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Vermont becomes first state to ban hydraulic fracturing


On May 16, Vermont became the first state to ban hydraulic fracturing when Gov. Peter Shumlin signed the hydraulic fracturing ban.

House subcommittee hears testimony on hydropower regulatory legislation


The Subcommittee of the House Energy and Commerce Committee held a hearing on draft legislation that would improve the regulatory framework for hydropower development earlier this week.

Chile's Supreme Court halts start of 640 MW Cuervo hydropower project


Appeals by environmental groups have stymied construction of Chile's 640 MW Cuervo hydroelectric plant less than a week after work on the project appeared imminent.

Nuclear regulators: FP&L must revise COL applications


Florida Power & Light (FP&L) must make changes to its application for combined construction and operating licenses to build and operate two Westinghouse AP1000 1,100 MW nuclear reactors at its Turkey Point nuclear power plant before the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) can complete its review, according to a letter dated May 4 from the NRC.

NRC manager accused of intimidating inspectors, blocking safety concerns


A manager at the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s Region IV office is accused of blocking safety concerns from staff at the Fort Calhoun nuclear power plant in Nebraska and intimidating inspectors who raised those concerns.

Duke, Progress file updated settlement agreement


Duke Energy and Progress Energy have entered into a supplemental merger settlement agreement with the North Carolina Utilities Commission (NCUC) Public Staff.

Court rules against strike at 11,200 MW Belo Monte hydropower plant


A Brazilian court has ruled that a work stoppage on the country's 11,200 MW Belo Monte hydroelectric project is illegal.

EPA regional administrator Armendariz resigns


The EPA senior administrator for the South Central Administration (Region 6) has resigned after receiving an onslaught of criticism from comments he made two years ago.

Energy and Commerce leaders ask NRC chairman to explain his votes against new nuclear


House Energy and Commerce Committee leaders said they are seeking answers from Nuclear Regulatory Commission Chairman Gregory Jaczko regarding his recent votes opposing the construction and licensing of the nation's first nuclear reactors in three decades.

NRC denies organizations request to delay construction on nuclear power plant


Organizations trying to slow down construction of the new Plant Vogtle reactors in Georgia did not get the news they had hoped for from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) on April 16.

PSEG plans new reactors at nuclear plant


Public Service Enterprise Group (PSEG) is moving on with plans to build new reactors at the 2,350 MW Salem nuclear plant in Delaware.

Hydropower project suspended in Brazil


A federal judge in Brazil on March 30 suspended the construction license of the Teles Pires hydroelectric dam in the Brazilian Amazon, citing violations of the rights of the Kayabi, Apiaká and Mundurucu indigenous peoples.

Approval for Great Lakes offshore wind farms to be expedited


The Obama administration and five states have reached an agreement to speed up approval of offshore wind farms in the Great Lakes.

Interior announces wind energy guidelines


The Department of the Interior has released guidelines designed to help wind energy project developers avoid and minimize impacts of land-based wind projects on wildlife and their habitats.

FERC approves Constellation-Exelon merger


The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) on March 9 approved the proposed merger of Exelon Corp. and Constellation Energy.

GE awarded $170mn in wind energy patent case


A federal court awarded $170 million in damages to GE in a patent-infringement lawsuit against Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd.

House approves higher duties from Chinese goods; Chinese commerce minister responds


The U.S. House of Representatives has approved a measure allowing the Commerce Department to impose higher duties on goods from China and other state-dominated economies that subsidize exports.

AEP unit approved for interim capacity pricing system


The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) March 7 established an interim two-tier capacity pricing system for AEP-Ohio, a unit of AEP.

Nuclear power plant one step closer to license renewal


The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) on March 1 issued its final safety evaluation report (SER) for the proposed renewal of the operating license for the 1,150 MW Columbia Generating Station and concluded that there are no open items that would preclude license renewal for an additional 20 years of operation.

Proposed uranium enrichment plant receives environmental impact statement


The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) on Feb. 29 issued its final technical Safety Evaluation Report (SER) and Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) on a laser-based uranium enrichment facility proposed to be built in Wilmington, N.C.