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Ohio regulators OK 2 deals that subsidize older power plants

Ohio regulators OK 2 deals that subsidize older power plants

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Regulators in Ohio approved two closely watched energy deals on Thursday allowing two utility companies to impose short-term rate increases on electricity customers to subsidize some older coal-fired and nuclear power plants. The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio took a single combined vote on the power purchase agreements, which were separately filed by Akron-based FirstEnergy and ...

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Nuclear watchdog group wants tougher storage of waste

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — A nuclear watchdog group is pushing for the closed Vermont Yankee nuclear plant to use a more robust storage system for highly radioactive spent nuclear fuel than has been envisioned so far. Vermont Yankee owner Entergy has been using large concrete and steel casks on a concrete pad to store waste from the reactor, which closed ...

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Critics decry radioactive leak at New York nuclear plant

Critics decry radioactive leak at New York nuclear plant

NEW YORK — A leak of radioactive material into the groundwater below a nuclear power station in New York City’s suburbs highlights a chronic problem with the nation’s atomic plants, some watchdogs said. New testing has shown that the amount of tritium in the groundwater below the Indian Point power plant in Buchanan, New York, is about 740 times the ...

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Iran says Russia to begin building two nuclear plant units next week

China faces nuclear energy choice: reprocess or not?

BEIRUT – Russia will begin building two nuclear power plant units in Iran next week, Mehr news agency quoted an Iranian nuclear official as saying, under a deal signed in Moscow last year between subsidiaries of the two countries’ state atomic agencies. The Mehr report did not elaborate but the comments by Behrouz Kamalvandi, spokesman for the Atomic Energy Organization of ...

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New Mexico regulators to make final decision on power plant

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SANTA FE, N.M. — The fate of a coal-fired power plant that serves customers around the Southwest will finally be decided by New Mexico regulators. The Public Regulation Commission is meeting Wednesday in Santa Fe. It’s expected to take a final vote on a proposal that calls for shutting down two units at the San Juan Generating Station. The disputed ...

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Sanders unveils climate plan to end U.S. oil, nuclear dependence

WASHINGTON – U.S. Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders unveiled a climate change plan on Monday that seeks to end the country’s dependence on oil, coal and nuclear energy and could pressure party front-runner Hillary Clinton. The Vermont senator’s plan envisions 10 million new jobs in clean energy such as wind, solar and geothermal power. It would ban oil and gas ...

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Shell, Total get first foreign gas stations in Iran

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran’s state TV is reporting that Royal Dutch Shell and France’s Total will be the first foreign companies to be allowed to operate gasoline stations inside Iran. The Press TV English-language channel quotes the head of Iran’s filling stations union, Bijan Haj Mohammadreza, as saying 100 new licenses have been issued to each company. Until now, ...

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Kasich: Ohio will aid workers losing jobs at uranium project

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Gov. John Kasich (KAY’-sik) says the state will offer job-search support and other help for workers affected when the federal government halts a southern Ohio uranium enrichment project. The Department of Energy plans to end its contract for the American Centrifuge Project in Piketon at the end of September. About 235 workers have been notified of ...

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Utility defends plans to replace power from San Juan plant

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — New Mexico’s largest electric provider is defending its plan to replace part of an aging coal-fired power plant with a mix of more coal, natural gas, nuclear and solar power. Critics say the plan isn’t in the best interest of ratepayers. But Public Service Co. of New Mexico said Monday in a filing with state regulators that ...

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Massachusetts nuclear reactor shuts down during snowstorm

PLYMOUTH, Mass. — Officials say a Massachusetts nuclear power plant was forced to shut down during the blizzard but there was no danger to the public. In a statement, officials at the Pilgrim nuclear power plant in Plymouth said it stopped operating in accordance with procedure after distribution lines that send power from the plant to the electric grid became ...

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