PARIS— Small underground nuclear power plants that could be cheaper to build than their behemoth counterparts may herald the future for an energy industry under intense scrutiny since the Fukushima disaster, the incoming head of the Nuclear Energy Agency told The Associated Press.» Read More
JACKSON, Miss.— Southern Co. says it has signed a deal with a state-owned Chinese coal and energy company to work together to develop coal technologies, based in part on the coal gasification and carbon capture technology that Southern subsidiary Mississippi Power Co. is deploying at the $5 billion Kemper County power plant.
The EPA's Mercury and Air Toxics Standard applies to 1,400 of the country's largest power plants and would come into force in 2015, or in some cases, 2016. The EPA has said that MATS could annually prevent up to 11,000 premature deaths, and generate $90 billion in health benefits.
MILAN— Investors signaled concern Tuesday at a change of leadership at the scandal-plagued Finmeccanica defense contractor as part of sweeping management changes announced by Italian Premier Matteo Renzi at four strategic state-backed firms.
PRAGUE, April 14- The Czech Republic wants to continue expanding nuclear energy capacity despite cancelling a tender to build two new units and believes the European Union should be more supportive of atomic power, Industry Minister Jan Mladek said on Monday.
WASHINGTON, April 13- Egypt plans to boost electricity prices for the richest 20 percent of its citizens before the presidential elections at the end of May, as the country has' no time to waste' in starting reforms, the planning minister said.
SATSUMASENDAI, Japan, April 14- On the main road leading from the Sendai nuclear plant in southern Japan, a construction crew is laying down asphalt to widen the evacuation route in the event of a future disaster.
TOKYO, April 11- Japan's Cabinet on Friday approved a new energy policy, reversing the previous government's plans to gradually mothball nuclear power plants following the 2011 Fukushima disaster.
SAN FRANCISCO— Pacific Gas& Electric Co. offered a $250,000 reward Thursday for information leading to an arrest and conviction in a startling attack mounted nearly a year ago on telephone lines and the power grid in Silicon Valley. Former Federal Energy Regulatory Commission chairman Jon Wellinghoff has called the incident an act of terrorism.
CHAMPAIGN, Ill.— The U.S. subsidiary of Swedish furniture retailer IKEA announced Thursday that it is buying a long-planned wind-energy project in eastern Illinois as part of the company's initiative to offset its energy use with renewable energy generation.
U.S.-based Westinghouse Electric Co. and a consortium led by Russia's Atomstroyexport were bidding to build the reactors. The U.S. embassy is Prague said in a statement the U.S. government was "deeply disappointed" by the decision.
SAN FRANCISCO, April 9- California air regulators on Wednesday issued the first carbon offset credits for a forest protection project, credits that power companies and others large emitters can use to meet their compliance obligations under the state's greenhouse gas reduction program.
TOKYO, April 9- Since March 2011, Japan's government has focused on the cost of cleaning up after Fukushima, the worst nuclear accident since Chernobyl. While their reactors have been idled, Japan's nuclear plant operators have had to spend around $87 billion to burn replacement fossil fuels.
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J.— A New Jersey company is appealing the state's rejection of its plan to build a wind farm off the coast of Atlantic City. Fishermen's Energy filed an appeal Monday with the state Board of Public Utilities, saying the agency erred when it rejected the plan last month.
April 7- James River Coal Co filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection after struggling with a steep drop in prices and demand for both thermal and steel-making coal. Coal companies have also been hit by President Barack Obama's push for stricter regulation of greenhouse gas emissions by the Environmental Protection Agency.
RICHMOND, Va.— James River Coal Co. says it has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection as part of its efforts to turn around its business. The Richmond, Va.- based company says it faces challenges from the weak economy, environmental regulations and competition from natural gas.
US sailors are suing a Tokyo utility that operates the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant, alleging it lied about radiation levels in the area.
SAN DIEGO— Nearly 80 U.S. sailors are seeking $1 billion from the Tokyo utility that operates the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant, alleging the company lied about the high level of radiation in the area where they were carrying out a humanitarian mission after a tsunami that touched off a nuclear crisis three years ago.
NISKAYUNA, New York, April 7- Carbon dioxide, used for years to force crude oil out of old wells, likely will not replace water in fracking anytime soon because of technical challenges and limited infrastructure, says General Electric Co, which is studying the issue under a $10 billion research program.
The agency fined National Grid $18.7 million for Tropical Storm Irene in August 2011 and for a rare October snowstorm. The storms had a "catastrophic impact" on the overhead electric system and given the severity of damage National Grid acted "diligently and reasonably to restore service safely and promptly," the company argued.
LONDON, April 4- Exceptionally cold weather coupled with fuel shortages and equipment failures pushed the U.S. electricity grid close to emergency conditions repeatedly during January and February, according to a bleak assessment issued by regulators.