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Berkshire Hathaway to spend $32.36 billion for Precision Castparts

...makes components for aircraft, power plants and other industrial uses. It has been hit hard by tumbling crude and natural gas prices, but it appears to have strong long-term prospects. Buffet told CNBC that he would have bought it even if he...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2015-08-10/berkshire-hathaway-spend-3
Consumers enjoying lower energy costs amid rout in prices of fossil fuels

...Development in Canada's tar sands has slowed considerably since prices fell.Low electricity prices, a result of low natural gas prices, make it harder for alternatives like wind and solar to compete. But low prices can make environmentally-friendly...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2015-08-04/consumers-enjoying-lower-e
Natural gas surpasses coal as biggest US electricity source

...depending on price.The EIA said in a May report that it expects the level of coal-generated electricity to rebound as natural gas prices rise later this year and coal-fired plants return from spring maintenance. Overall, the EIA expects about 36...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2015-07-13/natural-gas-surpasses-coal
Final federal loan guarantee finalized for Plant Vogtle project

...in 2005 as an incentive to help build new nuclear reactors. The nuclear renaissance has been derailed by plunging natural gas prices and construction delays and cost overruns at Vogtle and similar nuclear projects.MEAG owns 22.7 percent of the...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/metro/2015-06-24/final-federal-loan-guarantee-
Shell's $70 billion takeover could herald wave of mergers

...summer to a low around $45 before recovering somewhat in recent weeks to trade at $58 a barrel on Wednesday. Global natural gas prices have also dropped, because most of the natural gas traded internationally is linked to the price of oil.Analysts...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2015-04-08/shells-70-billion-takeover
Last coal train this week for UGA

...for the gas boilers. The electric boiler will be more expensive to operate per unit of steam than the gas boilers, but will give UGA an alternate fuel source in case natural gas supplies are interrupted, or when natural gas prices spike.

http://chronicle.augusta.com/latest-news/2014-12-29/last-coal-train-week-uga
Exxon, Chevron post higher earnings despite low oil prices

...and it cost both companies. Exxon's revenue slipped by 4 percent and Chevron's by 8 percent.But low oil and natural gas prices make for low raw material costs ? and higher profit ? for refining and chemical operations, which turn oil and...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2014-10-31/exxon-chevron-post-higher-
Why drop in oil prices could squeeze US economy

...because of lower fuel prices.When energy prices fall because of rising supplies, it can help the economy. U.S. natural gas prices fell even as the economy was recovering from the financial crisis. Those lower prices helped manufacturers by lowering...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2014-10-13/why-drop-oil-prices-could-
Small modular reactor development faces slow, fading progress at Savannah River Site

...development of small modular reactors has faced funding challenges and competing energy sources ? mainly falling natural gas prices that jilted the nuclear industry's comeback ? leaving some questioning if the mini-reactors will ever be viable...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/latest-news/2015-01-11/small-modular-reactor-develo
US predicts less oppressive heating bills this winter

...because last year's cold winter drained gas in storage.ELECTRICITY: Electricity prices are heavily influenced by natural gas prices, so they're on the rise. But customers should use less this winter, and average bills are expected to fall nationwide...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2014-10-07/us-predicts-less-oppressiv