MONTPELIER, Vt.-- Vermont regulators have ordered the Washington Electric Co-operative to suspend a program that allows homeowners to work their electric bills down to zero by installing solar, wind or other renewable energy projects that send power back to their utility's grid, saying the small utility is violating state law.» Read More
Dec 11- Canadian power company Fortis Inc said it agreed to buy utility firm UNS Energy Corp for about $2.5 billion in cash to expand its presence in the United States.
Those controls are needed to keep the units compliant with federal environmental rules proposed since President Barack Obama took office in 2009. There are about 318 gigawatts of coal-fired power plants in the United States, about 30 percent of the nation's 1,051 GW generation fleet.
DUBAI, Dec 10- The world's largest gas reserves may tempt some energy companies back to Iran if sanctions are lifted, but Tehran is unlikely to become a significant gas supplier to Europe or Asia for at least a decade.
SEOUL, Dec 10- South Korea is looking to scale back plans to rely on nuclear power, but growing energy demand and the shutdown of aging reactors mean it will still likely need to build new nuclear-fired plants in the next two decades.
SEOUL, Dec 10- South Korea supplies about a third of its electricity from 23 nuclear power plants and plans to add 11 more by 2024, while the government is looking to lower its reliance on nuclear power to 29 percent of its total power supply by 2035. South Korea's energy ministry said on Tuesday it is considering decreasing its dependence on nuclear power to 29 percent, from a planned 41 percent by 2030. Of the current 23 units, five are offline as of Tuesday, and the total number of closure may rise as the country's nuclear reactor operator will go ahead with scheduled maintenance for another reactor, the Hanbit No. 5, on Thursday.
SEOUL, Dec 10- South Korea is looking to cut its reliance on nuclear power to 29 percent of the country's total power supply by 2035, the least amount of reduction recommended by a group urging the government to cut dependence on nuclear-fired generators.
They want the EPA to force nine states- Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, North Carolina, Ohio, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia- to regulate the emissions that cross into their borders through prevailing winds and contribute to higher ozone levels to the north and east of the upwind states.
SINGAPORE, Dec 9- Southeast Asia's power sector will tilt away from gas to use more coal by the end of this decade, chipping away at demand for liquefied natural gas as the region of more than 600 million people tries to cut costs to meet soaring electricity needs.
WASHINGTON, Dec 6- The Obama administration on Friday extended the length of permits that allow wind farms and other operations to accidentally kill protected eagles to 30 years, drawing fire from wildlife conservationists.
WASHINGTON, Dec 6- The U.S. government on Friday extended the length of permits allowing wind farms and other operations to accidentally kill protected eagles, drawing fire from wildlife conservationists.
*Storm kills two in Britain, one in Denmark. BERLIN/ LONDON Dec 5- Hurricane-force Storm Xaver blasted towards mainland Europe on Thursday after cutting transport and power in northern Britain and killing three people in what meteorologists warned could be the worst storm to hit the continent in years.
AUGUSTA, Maine-- Maine energy industry officials and lawmakers applauded on Wednesday the potential environmental and economic benefits of a 12- megawatt offshore wind project that could be built off the state's coast, but a lot remains to be settled before construction of the two-turbine project is ensured.
DURHAM, N.C.-- North Carolina is poised for an economic boost thanks to laws authorizing fracking and by opening the door wider to more alternative energy production, Gov. Pat McCrory predicted Wednesday before state business leaders.
The EPA has already published draft regulations that would limit greenhouse emissions from new coal plants to no more than 1,000 lbs of carbon dioxide per megawatt-hour of electricity generated.
SOFIA, Dec 5- Bulgaria's parliament voted on Thursday to impose a 20 percent charge on income from wind and solar power installations next year as the Socialist-led government struggles to keep down electricity bills.
*UK power market faces severe shortage after 2015. LONDON, Dec 4- British lawmakers rejected an amendment on Wednesday that would have forced tougher rules on old coal-fired power plants, sparing the energy market from an even tighter squeeze as ageing nuclear plants shut later this decade.
LONDON, Dec 4- Supporters of renewables often imply the clean-energy revolution is close to phasing out fossil fuels for electricity generation in the United States, especially polluting coal-fired power plants.
SEOUL, Dec 4- Power generation at a seventh nuclear facility was halted in South Korea on Wednesday, due to a technical glitch, the country's atomic operator said, boosting the chance of power blackouts this winter.
However, if Idaho Power acts in good faith, the utility would likely be allowed to recover its costs from ratepayers, even if upgrades were abandoned before its pollution-control project was completed, PUC spokesman Gene Fadness said.
SEABROOK, N.H.-- The owners of the Seabrook Station nuclear power plant and the union representing 226 workers there reached a contract agreement Sunday to avert a lockout. Ted Jenis, president of Utility Workers Union of America Local 555, said members will vote on the agreement on Thursday.