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Fate of Vogtle power plant expansion could be decided Monday

Atlanta - The federal government is warning the owners of the troubled Vogtle nuclear power plant in Georgia that any move to cancel a planned expansion would lead to demands for quick repayment of nearly $6 billion in federal loans.

Energy storage grows by 200 percent in U.S.

Thanks to a thriving renewable energy sector in the U.S., energy storage — the batteries or other technologies that can store energy for at least four hours or even longer — has grown an astounding 200 percent year-over-year.

The case for fast neutron reactors heats up in the U.S.

Congress is intent on passing The Nuclear Energy Innovation Capabilities Act, and as part of the act, the Department of Energy is directed lay the groundwork for establishing "a versatile, reactor-based fast neutron source."

FERC — There is no national security risk in coal plant closures

Washington - Members of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) criticized President Trump’s order to bail out coal and nuclear generators during a Senate committee hearing on Tuesday, saying they do not see a national security risk.

Exelon CEO — No grid emergency to justify DOE coal, nuke bailout

The CEO of the largest nuclear generator in the U.S. says the retirement of coal and nuclear plants does not constitute a grid emergency that warrants urgent intervention from the federal government, as President Donald Trump directed last week.

Op-Ed: Perry pushes 'new energy realism' - But is it a step backward?

Department of Energy Secretary Rick Perry spoke at the annual oil and gas conference in Houston, Texas last week, giving attendees a brief look at his vision for the future of energy in the U.S. - calling it the "new energy realism."

Court orders Energy Dept. to put energy standards into effect

A federal court ruled on Thursday the Department of Energy has 28 days to implement national energy efficiency standards that were adopted during the last days of the Obama administration.

Energy Department announces $18.5 million in offshore R&D grants

Washington - On Tuesday, the Department of Energy announced $18.5 million in new funding for an offshore wind research and development (R&D) consortium that will conduct U.S.-specific research aimed at reducing the cost of offshore wind in the U.S.

High levels of rare earth minerals found in U.S. coal basins

The US Department of Energy’s (DOE) National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) has identified high concentrations of rare earth elements (REE) in coal samples collected from several American coal basins.

Base load generating capacity and US electrical grid reliability

There has been a lot of talk lately about the U.S. power sector's "base load" power generation capacity being outdated and becoming less important in maintaining the grid's reliability, yet the DOE looks at the problem differently.

Vogtle Project gets federal loan guarantee of $3.7 billion

Atlanta - The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) said on Friday it has offered conditional commitments for up to another $3.7 billion in loan guarantees to companies building two reactors at the troubled Vogtle nuclear plant in Georgia.

Op-Ed: DOE proposes massive bailout for coal and nuclear power plants

Washington D.c. - DOE Sec. Rick Perry has proposed a huge bailout for coal and nuclear power plants. The radical unprecedented move is based on a false premise that power plants with fuel located on site are needed to guarantee the reliability of the electricity system.

Community solar projects — Gaining consumers' confidence

Consumer interest in solar power, and in particular, community solar, is rapidly increasing, however, many people are still straddling the fence. What is holding many people back from taking the plunge?

Rick Perry's 'baseload' grid study released and it's nothing new

The U.S. Department of Energy released the much-anticipated grid study late Wednesday night, finding cheap natural gas to be the main driver behind baseload power plant retirements.

Radioactive contamination found on Hanford worker's clothing

Seattle - Just when DOE officials were thinking contractors had everything under control, a worker at the Hanford nuclear reservation in Washington state got radioactive contamination on his clothing, prompting another investigation.

Deer attacks dog in graphic scene caught on video

Cranbrook - As man continues to encroach on the forest that has been both home and refuge to countless numbers of wildlife, vicious attacks are becoming common. In this extremely graphic video a female deer pummels a dog while defending her fawn on a city street.

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