Environmental Protection

Energy and Climate Change


Canadian Government Approves Lake Erie Connector Project

The proposed 73-mile HVDC bi-directional transmission line between stations in Erie, Pa. and Nanticoke, Ontario, received a Presidential Permit from the U.S. Department of Energy in January 2017.

Nuclear Technology Receives Large Funding Increase

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) will be awarding nearly $67 million in nuclear energy research, development, facility access, as well as infrastructure projects.

EIA Meeting to Examine Future of U.S. Nuclear Power

The 2017 EIA Energy Conference taking place June 26-27 will include a session on the future of nuclear power, examining the competitive challenges facing existing plants and the options available to plant owners and regulators.

Canada Renews Western Waste Management Facility Operating License

The renewed license authorizes construction of new facilities, including storage buildings for low- and intermediate-level waste, in‑ground storage containers for intermediate-level waste, in-ground containers for heat exchangers, and storage buildings for used dry nuclear fuel.

Three Mile Island Plant May Close in 2019

Exelon Corporation's announcement said it is taking several "first steps" to shut down the nuclear power plant, even as the company explained what kind of relief it needs to keep the plant in operation.

Swiss Voters Back Phaseout of Nuclear Power

They endorsed a new energy law that bans new nuclear power plants, supports renewable energy sources, and seeks to encourage lower energy consumption. The vote was 58 percent in favor.

Tesla Solar Roof Tiles Available for Pre-Order

Tesla Solar Roof Tiles Available for Pre-Order

Tesla’s new stylish and modern solar roof tiles are ready to be ordered as of Wednesday, May 10.



DOE Approves Sabine Pass LNG Export Bid

Golden Pass Products LLC, co-owned by Qatar Petroleum and ExxonMobil, is now authorized to export LNG up to the equivalent of 2.21 billion cubic feet per day of natural gas to any non-FTA country not prohibited by U.S. law or policy from a terminal near Sabine Pass, Texas.

DOE Announces More Small Business Collaborations

The new collaborations are focused on advanced manufacturing, buildings, bioenergy, solar, fuel cells, geothermal, vehicles, water, and wind energy.

Seattle Transit Agency Signs On for Clean Power

"By operating Link light rail on green power starting in 2019, Sound Transit will offer transit users a carbon-neutral option for leaving their cars behind and help reduce the region's greenhouse gas emissions," said Sound Transit CEO Peter Rogoff.

NRC Vacancies Concern House Members

"Absent a nomination and confirmation of additional commissioners, the Commission will lack a quorum on July 1 when Chairman Svinicki's current term expires. This situation could severely inhibit the NRC's ability to execute its vital responsibility and hamper the nuclear industry," three leaders of the House Energy and Commerce Committee wrote in a letter to the president.

Third NRC/DOE Workshop Set on Advanced Reactor Designs

The agency defines advanced reactors as technologies using something other than water to cool the reactor core. NRC is currently discussing one advanced design with a vendor considering applying for design certification.

China's Interest in Westinghouse Sparks White House Concern

Meanwhile, NRC's Atomic Safety and Licensing Board will hold an evidentiary hearing May 2 in Homestead, Fla, about wastewater environmental impacts from Florida Power & Light AP1000 reactors at the Turkey Point site 40 miles south of Miami.

Proposals Sought for IAEA Conference on Protecting Nuclear Facilities

The IAEA International Conference on Physical Protection of Nuclear Material and Nuclear Facilities will be held Nov. 13-17, 2017, in Vienna, Austria.

The Sarulla geothermal power plant in Indonesia

Sarulla Geothermal Plant's First Unit Now Operational

One of the world's largest geothermal power plants has begun commercial operation in Indonesia, Toshiba Corporation and Ormat Technologies Inc. announced.

Robotic Surveys Having Trouble Inside Fukushima Reactor No. 1

Japan's Nuclear Regulation Authority is recommending using a different survey method after TEPCO said an attempt failed to deliver a camera to locations where images of nuclear fuel debris could be taken.

DOE Wants Comments on Possible Changes to Uranium Transfers

The U.S. Department of Energy is asking for comments and information by April 10 about a possible change in its transfers of uranium for cleanup services at the Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant in Piketon, Ohio.

EBRD to Finance Renewable Energy Investments in Greece

The London-based financing agency says the country has huge potential for renewables, including solar, wind, biomass, and geothermal power.

New York-Owned Ski Resorts Going All In on Renewables

The I AM PRO SNOW 100% Committed program helps meet the governor's Reforming the Energy Vision's strategic plan for building a cleaner, more resilient, and more affordable energy system across the state.

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