Electric power generation

January 11, 2019 - 8:20 am
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Google is looking into building a $600 million data center in central Minnesota that would be powered by two wind farms. Minneapolis-based Xcel Energy disclosed the data center project Thursday in a regulatory filing. The Google facility proposed in Becker would mark one of the...
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FILE - In this July 27, 2018, file photo, the Dave Johnson coal-fired power plant is silhouetted against the morning sun in Glenrock, Wyo. The Trump administration on Friday targeted an Obama-era regulation credited with helping dramatically reduce toxic mercury pollution from coal-fired power plants, saying the benefits to human health and the environment may not be worth the cost of the regulation. The 2011 Obama administration rule, called the Mercury and Air Toxics Standards, led to what electric utilities say was an $18 billion clean-up of mercury and other toxins from the smokestacks of coal-fired power plants. (AP Photo/J. David Ake, File)
December 28, 2018 - 2:19 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration on Friday targeted an Obama-era regulation credited with helping dramatically reduce toxic mercury pollution from coal-fired power plants, saying the benefits to human health and the environment may not be worth the cost of the regulation. The 2011 Obama...
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December 22, 2018 - 3:23 am
ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — Russia's nuclear power company says a Soviet-built nuclear reactor has been taken out of operation after 45 years of service. The state-controlled Rosatom corporation said Saturday that Reactor No. 1 at the Leningrad nuclear power plant has been shut down as planned...
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Miners hold the last lump of coal during a closing ceremony of the last German coal mine Prosper-Haniel in Bottrop, Germany, Friday, Dec. 21, 2018. The end of black coal production marks the end of an industry that started German's industrial revolution and its post-war economic recovery. The mines once dominated the surrounding Ruhr region, employing up to half a million people. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)
December 21, 2018 - 10:20 am
BERLIN (AP) — Straining to hold back tears, their once-white helmets and overalls smeared with dust, seven miners in Germany stepped out of a metal cage Friday bearing the last piece of black coal hauled up from 1,000 meters (3,280 feet) below. The ceremony marked the end of an industry that laid...
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This Nov. 29, 2018 photo shows the Transient Test Reactor at the Idaho National Laboratory in Idaho Falls, in eastern Idaho. The facility has been restarted to test nuclear fuels as the U.S. tries to revamp a fading nuclear power industry with safer fuel designs and a new generation of power plants. (AP Photo/Keith Riddler)
December 15, 2018 - 8:10 am
IDAHO NATIONAL LABORATORY, Idaho (AP) — A nuclear test reactor that can melt uranium fuel rods in seconds is running again after a nearly quarter-century shutdown as U.S. officials try to revamp a fading nuclear power industry with safer fuel designs and a new generation of power plants. The...
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FILE - In this Jan. 18, 2014, file photo, an endangered female orca leaps from the water while breaching in Puget Sound west of Seattle as seen from a federal research vessel that had been tracking the whales. Washington Gov. Jay Inslee is proposing $1.1 billion in spending and a partial whale-watching ban to help support the recovery of Puget Sound's critically endangered orcas. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)
December 13, 2018 - 2:46 pm
SEATTLE (AP) — With scientists warning that the Northwest's beloved killer whales are on the brink of extinction, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee announced dramatic plans Thursday to help the population recover — including $1.1 billion in spending and a partial whale-watching ban. "We are undertaking a...
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December 13, 2018 - 8:46 am
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — Ethiopia's controversial Nile River dam will not be completed until 2022, more than four years behind schedule, because of possible defects with the hydro-electrical plant's equipment, an official said Thursday. The dam's construction managers have concerns about the...
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Former U.S vice president and climate activist Al Gore makes a speech in a U.N. climate summit that is to work out ways of keeping global warming in check, in Katowice, Poland, Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2018.(AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)
December 12, 2018 - 11:59 am
KATOWICE, Poland (AP) — The Latest on the climate talks taking place in Poland (all times local): 8:20 p.m. An American diplomat attending the U.N. climate talks in Poland says the United States is planning to help its allies adapt to climate change. Judith G. Garber, an assistant secretary in the...
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Poland's Environment Minister Henryk Kowalczyk talks of the efforts that Poland is taking to limit its greenhouse gas emissions during a session of U.N. climate summit in Katowice, Poland, Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2018. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)
December 11, 2018 - 2:59 pm
KATOWICE, Poland (AP) — The world needs to "do more and faster" to prevent global warming on a scale that would cause irreversible environmental damage and hit poor societies hard, the head of the U.N.'s top science panel on climate change said Tuesday. Hoesung Lee, who chairs the Intergovernmental...
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U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry speaks at a news conference after meeting with Barham Salih, Iraq's President in Baghdad, Iraq, Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2018. (Thaier Al-Sudani/Pool Photo via AP)
December 11, 2018 - 11:46 am
BAGHDAD (AP) — U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry has urged Iraq to reduce its energy dependence on Iran and open its energy sector to American investment instead. Perry met with top Iraqi officials in Baghdad and in the Kurdish region on Tuesday to discuss US investment in Iraq. Iraq is caught in a...
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