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Lake Erie wind farm gets $40M federal construction grant

CLEVELAND (AP) — Officials say a planned wind-farm project in Lake Erie has received a $40 million federal grant for construction costs. Democratic U.S. Rep. Marcy Kaptur of Toledo and other officials announced Friday that Lake Erie Energy Development Corp. will receive the U.S. Department of Energy money over the next three years. The company plans to build six wind ...

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Coal vs. renewables: GOP states benefiting from shift to wind and solar energy

WASHINGTON (AP) — If there’s a War on Coal, it’s increasingly clear which side is winning. Wind turbines and solar panels accounted for more than two-thirds of all new electric generation capacity added to the nation’s grid in 2015, according to a recent analysis by the U.S. Department of Energy. The remaining third was largely new power plants fueled by ...

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North Dakota regulators OK Xcel Energy settlement refund

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Xcel Energy customers in North Dakota will get a refund as part of an ongoing settlement in the utility’s dispute with the federal government over the storage of spent nuclear fuel. The North Dakota Public Service Commission on Wednesday approved the refund, which totals about $700,000 and will average about $3 per customer. The Minneapolis-based utility ...

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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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5 Points to take away from QER

As prompted by its Climate Action Plan, the U.S. Department of Energy released the first installment of its Quadrennial Energy Review. The review focuses on modernizing and strengthening the United States’ energy transmission, storage and distribution (TS&D) infrastructure, including pipelines, wires, waterways and railroads. The full report’s 348 pages can add up to a lengthy read, but a 10-page fact ...

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Texas LNG seeking approval of Eagle Ford gas exports to Mexico

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The business of liquefied natural gas (LNG) is going strong in places like Brownsville, Texas where one company is submitting a request to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to export processed LNG to Mexico. Texas LNG Brownsville LLC, a Houston-based company, submitted the pre-filing letter to the federal agency on March 9. The natural gas company will take gas ...

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How lower oil prices could fuel more hiring in US

WASHINGTON — In June, when oil cost $107 a barrel, U.S. employers added a healthy number of jobs — 267,000. Now, with oil below $50, hopes are rising that hiring in the United States is poised to intensify. Goldman Sachs forecasts that if oil stays near its current price, the economy will add 300,000 more jobs this year than if ...

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