by 2.7 percent, while that of electricity consumed by the industrial sector and large office buildings will be hiked by an average 6.4 percent and 5.8 percent, respectively, according to the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy.

Gas boom to reshape US role in Asia

A boom in gas production will reshape the US role in Asia and could fuel new tensions with a growing, energy-hungry China, a new report says. US foreign policy has historically been based largely on demand for outside energy, with Washington closely allying itself with oil-rich Arab monarchies.

Microsoft enters 20-year deal to buy Texas wind power as part of a plan to be carbon neutral

HOUSTON - It takes a lot of energy to store all the data 1 billion people and 20 million businesses plug into their computers, phones, tablets and gadgets. So as part of an effort to become carbon neutral, Microsoft Corp. has entered a 20-year deal to buy power from a new wind farm in Texas, the first time the tech giant is directly purchasing electricity from a specific source.
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