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Judge upholds sale of coal-fired power plant stake


A judge affirmed a Kentucky Public Service Commission ruling that approved a utility’s plan to buy half of a 1,560-MW coal-fired power plant in West Virginia.

Dominion Virginia Power to close coal ash ponds in state


Dominion Virginia Power is closing all its coal ash ponds in the state to comply with new state and federal standards, the utility announced Friday.

Hearing examiner rejects utility's plan to raise rates


A state hearing examiner on Friday rejected a plan by New Mexico's largest electric provider that called for raising rates for residential and business customers and charging more for new solar customers to connect to the grid.

Six coal units in PJM deactivated between April 1 and April 16


Five coal-fired units in Ohio of FirstEnergy (NYSE: FE) have been deactivated so far in April, up until the issuance of an April 16 version of PJM Interconnection's unit deactivation list.

MATS dubbed ‘one of the most draconian environmental regulations ever’


The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Mercury and Air Toxics Standards (MATS) have now taken effect and MATS represents one of the most draconian environmental regulations ever promulgated,” according to AllianceBernstein.

NRC OKs rule for packaging, transport of radioactive materials


The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) approved a final rule for the packaging and transporting of radioactive materials.

Germany’s nuclear shut down may cost $75bn


Germany’s exit from the nuclear industry and subsequent construction of a waste disposal site could increase to 70 billion euros ($75.2 billion).

New Mexico AG opposes proposed solar fee


The state attorney general's office has come out against a proposal by New Mexico's largest electric utility to charge customers with new solar power systems a monthly fee to connect to the grid.

Climate change plan faces high-profile legal test


The centerpiece of the Obama administration's effort to tackle climate change is facing a high-profile legal test as a federal appeals court considers a plan that has triggered furious opposition from Republicans, industry figures and coal-reliant states.

Environmental groups sue TVA over Gallatin plant pollution


Two Tennessee environmental groups claim toxic pollution from a coal-burning power plant is seeping into the Cumberland River and state regulators are not doing enough to stop it.

Japanese court rejects bid to restart of two nuclear reactors


A court issued an injunction Tuesday ordering two nuclear reactors in western Japan to stay offline, rejecting regulators' safety approval of the reactors' planned restart later this year, a decision that could further delay the government's restart plans.

FirstEnergy to close 3 northeast Ohio coal-burning plants


FirstEnergy will close three coal-burning power plants on Wednesday as part of a company plan to comply with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency regulations on emissions of mercury and other air pollutants.

EU reopens investigation into Siemens, Dresser-Rand merger


European Union regulators resumed their investigation of a $7.6 billion merger where Siemens’ (NYSE: SI) would acquire Dresser-Rand Group (NYSE: DRC).

NRC approves nuclear power plant ownership transfer


The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) approved a request to transfer ownership of a nuclear power plant in Pennsylvania.

U.S. utilities pick Areva as nuclear plants’ EOC


Several U.S. utilities picked Areva as their Engineer of Choice (EOC) to provide customized engineering services for their nuclear power plants.

Vermont taking breather from wind power, but more to come


A few years back, large-scale wind projects dominated the renewable energy discussion in Vermont as vocal opponents decried the destruction of pristine mountaintops and the details of construction plans grabbed headlines.

Judge blocks Navajo coal mine expansion in northwestern NM


A federal judge has blocked efforts by a Navajo Nation coal mine to expand operations within its permitted area in northwestern New Mexico.

Duke Energy appeals $25M fine imposed by N.C. regulators


Duke Energy (NYSE: DUK) appealed a $25.1 million penalty imposed by the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources (NCDENR), on April 9.

S. Korea regulators delay nuclear operating license decision


South Korea’s Nuclear Safety and Security Commission (NSSC) said it has delayed a decision on the operating license of a new nuclear power plant due to safety concerns.

Licensing approvals “very close” for Japan nuclear reactors’ restart


Japan’s nuclear regulator said it is close to completing its review of two nuclear reactors set to restart under new regulations.