2012 was a big year for news across the energy industry, with major headlines in both the power and petroleum sectors. Below are 10 of the top articles from PennEnergy.com in 2012, representing some of the most talked about stories in the industry.
U.S. shale gas reserve estimates plummet
Estimates of shale natural gas reserves in the U.S. show a surprising step backward for the rapidly growing industry.
xplosion at coal-fired St. Clair power plant injures worker
A worker at DTE Energy’s coal-fired Saint Clair power plant was treated for minor injuries following an explosion in a coal bunker at the facility.
Iran turns tables on European embargo
Iran announced plans to implement its own embargo in response to the European Union's decision to ban imports from the oil-producing Middle Eastern nation.
Coal-fired Iatan 1 power plant rocked by explosion
No employees or contractors were injured, all plant personnel are accounted for and the fire was contained quickly.
26 killed in Mexican gas plant explosion
Approximately 700 people were working in the plant at the time of the blast.
Transformer explosion rocks Con Edison plant (Video)
A transformer explosion rocked a Con Edison power station in lower Manhattan as Hurricane Sandy ravaged the city.
Worker killed in explosion at BP gas compression station
The explosion closed down the plant and a portion of U.S. Highway 160.
Massive fire breaks out at Tilbury power station east of London
Emergency operations were challenged by the location of the fire, high up in the wood pellet hopper of the main building.
Oil tanker hits U.S. Navy ship
A U.S. Naval ship collided with a Panamanian oil tanker early on Sunday morning in the politically-charged Strait of Hormuz.
World's first commercial demonstration algae-to-energy facility operational
The Green Crude Farm, also known as an Integrated Algal Bio-Refinery, was funded with both private and public funds.