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NC OKs $1B Duke Energy gas plant; decision on rates later

A distant view of the Duke Energy Asheville coal-fired plant in North Carolina. (Image: ara'mer via Flickr)

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina electricity regulators say Duke Energy Corp. can replace an Asheville coal-burning power plant with two units fueled by natural gas that will produce 50 percent more electricity. The North Carolina Utilities Commission on Monday approved construction of the $1 billion early conversion of the coal-burning plant to cleaner natural gas. The country’s largest electric ...

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Wind power industry leaders to gather at Boston conference

Iceni Marine Services transiting through Gwynt Y Mor Wind farm, North Wales. (Image: Aaron via Flickr)

BOSTON (AP) — Offshore wind power will be the focus of a gathering of business leaders and lawmakers in Boston this coming week. The U.S. Offshore Wind Leadership Conference kicks off February 29 and runs through March 1 at the InterContinental Hotel in Boston. U.S. Sen. Edward Markey, a Massachusetts Democrat, is the event’s keynote speaker. Topics will include Europe’s ...

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Vestas in $1.2B deal to build huge wind power farm in Norway

A Vestas wind power turbine. The company plan to invest $1.2 billion into developing a wind farm in Norway. (Image: News Oresund via Flickr - CC2.0)

HELSINKI (AP) — Danish company Vestas Wind Systems A/S says it has been awarded a 1.1 billion euro ($1.2 billion) deal to supply 278 wind turbines for Norwegian power company Statkraft and its partners for a wind power project in central Norway. Vestas said Tuesday that the turbines will have a combined capacity of over 1,000 megawatts and will be ...

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Idaho eyed as potential site for small nuclear reactors

Interior showing the reactor hall in a nuclear power plant. (Image: Vattenfall via Flickr)

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The U.S. Department of Energy announced Thursday an agreement with an energy cooperative that could lead to the building of small commercial nuclear reactors at an eastern Idaho federal nuclear site. The agency granted a site-use permit to Utah Associated Municipal Power Systems (UAMPS) to access the 890-square-mile area containing the Idaho National Laboratory to find ...

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Obama to release $4 trillion-plus budget for 2017

Copies of the President Barack Obama's fiscal 2017 federal budget are unpacked after being delivered to the House Budget Committee Room on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016. President Barack Obama unveils his eighth and final budget, a $4 trillion-plus proposal that’s freighted with liberal policy initiatives and new and familiar tax hikes, sent to a dismissive Republican-controlled Congress. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is unveiling his eighth and final budget, a $4 trillion-plus proposal that’s freighted with liberal policy initiatives and new and familiar tax hikes — all sent to a dismissive Republican-controlled Congress that simply wants to move on from his presidency. The budget will be released Tuesday morning, the same day as the New Hampshire ...

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Tesla gigafactory job creation slower than first projected

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Electric carmaker Tesla’s northern Nevada battery plant is creating jobs more slowly than first projected, although state officials say it’s still making satisfactory progress. A progress report issued this week by the Nevada Governor’s Office of Economic Development said there were 272 people working at the Tesla and Panasonic factories at the end of the ...

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Fort Hood kicks off $100M wind, solar energy project

FORT HOOD, Texas — A sprawling Central Texas military installation will rely on the changing weather to support the Army’s largest renewable energy project. Ground was broken Thursday at Fort Hood for the $100 million hybrid solar and wind renewable energy project. The Department of Defense-related project also involves Apex Clean Energy and the White House Council on Environmental Quality. ...

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UN chief wants clean energy investments doubled by 2020

UNITED NATIONS — The U.N. secretary-general on Wednesday challenged investors around the world to at least double their investments in clean energy by 2020, saying that “we must begin the shift away from fossil fuels immediately.” Ban Ki-moon told an investor summit on climate risk that increasing investment in clean energy is critical in following up on the landmark agreement ...

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Solar industry urges extension of New Mexico tax credit

SANTA FE, N.M. — Time may be running out for an extension of New Mexico’s rooftop solar tax credit as legislators weigh whether to forgo $5 million in annual state revenues to encourage more generation of solar energy by households, farms and small businesses. The current state tax credit offsets up to 10 percent, or $9,000, of costs for a ...

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