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NYC-area nuclear plant sale gets federal approval

Nov. 23, 2020 6:50 PM EST

BUCHANAN, N.Y. (AP) — The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has approved sale of the Indian Point nuclear power plant to a dismantling company without granting requests by lawmakers and environmental groups for public hearings. The NRC announced Monday that it has signed off on its staff’s...

Giant wind turbine collapses in northern Sweden; no one hurt

Nov. 23, 2020 10:43 AM EST

STOCKHOLM (AP) — A 230-meter (755 feet) tall wind turbine in Arctic Sweden came crashing down on the snow during the weekend as high winds swept across the region, officials said Monday. No one was injured. Maria Roske, chief executive of windmill operator WPD, told the local Norran newspaper that there...

Critics: Indiana panel's report could lead to coal bailout

Nov. 22, 2020 10:13 AM EST

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A group of state lawmakers and energy experts has approved a new state energy report outlining how Indiana should proceed at a time when electric utilities are seeing a big shift from coal to renewable energy sources. The 21st Century Energy Task Force, formed by Indiana’s...

FILE-This Monday, Nov. 16, 2020 file photo shows FBI agents removing items from the German Village home of Public Utilities Commission of Ohio Chairman Sam Randazzo in Columbus, Ohio.   Just days after FBI agents searched Randazzo's upscale townhome in Columbus, FirstEnergy revealed Thursday that the firm of an Ohio regulator fitting Randazzo's description received a $4 million payment for purported consulting work just before taking his government position early last year.    (Adam Cairns/The Columbus Dispatch via AP)

Utility regulator targeted by FBI saw a whirlwind rise

Nov. 21, 2020 2:12 PM EST

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Sam Randazzo told Ohio state senators last year that he had been poised to retire at the end of 2018 when he was recruited to help the incoming administration of Republican Gov. Mike DeWine review looming big-picture energy and utility issues. Within three weeks of DeWine taking...

Wisconsin's nuclear power plant operator seeks 30 more years

Nov. 21, 2020 1:01 AM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The operator of Wisconsin’s only remaining nuclear power plant wants to keep the 50-year-old plant running through 2050. NextEra Energy has submitted an application to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission seeking to add 20 years to the licenses for the Point Beach Nuclear plant in...

HBCUs get $3M to help develop sensors for nuclear plants

Nov. 20, 2020 8:25 PM EST

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Three historically Black colleges have received $3 million to use in developing devices that can find defects in nuclear facilities as they age. According to a news release from N.C. Central University in Durham, the National Nuclear Security Administration awarded the money to N.C....

Refunds arriving for Santee Cooper and cooperative customers

Nov. 20, 2020 6:23 PM EST

MONCKS CORNER, S.C. (AP) — Customers of some South Carolina utilities are getting refunds of some of their payments toward a failed nuclear construction project. Customers of state-owned utility Santee Cooper and associated electric cooperatives are getting checks if they have a refund of more than $25...

FILE-This Monday, Nov. 16, 2020 file photo shows FBI agents removing items from the German Village home of Public Utilities Commission of Ohio Chairman Sam Randazzo in Columbus, Ohio.   Just days after FBI agents searched Randazzo's upscale townhome in Columbus, FirstEnergy revealed Thursday that the firm of an Ohio regulator fitting Randazzo's description received a $4 million payment for purported consulting work just before taking his government position early last year.    (Adam Cairns/The Columbus Dispatch via AP)

Top utility regulator resigns; FBI recently searched home

Nov. 20, 2020 3:29 PM EST

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio's top utility regulator, Samuel Randazzo, resigned Friday morning, a day after the state's largest electric utility reported to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission that former executives had improperly directed a $4 million payment to the consulting firm of an official...

FILE - This Oct. 17, 2018 file pool photo shows damage to the Hudson River rail tunnel in New York. Myriad problems in the Hudson River rail tunnel must be addressed in the next few years to avoid potentially catastrophic failures before a new tunnel is finally built, a soon-to-be-completed study by Amtrak spells out in stark detail. (Victor J. Blue/The New York Times via AP, Pool, File)

Clock is ticking for 110-year-old Hudson River rail tunnel

Nov. 19, 2020 7:48 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Myriad problems in the Hudson River rail tunnel must be addressed in the next few years to avoid what officials say are potentially catastrophic failures before a new tunnel is finally built, a soon-to-be-completed study by Amtrak spells out in stark detail. The study by Amtrak, reviewed by...

Idaho is top pick for Energy Department nuclear test reactor

Nov. 19, 2020 6:43 PM EST

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The U.S. government said Thursday that Idaho is its preferred choice ahead of Tennessee for a test reactor to be built as part of an effort to revamp the nation’s fading nuclear power industry by developing safer fuel and power plants. The U.S. Department of Energy said in an...