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  • Disruptor 50: No. 3 Bloom Energy Tuesday, 12 May 2015 | 7:00 AM ET
    KR Sridhar, co-founder and CEO of Bloom Energy

    Venture capitalists have invested over $1 billion in this clean-tech darling that uses fuel cells to convert natural gas into electricity.

  • China's state firms cool on new derivatives power Monday, 11 May 2015 | 5:00 PM ET

    *China lets about 100 more firms trade overseas derivatives. HONG KONG/ BEIJING, May 12- Chastened by several high-profile calamities in the recent past, many of the state companies China has freed to trade overseas derivatives will be sitting on their hands, put off by the risks or a lack of expertise. Last week China's State-owned Assets Supervision and...

  • May 8- Entergy Corp said Monday Indian Point 3 nuclear power reactor in New York could return to service in a few weeks after shutting Saturday due to a transformer fire. "Transformer failure replacements typically last on the order of a few weeks rather than a few days," Entergy spokesman Jerry Nappi said. Indian Point is located along the Hudson River about 45...

  • BUCHANAN, N.Y.— A reactor at a nuclear power plant in the New York City suburbs may be offline for weeks because a transformer that failed over the weekend, sparking a fire and oil leak, must be replaced, officials said Monday. The transformer at Indian Point 3 takes energy created by the plant and changes the voltage for the grid supplying power to the state.

  • SPRING CITY, Tenn.— Tom Wallace started working at the Watts Bar nuclear plant as a young man in 1979, hoping he could eventually become a reactor operator. It remains a work-in-progress for the Tennessee Valley Authority. Meanwhile, the nuclear industry has designed a generation of entirely new plants now being built in Georgia and South Carolina.

  • BUCHANAN, N.Y.— Part of a New York nuclear power plant remained offline Sunday after a transformer fire created another problem: thousands of gallons of oil leaking into the Hudson River, officials said. Andrew Cuomo said emergency crews were out on the water near Buchanan trying to contain and clean up transformer fluid that leaked from Indian Point 3..

  • BUCHANAN, N.Y.— A transformer failed Saturday at the Indian Point nuclear power plant in suburban New York, causing a fire that forced an automatic shutdown of a reactor. The fire was quickly extinguished and the reactor was deemed safe and stable, said a spokesman for owner Entergy Corp.. The blaze, which sent black smoke billowing into the sky, was extinguished by a...

  • May 8- California will have enough power to meet air conditioning demand this summer despite continued low hydropower supplies due to an ongoing multi-year drought. "It is always a challenge to operate the grid under the high loads produced by sweltering summer temperatures, but our analysis shows we have the resources available to meet California's need...

  • May 7- TerraForm Global Inc, formed by solar company SunEdison Inc to own and operate some of its power plants in emerging markets, filed with U.S. regulators for an initial public offering of its class A common shares. SunEdison is following in the footsteps of NRG Energy Inc, which listed a unit holding some of its wind and natural gas assets in 2013..

  • Can Tesla's home battery lower your electric bill? Thursday, 7 May 2015 | 7:00 AM ET
    Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk reveals a Tesla Energy battery for businesses and utility companies during an event in Hawthorne, California, April 30, 2015.

    Tesla CEO Elon Musk has a plan to provide homes with energy storage, but it's not clear how much it will benefit consumers.

  • WASHINGTON, May 6- Bank of America announced Wednesday it will reduce its financial exposure to coal companies, acknowledging the risk that future regulation and competition from natural gas pose on the industry. "Our new policy reflects our decision to continue to reduce our credit exposure over time to the coal mining sector globally," said Andrew Plepler,...

  • BOSTON, May 6- Puerto Rico's troubled electric utility on Wednesday asked a U.S. appeals court for an alternative to restructure some $9 billion in debt, saying it would otherwise be at the mercy of U.S. bond funds. The legal battle moved on Wednesday to Boston where lawyers for both sides argued for more than an hour before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First...

  • May 1- The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission said on Thursday it will issue a license soon to DTE Energy Co to build a new reactor at its Fermi nuclear power plant in Michigan. DTE proposed a 1,600- megawatt Economic Simplified Boiling Water Reactor built by General Electric Co and Hitachi Ltd. The license would be the first for an ESBWR reactor.

  • Duke, which sells power to 7.3 million customers in North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida, Indiana, Ohio and Kentucky, said adjusted income in its regulated power business rose 5 percent to $774 million. Net income attributable to Duke was $864 million, or $1.22 per share, in the first quarter ended March 31, compared with a loss of $97 million, or 14 cents per share, a...

  • Duke Energy profit helped by unusually cold weather Friday, 1 May 2015 | 7:19 AM ET

    May 1- Duke Energy Corp, the largest U.S. power company by generation capacity, reported a quarterly profit as exceptionally cold winter weather boosted electricity demand. Net income attributable to Duke was $864 million, or $1.22 per share, in the first quarter ended March 31, compared with a loss of $97 million, or 14 cents per share, a year earlier.

  • April 30- Solar panel makers SunPower Corp and First Solar Inc reported a quarterly loss, compared with a year-earlier profit, as they sold fewer power plants ahead of a spinoff of some of their assets into a joint public entity. SunPower and First Solar said in February that they would spin off some of their power plants into a limited partnership called 8 point3...

  • Talks between six major powers and Tehran are approaching the final stages after they hammered out a preliminary agreement on April 2, with Iran committing to reduce the number of centrifuges it operates and to other long-term nuclear limitations. Iran, which is has been under sanctions for years, has a long history of illicit nuclear procurement using front...

  • Talks between six major powers and Tehran are approaching the final stages after they hammered out a preliminary agreement on April 2, with Iran committing to reduce the number of centrifuges it operates and other long-term nuclear limitations. "The UK government informed the Panel on 20 April 2015 that it' is aware of an active Iranian nuclear procurement...

  • April 28- Coal and natural gas producer Consol Energy Inc reported a 35 percent fall in quarterly profit, hurt by weak prices for both commodities. U.S. power companies shut or converted over 4,100 megawatts of coal-fired plants last year and are expected to stop burning coal at another 22,100 MW of plants in 2015, according to Thomson Reuters data.

  • April 28- The following table lays out forecasts for the cost of electricity generation in Japan in 2030, broken down by fuel type, outlined on Monday by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry. Japan is still trying to work out its basic electricity mix four years after the meltdowns at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant threw the country's energy policy...