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VIDEO: Entergy updates cause of nuclear power plant transformer fire


An Entergy (NYSE: ETR) investigation concludes that an insulation failure led to the transformer fire at the Indian Point nuclear power plant Unit 3 in New York.

Point Lepreau nuclear power plant increases generating capacity in June


The Point Lepreau Nuclear Generating Station operated at 80 percent power toward the end of June.

Reactor in Japan being loaded with nuke fuel before restart 


A Japanese utility on Tuesday began loading fuel into a nuclear reactor where operations are scheduled to resume next month in the country's first restart under safety requirements set following the Fukushima disaster.

Natural gas-powered unit goes online at Ky. power plant


Kentucky's largest electric power utility says a new natural gas-powered generating unit that has gone online is the first of its kind in the state.

Valley NG retires 1,069 MW of gas-fired steam capacity in Texas


Valley NG Power Co. LLC on July 2 asked the Public Utility Commission of Texas to let it drop its power generator registration, since effective June 3 all of its units have been retired.

PNM files ownership plan, coal supply deal with regulators


New Mexico's largest electric provider says it's on track to meeting a deadline for submitting to regulators key documents related to the future of the coal-fired San Juan Generating Station.

Wisconsin Supreme Court upholds wind turbine rules


The Wisconsin Supreme Court upheld the state's wind turbine construction rules Tuesday, saying they're valid even though regulators didn't develop a report on how the regulations would affect the housing industry.

Coal plant operator says Colstrip remains profitable for now


The formation of a new company to run Montana's largest power plant has raised questions among analysts and plant detractors about how long it can keep going, as pollution control costs rise and coal's share of the electricity market crumbles.

NRC begins special inspections of Ft. Calhoun nuclear power plant


The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) started a special inspection at the Fort Calhoun nuclear power plant in Nebraska surrounding a reported failure of an auxiliary feedwater valve during a refueling outage June 5.

Appalachian Power explains lack of more coal-to-gas conversions


The Appalachian Power Co. (APCo) unit of American Electric Power (NYSE:AEP) told the West Virginia Public Service Commission on June 24 that it never did it a complete study on the costs of converting several recently-shut coal units to natural gas, but such conversions are generally too expensive and that this capacity isn't needed anyway.

Germany's oldest remaining nuclear plant shuts down


Germany's oldest remaining nuclear reactor has been shut down, part of a move initiated four years ago to switch off all its nuclear plants by the end of 2022.

Critics: Dominion Virginia jumping gun on coal ash cleanup


Environmental and water protection groups say Dominion Virginia Power is jumping the gun on the closure of coal ash impoundments at a northern Virginia power plant and they're asking state and federal regulators to step in.

Wyoming carbon-capture lab planning moves ahead


Officials are studying researcher's requirements as they deliberate where a laboratory to test out carbon-capture technology at a Wyoming coal-fired power plant should be located.

Virginia OKs $2.5M coal ash spill settlement with Duke


Virginia agreed Thursday to a $2.5 million settlement with Duke Energy for a February 2014 spill of coal ash in North Carolina that floated down the Dan River, depositing tons of the toxic stew into the city of Danville's waterfront and beyond.

Alabama Power reaches coal-fired power plant emissions control settlement


The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Justice lodged a proposed modification with Alabama Power to further reduce coal-fired power plant emissions.

Indiana will defy Obama on climate change plan


A group of Indian tribes is suing to block construction of a huge solar power plant in California's Mojave Desert.

New Mexico coal plant owners settle Clean Air Act violations


The owners of a coal-fired power plant on the Navajo Nation reached a settlement Wednesday with federal agencies over complaints they flouted rules for permits and violated the Clean Air Act, leading to expanded pollution control upgrades that will cost millions of dollars.

Kori-1 nuclear unit restart approved


South Korea’s Nuclear Safety and Security Commission said it approved the restart of the 587-MW Kori 1 reactor after a maintenance outage.

Southern Power exceeds 400-MW of solar energy development in GA


Southern Power, a subsidiary of Southern Co. (NYSE: SO), surpassed 400 MW of solar energy development in the state of Georgia.

Nuclear reactor back online after more than 2 years


The Korea Hydro & Nuclear Power Co. (KHNP) returned a nuclear reactor back to operations after it received its license extension.