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'Necessary evil': France refires coal plant amid energy woes

Nov. 30, 2022 09:41 AM EST

SAINT-AVOLD, France (AP) — The end of France’s coal era seemed so certain last year that the operator of one of the country’s last coal-burning plants posted an upbeat educational video on YouTube titled “Let’s visit a coal plant that's going to be destroyed!” The plant...

Feds offer $1B to keep California's last nuclear plant open

Nov. 21, 2022 15:05 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration on Monday announced preliminary approval to spend up to $1.1 billion to help keep California's last operating nuclear power plant running, even as officials turned down a request for financial aid to restart a closed nuclear plant in Michigan. ...

Japan nuclear watchdog considering extending reactor life

Nov. 21, 2022 06:53 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Japanese nuclear regulators are considering revising a safety evaluation system to allow aging reactors to operate beyond the current 60-year limit, but the move is aimed at preventing safety lapses and is not motivated by government efforts to increase use of nuclear power, an...

No federal aid to restart Michigan nuclear power plant

Nov. 20, 2022 16:34 PM EST

COVERT, Mich. (AP) — The federal government has turned down a request for financial aid to restart a nuclear power plant in southwestern Michigan, the owner said. Holtec International said it was notified Friday by the U.S. Energy Department. The Palisades plant...

Hopes and costs are high for UK's nuclear energy future

Nov. 15, 2022 02:15 AM EST

BRIDGWATER, England (AP) — Wedged between the southwestern town of Bridgwater and the Severn estuary is a 430-acre site where some of the U.K.'s future electricity hopes are pinned. Now reaching over 100 feet (32 meters) high, construction on the first of two nuclear reactors at...

Utility backs solar farm atop capped Kentucky coal ash pit

Nov. 11, 2022 13:45 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The nation's largest public utility has proposed building a $216 million solar farm project in Kentucky atop a capped coal ash storage pit at one of its coal-fired power plants. The federal Tennessee Valley Authority voted Thursday to advance the initiative...

Macron urges France's big polluters to cut emissions by half

Nov. 08, 2022 13:06 PM EST

PARIS (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron on Tuesday urged the country’s most climate-damaging industries to double their efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions within the next decade, one day after his call for action at the U.N. climate summit in Egypt. Macron convened...

Macron welcomes French questions on climate ahead of COP27

Nov. 05, 2022 21:10 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron released a selfie video on social media platforms Saturday asking the public to send him questions about what France should do about climate change and biodiversity. Thousands of responses quickly poured in. Several were hostile or...

Poland looks to South Korea to build 2nd nuclear power plant

Oct. 31, 2022 10:44 AM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Polish and South Korean officials have signed initial agreements to develop a nuclear power plant in Poland, part of an effort by Poland to lower its carbon emissions and seek energy security. For South Korea, engagement in the Polish project is a way to...

Poland chooses US to build its first nuclear power plant

Oct. 29, 2022 11:59 AM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland has chosen the U.S. government and Westinghouse to build the central European country's first nuclear power plant, part of an effort to burn less coal and gain greater energy independence. Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said late Friday on Twitter...