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FERC approves sweeping overhaul of transmission rules

By Hannah Northey, E&E reporter Federal regulators finalized far-reaching rules today that revamp how the United States plans, builds and allocates costs for new power lines. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission voted 5-0 to approve rules calling for transmission providers to participate in regional planning and cost-allocation methods and to consider state and federal goals […]

U.S., Seeking to Reshape Electric Grid, Adopts a Power Line Rule

By MATTHEW L. WALD  | The New York Times  |  Link to article WASHINGTON – Federal regulators laid down principles on Thursday for planning and paying for new power lines, part of a long-term policy effort to help the nation’s electricity grid grow enough to meet the demands of renewable energy and a competitive electricity market. […]

Radiation-Tainted Beef Spreads Through Japan’s Markets

By HIROKO TABUCHI  |  The New York Times  |  Link to article MINAMISOMA, Japan – Even after explosions rocked the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, Kuniaki Sato, who raises cattle here about 20 miles from the crippled complex, said he had received no clear warning from the government about the possible dangers of radiation to […]

Radioactive cesium detected in Fukushima shiitake

NHK World  |  Link to article Radioactive cesium exceeding the government standard has been detected in shiitake mushrooms grown indoors in 2 cities in Fukushima Prefecture, about 60 kilometers from the troubled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant. This is the first detection of radioactive cesium exceeding the standard in produce grown in greenhouses in the prefecture […]

Salazar Approves Major Renewable Energy Projects, Identifies Next Step in Solar Energy Development

U.S. Department of the Interior  |  Link to article Projects to generate 1,300 Jobs, 550 MW of clean power; Supplement to Solar PEIS will offer greater clarity for solar development in the West WASHINGTON – Advancing the Obama Administration’s commitment to rapid and responsible development of large-scale renewable energy, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar […]

California leads ‘clean economy,’ study finds

By Anne Cusack  |  Los Angeles Times  |  Link to article Nationwide, 2.7 million people work in the “clean economy,” according to a new study. It employs nearly 320,000 people in California. In the Los Angeles metropolitan area, the sector accounts for about 90,000 workers. Based on the definition offered in the report from the […]

Study: 15,000 per year train for green jobs in CA.

By David R. Baker   |   The San Francisco Chronicle / Blog   |   Link to article Politicians love to talk about the number of jobs a green economy can create. Jobs in solar installation, home energy retrofits and wind farm construction, to name a few. But how do people get those […]

Radioactive tritium leaks found at 48 US nuke sites

By Jeff Donn  |  Associated Press  |  Link to article BRACEVILLE, Ill. — Radioactive tritium has leaked from three-quarters of U.S. commercial nuclear power sites, often into groundwater from corroded, buried piping, an Associated Press investigation shows. The number and severity of the leaks has been escalating, even as federal regulators extend the licenses of more […]

Gov. Jerry Brown sees future in massive solar plant near Blythe

By K Kaufmann  |  |  Link to article At groundbreaking, governor calls for fiscal responsibility, innovation California Gov. Jerry Brown, just a day after vetoing the Democrat-backed state budget, on Friday used the backdrop of the future site of one of the world’s largest solar plants to issue a call for fiscal responsibility and […]