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Oil-producing Iran looks to solar to light future

Ali Akbar Dareini | Associated Press SICHANLOO, Iran (AP) — In this village nestled in the arid hills of rural Iran, government-subsidized solar panels on the rooftops of homes provide both needed electricity and a shining symbol of efforts by the Islamic Republic to wean itself off fossil fuels and nuclear power. President Hassan Rouhani’s government has quintupled its spending ...

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GE dices $17B deal

By Larry Rulison for the Albany Times Union SCHENECTADY — General Electric Co. has restructured its $17 billion deal with French energy and transportation conglomerate Alstom SA into a series of joint ventures. The action is designed to address concerns the French government had that the acquisition would jeopardize national security and lead to the demise of one of the ...

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Obama carbon rule: Surprise winners, losers

By Jonathan Fahey | Associated Press Energy Writer NEW YORK — Companies that generate electric power with anything other than coal — and companies that produce cleaner fuels or efficiency technologies — are likely to benefit from the Obama Administration’s new proposed limits on carbon dioxide emissions from power plants. The biggest U.S. natural gas producer, Exxon Mobil, will likely ...

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EPA may nod to nuclear in carbon rules, as generators fear closures


By Valerie Volcovici and Scott Disavino | Reuters May 30 – U.S. environmental regulators could throw a lifeline to the nation’s ailing nuclear power fleet when they unveil landmark carbon pollution curbs next week, heeding calls from operators like Exelon Corp to acknowledge nuclear energy as a valuable way to reduce emissions. The Environmental Protection Agency is due on Monday ...

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Space-based power stations on the horizon

By Mizuho Aoki | The Japan Times Space-based solar power could eventually prove to be an alternative source of electricity for Japan, as the country struggles to find the best energy mix to lessen its dependence on thermal and nuclear power. The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) has been conducting studies in the hopes of erecting huge solar panels in ...

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Plan to cut haze at Four Corners to be ready for public review

By Staci Matlock, The Santa Fe New Mexican A plan by New Mexico’s largest power producer to reduce a dark haze, which for decades has hung over the Four Corners region of northwestern New Mexico and spills into other states, will be ready for public comment as early as next week. Some environmental groups think the plan is still flawed and ...

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Tiny power plants hold promise for nuclear energy


PARIS (AP) — 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. Size is relative — the modular plants could be about as big as a couple ...

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Japan approves energy plan reinstating nuclear power

Toru Hanai

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan’s cabinet on Friday approved an energy policy reversing the previous government’s plans to gradually mothballnuclear power plants, a move likely to be unpopular with a wary public following the 2011 Fukushima disaster. But the plan may be too little too late for Japan’s moribund atomic industry, which is floundering under the weight of estimated losses of almost ...

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Nuclear power industry under seige, FirstEnergy exec warns

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DAVID CONTI for The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review The nuclear power industry finds itself buffeted by financial concerns, political pressure and increased scrutiny because of the Japanese disaster that could lead to the closures of more plants in the United States, a Western Pennsylvania utility executive said Tuesday. Shutting some of the 100 reactors that provide about 20 percent of America’s electricity ...

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Ukraine crisis adds uncertainty to key German project: shifting away from nuclear energy

rose wind turbines

BERLIN (AP) — The crisis in Ukraine has added an extra dose of uncertainty to German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s biggest domestic project: shifting the country from nuclear to renewable energy sources. Merkel launched the drive to transition the country away from nuclear after Japan’s 2011 Fukushima disaster. Since then, the “Energiewende” — roughly, “energy turnaround” — has created increasing headaches. Now, ...

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