Mary Beth Griggs
at 08:29 AM Feb 11 2016
Energy // 

The Supreme Court voted 5-4 to issue a temporary stay on President Obama's Clean Power Plan. The move blocks the plan's implementation until a lower court can hear objections to the plan in June.

Mary Beth Griggs
at 09:36 AM Feb 10 2016
Energy // 

A Chinese fusion reactor managed to sustain plasma at temperatures of over 90 million degrees for 102 seconds, according to an article published in the South China Morning Post. That's over a minute in which a machine sustained an electrically charged gas with a temperature approximately three times hotter than the core of the sun.

Mary Beth Griggs
at 11:13 AM Feb 9 2016
Energy // 

Indian Point Energy Center, an aging nuclear power plant located just 25 miles away from New York City, recently detected elevated amounts of radiation in groundwater near the plant, according to news alerts published on Saturday by the facility's parent company Entergy and by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo.

Lindsey Kratochwill
at 16:23 PM Feb 8 2016
Energy // 

The giant concentrated solar power plant in Morocco switched on its first phase this week. Known as Noor I, the 160-megawatt power plant is the first of three phases (named Noor II and Noor III, of course) of a concentrated solar power house situated in the Ouarzazate province.

Mary Beth Griggs
at 09:37 AM Feb 5 2016
Energy // 

Yesterday, one of the grandest experimental fusion reactors in the world flared to life, converting hydrogen into a plasma for less than a second. The honor of pressing the button went to a PhD in Quantum Chemistry (who also happens to be the Chancellor of Germany), Angela Merkel.

Breanna Draxler
at 11:52 AM Jan 25 2016
Energy // 

In 1974, the mayor of Hammerfest, Norway declared that his small fishing community—the northernmost town in the world—would one day become the center of the oil and gas industry in the Barents Sea. At that time, the oil and gas executives laughed. Today, the town of 10,000 people is fulfilling the prophecy.

Lindsey Kratochwill
at 08:24 AM Jan 20 2016
Energy // 

On Friday, Department of the Interior secretary, Sally Jewell, announced the Obama administration's plans for stopping all new leases on federal lands for coal mines. This down time will give the DOI the chance to review the government's coal program and better account for the environmental costs of burning coal with a programmatic environmental impact statement. The DOI says this review "will take a careful look at issues such as how, when, and where to lease; how to account for the environmental and public health impacts of federal coal production; and how to ensure American taxpayers are earning a fair return for the use of their public resources."

 
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