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Developing world overtakes West in renewables investments

Developing world overtakes West in renewables investments

STOCKHOLM (AP) — A U.N.-backed report says global investments in solar, wind and other sources of renewable energy reached a record $286 billion last year. For the first time the developing world accounted for the majority. The United Nations Environment Program on Thursday said renewable investments in developing countries jumped 19 percent to $156 billion in 2015, with $103 billion ...

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Consumers Energy on track to close 7 coal-fired power plants

JACKSON, Mich. (AP) — Consumers Energy says it’s on track to close its seven oldest Michigan coal-fired power plants this spring. The unit of Jackson-based CMS Energy Corp. says Monday that the “Classic Seven” plants will be shut down by April 15. They include B.C. Cobb units 4 and 5 in Muskegon, J.C. Weadock units 7 and 8 in Bay ...

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US official criticizes East Asia plans for nuclear reprocessing

WASHINGTON (AP) — A senior U.S. official has come out strongly against major powers in East Asia pursuing nuclear reprocessing that nonproliferation experts warn could lead to spiraling quantities of weapons-usable material in a tense region. Assistant Secretary of State Thomas Countryman told a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing Thursday that the reprocessing of spent nuclear fuel “has little if ...

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Toyota partners in making wind-power hydrogen for fuel cells

Toyota partners in making wind-power hydrogen for fuel cells

YOKOHAMA, Japan (AP) — Toyota Motor Corp. is responding to the main criticism of fuel cell cars, that making the hydrogen for the fuel is not clean, with plans to help make the hydrogen using wind power. Fuel cells are zero-emission, running on the power created when hydrogen combines with oxygen in the air to make water. But to have ...

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Troubled Spanish renewable energy firm announces loan deal

MADRID (AP) — Spanish renewable energy and engineering giant Abengoa says it has reached the basis of a debt-restructuring agreement with bank creditors and bondholders in a bid to avoid one of the country’s largest insolvencies. Abengoa, which began bankruptcy protection proceedings in November, said in a statement Thursday that under the deal it will give creditors a 55 percent ...

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Big Wyoming wind farm clears another government hurdle

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — One of the biggest wind projects under development in North America cleared another regulatory hurdle Wednesday with the release of a federal environmental study looking at the first-phase installation of 500 wind turbines. The U.S. Bureau of Land Management’s environmental analysis tentatively allows planning for the Chokecherry-Sierra Madre wind project south of Rawlins to continue. The ...

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Court orders Japan reactor to shut down, keeps 2nd offline

Takahama Nuclear power station in Takahama, Japan. (Image: IAEA Imagebank via Flickr)

TOKYO (AP) — A court issued an unprecedented order Wednesday for a nuclear reactor near Kyoto to stop operating and ordered a second one to stay offline. The Otsu District Court, which issued the injunction, said the emergency response plans and equipment designs at the two reactors have not been sufficiently upgraded after the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster. The order ...

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Germany demands closure of French nuclear plant near border

Fessenheim Nuclear Power Plant, Haut-Rhin, Alsace, France. (Image: Florival fr via Wikipedia - CC3.0)

BERLIN (AP) — Germany says it wants France to shut down its oldest nuclear plant as soon as possible amid reports Friday that an incident at the facility two years ago was more serious than previously known. German daily Sueddeutsche Zeitung and public broadcaster WDR reported a series of problems when engineers tried to tackle a minor water leak that ...

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Offshore wind projects in US see renewed interest

Offshore wind energy farm. (Image: Håkan Dahlström via Flickr)

BOSTON (AP) — The offshore wind industry has high hopes for establishing a permanent beachhead in the U.S. after years of disappointment. Business leaders and politicians who gathered for an industry conference in Boston earlier this week said wealthy investment firms and seasoned European offshore wind companies are increasingly committing to projects along the East Coast. That, they said, is ...

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Village awarded federal grant for river turbine design

Ocean Renewable Power Company's RivGen® Power System ready for installation in 2015 on the Kvichak River in Igiugig, Alaska. (Image courtesy of ORPC)

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A quest by a southwest Alaska village to use clean energy to replace power generated by expensive diesel fuel will get a boost from the U.S. Department of Energy. The department has awarded the village of Igiugig a $393,500 grant to advance the design of river turbines that were tested successfully the last two summers. The ...

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