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  • NORTH KINGSTOWN, R.I.— Construction has begun off Rhode Island's coast on the nation's first offshore wind farm, a milestone that federal and state officials say will help the fledgling U.S. industry surge ahead. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell said Monday that lenders, regulators and stakeholders can now see a path forward. Deepwater Wind is building a...

  • NEW SHOREHAM, Rhode Island, July 27- Rhode Island's Deepwater Wind will start installing the foundations for North America's first offshore wind farm on Monday, a milestone the company says could pave the way for an industry long established in Europe but that is still struggling with opposition in the United States. "Our belief is once Block Island is up and...

  • ST. LOUIS— The Ameren Corp. nuclear power plant in central Missouri was shut down for the second time in eight months Thursday after a "non-emergency" leak was found in the reaction control system. Jeff Trammel, a spokesman for St. Louis- based Ameren, called it a "minor steam leak." Ameren officials are investigating the cause.

  • Puerto Rico power company rejects bondholders' debt plan Thursday, 23 Jul 2015 | 10:54 AM ET

    SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico— Puerto Rico's power company on Thursday rejected a new proposal from bondholders that calls for an $8.1 billion debt exchange amid growing concerns the public agency could be the first one in the U.S. territory to go bankrupt. The Electric Power Authority said the proposal would not lead to a successful restructuring and does not share the...

  • French energy law dodges decisions on nuclear cuts Wednesday, 22 Jul 2015 | 2:55 PM ET

    *Sets carbon tax goal of 56 euros/ tonne by 2020. PARIS, July 22- French lawmakers passed a long-delayed energy bill on Wednesday, ushering into law President Francois Hollande's pledge to cut nuclear power to half of France's electricity mix in 2025 from 75 percent today, the highest share in the world. Accompanying the reduced nuclear contribution, renewable...

  • Gov. Ige opposes NextEra deal to buy Hawaiian Electric Tuesday, 21 Jul 2015 | 8:59 PM ET

    The sale was approved by Hawaiian Electric's shareholders in June but still needs approval from the state Public Utilities Commission. "If allowed to support Hawaii's energy goals with the Hawaiian Electric companies, NextEra Energy and its extensive renewable energy expertise and resources will strengthen and accelerate Hawaiian Electric's clean...

  • SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico— Puerto Rico's heavily indebted public power company has a new director. The Electric Energy Authority said Tuesday that Javier Quintana Mendez will oversee the troubled agency. Former executive director Juan Alicea Flores stepped down in June after overseeing the company for two years.

  • BRATTLEBORO, Vt.— State officials have decided to change plans for the disbursement of $10 million in economic development funds that will be used to help cushion the economic blow from the closing of the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant. Patricia Moulton, secretary of the Agency of Commerce and Community Development, told The Rutland Herald the changes were...

  • Summer heat sparks advisories as millions swelter Tuesday, 21 Jul 2015 | 1:16 PM ET
    A man takes a nap during a sunny day at Times Square in New York July 19, 2015.

    Temperatures are set to reach dangerous highs throughout the south and east coast as a heat wave rolls through, NBC News reports.

  • MONTPELIER, Vt.— A plan to run a 1,000- megawatt power line down Lake Champlain and across Vermont to bring Canadian power to southern New England is getting key support in the Green Mountain State. Vermont officials and TDI New England CEO Donald Jessome said Tuesday the company had reached agreements with four state agencies, three towns and the state's...

  • BANGKOK— Plans to build an 800- megawatt coal power plant and seaport near some of Thailand's most popular beaches have sparked protests and a hunger strike by activists who say energy officials are pushing ahead with the project without considering its impact on the pristine environment that makes the area an international tourist escape.

  • July 20- Omaha Public Power District said on Monday its Fort Calhoun nuclear power plant in Nebraska was manually taken offline to repair a water leak on one of its four reactor coolant pumps. The maintenance outage on the 479- megawatt Fort Calhoun nuclear power plant will not cause an interruption of electrical service to OPPD customers, the statement from...

  • KUNSHAN/ BEIJING, China, July 21- Business is roaring at Qiu Bangsheng's factory in eastern China, where whizzing machines churn out long, white strips of polypropylene that are rolled into cylinders and turned into nappies and other hygiene products. "Companies reported an improvement in business conditions in June and the property sector is warming up," said a...

  • *Australia is major coal producer. SYDNEY, July 20- Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott's hostility to "visually awful" wind farms has sent a chill through the industry and could jeopardize the country's biggest renewable energy project, a $2 billion- plus wind and solar plant in the country's north. The anti-wind farm decree could stop the CEFC from providing...

  • KINGSTON, Jamaica— Jamaica's sole electricity provider says crews have pulled down nearly 10,000 illegal connections to the power grid and police have arrested over 300 people for theft so far this year. In one town in Jamaica's St. In import-dependent Jamaica, consumers pay as much as five times more for electricity than people do in communities in South...

  • China has had the bomb for 50 years and has a stockpile of perhaps 250 weapons. This agreement facilitates the transfer of U.S. technology for civilian use, and blocking or delaying it could complicate already tense U.S.- China relations. Four American-designed reactors worth $8 billion are under construction in China, and dozens more are planned or proposed...

  • Belo Monte's second line will be Brazil's longest, stretching 2,500 kilometers from the hydroelectric complex in northern Para state in the Amazon jungle to southeastern Rio de Janeiro. The Chinese state-owned company, which had already won the concession for the first line in 2013, bid against Spain's Abengoa in the auction for the project estimated to...

  • TEMELIN NUCLEAR PLANT, Czech Republic— A quarter-century after the collapse of communism, Central Europe faces a new divide: irreconcilable visions of nuclear power that pit nations once on the opposite sides of the Iron Curtain against one another. Germany and Austria, stalwarts of the rich West, have long decided to go strictly nuclear free, while new EU...

  • TOKYO, July 17- Japan said on Friday it would slash its greenhouse gas emissions by 26 percent by 2030 from 2013 levels and would submit the plan to the United Nations later in the day as its contribution to a global summit on climate change in Paris in November. Using 2013 as a baseline, Japan's 26 percent cut would be higher than an 18 to 21 percent cut by the United...

  • Thousands in Long Beach still without power for 2nd day Thursday, 16 Jul 2015 | 10:40 AM ET

    LONG BEACH, Calif.— Thousands of Long Beach residents remained without power Thursday and stoplights around downtown were still dark, more than 24 hours after fires in three electrical vaults knocked out electricity to a section of the beachfront-port city. Southern California Edison crews were working around the clock to restore power and hoped to have it...