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New owner says Pratt ethanol plant to reopen in late spring

An ethanol plant in Pratt closed since 2008 will reopen in late spring, an official with the Scoular Co. said Monday.

Renewal of U.S. tax credit revives some wind-energy projects

Everywhere around the country, wind energy developers are dusting off plans for wind farms following the one-year renewal of a federal tax credit as part of the “fiscal cliff” bill.

Oil prices expected to climb; wind power at a standstill

With oil prices high and natural gas prices low, Kansas oil production edged toward what could turn out to be the highest level since the mid-1990s.

Hedge fund challenges timing on bid to replace SandRidge board

Hedge fund TPG-Axon, which wants to replace SandRidge Energy’s board of directors because it is unhappy with the company’s management, said Monday that it had filed a lawsuit in Delaware Chancery Court.

SandRidge Energy increases bet on Kansas oil fields

SandRidge Energy has announced that it has an agreement to sell its wells and infrastructure in Texas’ Permian Basin region to privately held Sheridan Production Partners of Houston for $2.6 billion in cash.

Ethanol industry leaders to meet in Wichita

Following an especially difficult year, leaders of the state’s ethanol industry will gather in Wichita next week to talk about issues facing their industry.

Oil companies encouraged, but not certain of Kansas oil boom

Several of the state’s largest horizontal oil and gas drilling companies stopped short of guaranteeing a long-term oil boom in Kansas, but at a state-sponsored conference in Hutchinson on Tuesday they said they were encouraged by their results after more than a year of drilling.

Election brings renewed hope for wind energy subsidy

A breeze may be slowly stirring again for the wind energy industry after months of sitting becalmed.

In western Kansas oil country, two industries compete

There are two oil industries duking it out on the western Kansas frontier.

U.S. could overtake Saudi Arabia as biggest oil producer

U.S. oil output is surging so fast that the United States could soon overtake Saudi Arabia as the world’s biggest producer.

At 81, oilman Woolsey still been betting on the future

Those guys at the Hall of Fame quit on Wayne Woolsey too soon.

Revenue, employment continue to grow at Koch Industries

In a little more than a decade, while a lot of companies were contracting, Koch Industries has doubled its revenue and increased employment fivefold.

Oil exec: SandRidge finding increasing success in horizontal drilling in Kansas

SandRidge Energy has both the money to fund its horizontal drilling program and the results needed to justify spending it in Kansas next year, company president Matt Grubb told a group of Kansas oilmen Monday.

Livestock producers, lawmakers push for suspension of federal ethanol mandate

Livestock producers and their representatives in government are pressuring officials to suspend the federal mandate that ethanol be mixed into gasoline, although the Obama administration hasn’t indicated any inclination do to so.

Oil in Kansas: Boon for many, bane for some

Eric Smith was at the front counter of his hotel this week telling yet another caller, apologetically, that he didn’t have a room.

Sedgwick County to get its first horizontal oil well

The horizontal oil drilling boom is coming to Sedgwick County.

Colwich-to-Medicine Lodge power line ‘shaping our energy future’

Utility officials broke ground Wednesday in Colwich on what they proclaimed will be a key piece of economic development for Kansas.

Electric transmission line from Kansas to Nebraska ahead of schedule

The first phase of an electric transmission line from Kansas to Nebraska is running smoothly and construction of the second phase is six months ahead of schedule, according to the company constructing the line in Kansas.

Wind farms a cash crop for rural Kansas counties

Kansas is finally putting all that wind to good use.

Chesapeake shareholders vent, rebuke board

Chesapeake Energy Corp. shareholders rebuked the company’s board by withholding support for two directors up for re-election at Friday’s annual meeting. Both directors have tendered their resignation.

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