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Under protest: First nuclear plant since Fukushima opens

The first nuclear plant to open in Japan since the Fukushima disaster in 2011 has come online -- despite protests from residents around the country.

Slowing wind production blamed on, well, wind

Wind production is dropping across the west coast, but it's not for a lack of trying by the industry. Wind speeds have been slowing down in the region, leading to the reduced generation.

North Carolina realizing its solar potential

North Carolina is quicky becoming a solar leader, and seven new projects are adding even more renewable energy to their grid.

Mutual assistance among utilities knows no borders

Mutual assistance crosses states -- and now it is crossing international borders as well. After storms across Rhode Island, Hydro-Québec sent 60 employees, including 50 line workers as well as technical and logistics personnel, to Rhode Island to help National Grid crews.

FERC agrees: Renewables cause congestion on ISO-NE grid

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has approved an effort to help manage congestion on the Independent System Operator - New England (ISO-NE) grid -- by ruling on the renewables allowed on the system.

Maryland easing the pain of commercial energy improvements

Across Maryland, commercial property owners are looking to reduce their energy costs -- and now they can, thanks to a financing structure to ease the lending process for building improvements and energy measures that has been successfully used by other states.

DOE reports good news for wind, but is it enough to save subsidies?

Amidst near-term uncertainty about the federal wind Production Tax Credit (PTC) and Investment Tax Credit (ITC), the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has released two reports that puts the power of wind in perspective.

New and improved: Who's providing the groundwork for a new energy system?

Specific endeavors are building technological bridges that will bring energy from the traditional to the "new and improved."  Companies leading the charge are helping to shape the landscape, contributing to energy efficiency, environmental sustainability, and strengthening the bottom line of their balance sheets and of the industry as a whole.

Secret Society? UK wind quietly moves ahead despite cuts

In 2014, more than £800 million in government subsidies helped onshore wind to generate 5 percent of the UK's total electricity, according to the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC). Earlier this year, the government cut subsidies to onshore wind as a measure to avoid the possible "over-allocation of renewable energy subsidies."  But despite recent government policy changes on renewable energy, one community wind project in Scotland is quietly moving ahead.

National leader: Hudson Valley recognized for clean energy efforts

This weekend, residents, community leaders, and business owners gathered in Hudson Valley for the 100% energy awards for clean energy leadership, presented by actor Mark Ruffalo, co-founder of The Solutions Project, which runs the 100% campaign.

Certifiable: DTE puts stamp on renewable goals

DTE Energy is putting a stamp on their renewable goals -- and just received news that more of their renewable facilities have received ISO 14001 certification.

NRC bases new regulations around TVA technology

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is focusing on small modular reactors (SMR), after one utility decided to try out a new technology in their service area.

Federal gov't improving gas line safety - but are utilities already there?

The federal government wants improved technology on gas lines in the United States, but many utilities are way ahead of them.

Coast to coast: Largest U.S. utilities ahead of CPP

Between 2008 and 2013, a large majority of states (42) decreased their electric sector CO2 emissions by an average of 19 percent, according to a comparison with past Benchmarking reports. In terms of emission rates, 40 states decreased their all source CO2 emission rates by an average of 18 percent in the same time period.

Unintended consequences? CPP's effect on energy jobs

While the recently released final Clean Power Plan rule (CPP) does not have any employment policies at its core (the CPP requires that states develop plans to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from existing fossil fuel fired power plants by 2020 and is the most substantial U.S. regulatory undertaking aimed at mitigating global climate change to date), it is, albeit unintentionally, providing a boost to employment in the energy sector.

Emails could cost SCE up to $34M

A few after releasing emails they said would show there was no wrongdoing, SCE said they are disappointed the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) ruled against them -- and it could cost SCE $34 million.

UK offshore industry booming - before US even gets started

The United Kingdom is continually showing their commitment to not only renewable generation, but their ability to innovate to expand their energy mix -- and offshore wind will be an important piece of their future.

Using biomass to power geothermal generation

Power plants take a lot to run, and an Italian company has taken an innovative approach -- by building an entire power plant just to power another plant.

CPP could move algae biomass tech forward

Algae carbon utilization can make an important contribution to achieving the CPP's emission reduction goals for power plants.

Bigger and better: Co-ops building larger scale solar projects

Tax equity is now available to support more than $100 million in electric cooperative solar projects thanks to an agreement between the National Rural Utilities Cooperative Finance Corporation (CFC) and the National Renewables Cooperative Organization (NRCO).