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  • SAO PAULO, July 29- Brazilian federal police are investigating potential irregularities in a military program that aims to build a nuclear-powered submarine in partnership with France by 2023, newspaper Folha de S. Paulo reported on Wednesday. Former President Luiz Inacio da Silva's government agreed in 2008 to purchase five submarines, including a...

  • The ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit orders the EPA to redo sulfur-dioxide and nitrogen-oxide standards for 13 states, mostly in the South and Midwest, that contribute to soot and smog along the East Coast. The April 2014 ruling was an important victory for the Obama administration and capped a decades-long effort by the...

  • The arrests come as federal police follow allegations that a price-fixing, bribery and political kickback scheme they discovered at Petrobras extends to other state-led firms, including Eletrobras, Brazil's largest utility. Federal prosecutor Athayde Ribeiro Costa told journalists that police also had arrested Andrade Gutierrez executive Flavio...

  • CURITIBA, Brazil, July 28- Brazilian police on Tuesday arrested two people involved in building a nuclear power plant for Brazil's Eletrobras, pulling the state-led utility holding company into a giant corruption scandal surrounding state-run oil company Petrobras. The arrests come as Brazil's Federal Police and federal prosecutors follow allegations...

  • SAO PAULO, July 28- Brazilian federal police said on Tuesday they were completing two arrest warrants as part of a corruption investigation into Eletronuclear, a subsidiary of state-run electric utility Eletrobras. Federal police called a press conference for 10 a.m., to discuss the operation, which also included 23 search and seizure warrants in several...

  • PGE beats 2Q profit forecasts Tuesday, 28 Jul 2015 | 5:10 AM ET

    PORTLAND, Ore. _ Portland General Electric Co. on Tuesday reported second-quarter profit of $35 million. The average estimate of four analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 43 cents per share. This story was generated by Automated Insights using data from Zacks Investment Research.

  • AUGUSTA, Maine— A Texas company is pushing forward with an effort to build a massive wind power project in Aroostook County that would be the largest of its kind in New England. EDP Renewables, which recently submitted its application to the Maine Department of Environmental Protection, needs to get the green light from the state before it can begin building the...

  • NEW SHOREHAM, Rhode Island, July 27- Rhode Island's Deepwater Wind began 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 still struggling with opposition in the United States. "Our belief is once Block Island is up and running, it will...

  • European shares close sharply lower on China concerns Monday, 27 Jul 2015 | 12:28 PM ET

    *China- exposed stocks among top decliners. LONDON, July 27- European equities dropped to a two-week low on Monday, recording their fifth straight daily decline, as fears for China's growth prospects overshadowed some forecast-beating results. But shares fell further following a weaker start on Wall Street on concerns that China's growth prospects were...

  • 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.