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  • State probing Millstone water released into sound Monday, 29 Sep 2014 | 5:55 AM ET

    WATERFORD, Conn.— State environmental officials are taking a closer look at the impact of more than 2 billion gallons of heated water discharged each day into Long Island Sound from Connecticut's nuclear plant.

  • TOKYO, Sept 29- Japan's government said the sudden deadly eruption of a volcano in central Japan won't derail its push to restart two reactors located near active volcanoes, even though the public remains opposed to nuclear power after the Fukushima crisis.

  • TOKYO, Sept 29- The deadly eruption of a volcano in Japan over the weekend will not affect the restart of the Sendai nuclear reactor, which is in a separate volcanically active area, the country's top government spokesman said on Monday.

  • MADRID/ SYDNEY, Sept 28- A year after Spain, the sunniest country in Europe, issued notice of a law forcing solar energy-equipped homes and offices to pay a punitive tax, architect Inaki Alonso re-installed a 250 watt solar panel on a beam over his Madrid roof terrace.

  • SAO PAULO, Sept 26- President Michelle Bachelet of Chile enacted new environmental tax legislation on Friday making the country the first in South America to tax carbon dioxide emissions.

  • US regulators OK 330-mile Canada-NYC power line Friday, 26 Sep 2014 | 3:08 PM ET

    ALBANY, N.Y.— Federal energy regulators have given final approval for construction of a 330- mile electric transmission line to carry lower-cost Canadian hydroelectric power to New York City.

  • $2 million solar project proposed in central Idaho Friday, 26 Sep 2014 | 12:17 PM ET

    KETCHUM, Idaho— An alternative energy company has applied for a 50- year state lease to build a $2 million, 50- acre solar project in central Idaho. Idaho Department of Lands spokeswoman Emily Callihan said the department is interested in working with Sagebrush Solar. If approved, the project would be the first of its kind on state endowment lands in Idaho.

  • Renewable energy plan hinges on huge Utah caverns Thursday, 25 Sep 2014 | 3:37 AM ET

    CHEYENNE, Wyo.— A proposal to export twice as much Wyoming wind power to Los Angeles as the amount of electricity generated by the Hoover Dam includes an engineering feat even more massive than that famous structure: Four chambers, each approaching the size of the Empire State Building, would be carved from an underground salt deposit to hold huge volumes of compressed air.

  • Duke Energy says it will close SC coal ash pits Wednesday, 24 Sep 2014 | 11:31 AM ET

    COLUMBIA, S.C.— Duke Energy told state regulators Tuesday it plans to remove coal ash from one of its South Carolina waste pits and close two more at a power station that environmentalists say threatens the Saluda River.

  • India's top court cancels coal allocations Wednesday, 24 Sep 2014 | 7:04 AM ET

    About 218 coal blocks, or areas of unmined reserves, were allocated to companies for use in power plants and steel and cement factories between 1993 and 2010. The court exempted four blocks from Wednesday's order: two operated by Reliance Power and one each by state owned companies NTPC Ltd. and Steel Authority of India Ltd. The exempted mines feed coal-fired power plants that are crucial to meeting India's energy needs.

  • Renewable energy plan hinges on huge Utah caverns Wednesday, 24 Sep 2014 | 2:02 AM ET

    CHEYENNE, Wyo.— A proposal to export twice as much Wyoming wind power to Los Angeles as the amount of electricity generated by the Hoover Dam includes an engineering feat even more massive than that famous structure: Four chambers, each approaching the size of the Empire State Building, would be carved from an underground salt deposit to hold huge volumes of compressed air.

  • Things to know about $8B wind energy proposal Tuesday, 23 Sep 2014 | 6:01 PM ET

    CHEYENNE, Wyo.— Four companies have proposed an $8 billion project to supply the Los Angeles area with large amounts of electricity from a wind farm in Wyoming. —COMPRESSED AIR: Wyoming wind seems to blow day and night, year-round.

  • US, California release roadmap for solar projects Tuesday, 23 Sep 2014 | 2:59 PM ET

    SAN FRANCISCO— State and federal officials sought Tuesday to bring order to California's boom for renewable-energy plants in the Mojave and other southern California deserts, releasing a roadmap covering 22.5 million acres that designates some areas for large-scale solar, wind and geothermal plants and others for conservation of desert habitat and animals.

  • Wind energy proposal would light Los Angeles homes Tuesday, 23 Sep 2014 | 1:47 PM ET

    LOS ANGELES— An alliance of four companies proposed an $8 billion project Tuesday that within a decade could send wind power generated on the plains of Wyoming to households in Southern California.

  • *Russia's Rosatom says signed $10 billion agreement. JOHANNESBURG, Sept 23- South Africa's nuclear cooperation deal signed this week with Russia is part of a tender process that will involve other competing countries and is not a contract to build power plants, government officials said on Tuesday.

  • JOHANNESBURG, Sept 23- South Africa's nuclear cooperation deal signed this week with Russia is part of a tender process that will involve other competing countries and is not a contract to build power plants, government officials said on Tuesday.

  • Construction starting at new factory in Buffalo Tuesday, 23 Sep 2014 | 7:15 AM ET

    BUFFALO, N.Y.— The head of a solar power company and New York's governor have broken ground for a new factory at the site of a former steel mill in Buffalo. Lyndon Rive, chief executive of San Mateo, California- based SolarCity, says it can exponentially increase output capacity.

  • MOSCOW, Sept 23- Gazprom Energoholding, the utility unit of Russia's top natural gas producer Gazprom, is planning an initial public offering of its shares in 2016, when foreign capital markets may become more open to Russian firms, its director general said.

  • Ohio utility swaps fencing to deter metal thieves Monday, 22 Sep 2014 | 9:21 AM ET

    Akron- based FirstEnergy is spending $15 million this year on such efforts to strength security at substations in northeast Ohio, company spokesman Doug Colafella told the Akron Beacon Journal. Metal thieves caused over $500,000 in losses at FirstEnergy's facilities in the region last year, Colafella said.

  • *Promises more effective heat storage than current methods. NEGEV DESERT, Israel, Sept 22- An Israeli solar power company, Brenmiller Energy, says it has developed a new, more efficient way to store heat from the sun that could give a boost to the thermal solar power industry by enabling plants to run at full capacity night and day.