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  • BUENOS AIRES, Dec 19- Argentina has held a preliminary auction to award the contract to build a $1.84 billion hydroelectric dam in the southern province of Neuquen, the country's Planning Ministry said on Friday. Construction of the dam called Chihuido, in Argentina's Patagonia region, will be managed by a consortium of the following Argentine companies:...

  • A look at large coal ash spills in the US Friday, 19 Dec 2014 | 3:46 PM ET

    The Obama announcement ended a six-year effort that began after a massive spill of the ash that contains toxins at a Tennessee power plant in 2008. Since then, the EPA has documented coal ash waste sites tainting hundreds of waterways and underground aquifers in numerous states with heavy metals and other toxic contaminants. The Tennessee Valley Authority...

  • PacifiCorp Energy pleads guilty in bird deaths Friday, 19 Dec 2014 | 2:49 PM ET

    CHEYENNE, Wyo.— Wind farm operator PacifiCorp Energy will pay $2.5 million in fines after pleading guilty Friday to charges related to the deaths of protected birds in Wyoming. The subsidiary of Portland, Oregon- based PacifiCorp pleaded guilty in federal court in Wyoming to two counts of violating the federal Migratory Bird Treaty Act under a plea deal with...

  • EPA sets first national standard for coal waste Friday, 19 Dec 2014 | 3:08 AM ET

    "The regulatory uncertainty that has impeded the beneficial use of coal ash for half a decade has finally come to an end," said Thomas H. Adams, the executive director of the American Coal Ash Association. "EPA's final decision to regulate coal ash as a' non-hazardous' material puts science ahead of politics and clears the way for beneficial use of ash to begin growing...

  • "If people think this is just to raise the flag, it's not going to last long," said Christopher Flensborg, Head of Sustainable Products and Product Development for Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken AB, the Swedish bank that's the world's largest underwriter of green bonds. Green bonds used to come exclusively from AAA-rated organizations like the World Bank; the...

  • Nevada regulators reject tribal solar plant again Wednesday, 17 Dec 2014 | 11:35 AM ET

    LAS VEGAS— Nevada regulators on Wednesday refused a second request to waive competitive bids for utility company NV Energy to buy solar power from a proposed solar generation station on the Moapa River Paiute Indian Reservation outside Las Vegas. Proponents said they hope the company will try again, while state Bureau of Consumer Protection chief Eric...

  • VANCOUVER, Dec 16- British Columbia will go ahead with building the Site C hydroelectric dam, Premier Christy Clark said on Tuesday, even as the controversial project's estimated cost rose to as much as C $8.78 billion. Critics say the dam, planned for the Peace River in northeastern British Columbia, will flood farmland and destroy wildlife habitat and heritage...

  • Kansas firm moves ahead on wind as rule is debated Tuesday, 16 Dec 2014 | 4:58 PM ET

    TOPEKA, Kan.— Kansas' largest electric company announced plans Tuesday to buy power from a wind farm under development to meet a state renewable-energy mandate, as legislators prepared for another debate over repealing the requirement. Westar Energy Inc. said it expects Cedar Bluffs in Ness and Trego counties in western Kansas to start generating power by the...

  • NC group wants Duke Energy to slow plants building Tuesday, 16 Dec 2014 | 12:09 PM ET

    RALEIGH, N.C.— A North Carolina group advocating renewable energy said Tuesday it is pressing federal regulators to investigate whether Duke Energy should buy power from other Southeast electric companies and build fewer power plants that cost consumers. Duke Energy responded in a statement that NC WARN is complaining after the company built natural gas...

  • Study: Your all-electric car may not be so green Tuesday, 16 Dec 2014 | 6:48 AM ET

    Ethanol isn't so green, either. "It's kind of hard to beat gasoline" for public and environmental health, said study co-author Julian Marshall, an engineering professor at the University of Minnesota. "Unfortunately, when a wire is connected to an electric vehicle at one end and a coal-fired power plant at the other end, the environmental consequences are worse...

  • Power outages drop to under 900 in Vermont Sunday, 14 Dec 2014 | 12:23 PM ET

    MONTPELIER, Vt.— The number of homes and businesses still without power in Vermont has dropped to just under 4,000.. By late Sunday afternoon, Green Mountain Power was reporting about 1,600 outages, with the largest concentration in Rutland County. The Vermont Electric Cooperative was reporting more than 2,200 outages, most in Chittenden County.

  • JOHANNESBURG, Dec 12- South Africa will announce a series of renewable energy projects on Monday that will add 1,000 megawatts of power into the country's constrained electricity grid, sources close to the deals told Reuters. Another non-government source familiar with the bidding said the following firms were strong contenders: Johannesburg- based...

  • CAPE TOWN, Dec 11- South Africa will increase diesel and gas imports and sign a private sector coal-fired power plant deal as it seeks to stem chronic electricity shortages, the cabinet said on Thursday. South Africa has suffered its worst power shortages since 2008 this month due to creaking infrastructure, power plant failures and emergency maintenance.

  • TOKYO, Dec 11- Once at the forefront of the fight again global warming, Japan is now facing calls from other big economies such as China to set fresh emissions targets as Tokyo increases its use of dirty coal energy to replace nuclear. Japan now finds itself alongside India and Russia, the world's third- and fourth-biggest polluters, by not yet declaring goals.

  • NEW DELHI, Dec 11- Russia's state-owned Rosatom said it would supply 12 nuclear energy reactors for India over 20 years, under an agreement aimed at boosting nuclear energy cooperation signed by the two countries during a summit in New Delhi on Thursday. A 1,000- megawatt reactor is operating at the Russian-built Kudankulam power station in India's Tamil Nadu...

  • HONG KONG, Dec 10- Shares in China's largest nuclear power producer, CGN Power Co Ltd, surged 24.1 percent in their Hong Kong trading debut on Wednesday as investors bet on a government-backed sector primed for growth. CGN Power raised about $3.2 billion after pricing the deal at the top of a HK $2.43 to HK $2.78 per share marketing range.. CGN Power said it expected...

  • Hungary, Russian firm sign deal on new reactors Tuesday, 9 Dec 2014 | 7:36 AM ET

    The deal is seen by critics, including the United States, as extending Hungary's energy dependency on Russia, from where it already gets nearly 80 percent of its natural gas and oil supplies. In January, Hungary signed an unexpected deal with Russia for two 1,200- megawatt nuclear reactors for the plant at Paks, which produces over half the country's electricity...

  • Northeast dealing with heavy rains, snow, wind Tuesday, 9 Dec 2014 | 1:39 AM ET

    The storm made for a slippery Tuesday morning commute in parts of Massachusetts, where state police responded to numerous crashes and spinouts caused by icy roads, some involving their own cruisers. At least 2 inches of rain is forecast for southern New England, where flood advisories are in effect in Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island.

  • Japan LNG spot price falls to $14.40/mmBtu in Nov Monday, 8 Dec 2014 | 10:27 PM ET

    TOKYO, Dec 9- Liquefied natural gas spot prices for Japanese buyers fell in November after two straight months of rises, the government said on Tuesday, as faltering demand in Asia combined with rising supply from countries including Australia and Russia. Spot LNG contracted in November for delivery to Japan averaged $14.40 per million British thermal unit,...

  • KIEV, Dec 8- Ukraine's government has allowed state energy company Ukrinterenergo to import electricity from Russia to cover current power shortages caused by a lack of coal, the Ukrainian energy ministry said. Ukraine and Russia have joint electricity systems and there are no technical obstacles to such imports, but analysts say importing electricity is...