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."

Mary Beth Griggs
at 08:43 AM Jan 12 2016
Energy // 

When it comes to lighting, staying cool is the hot trend. Lights that give off less heat use less energy, and many (like LEDs or fluorescent bulbs) last longer than traditional incandescent bulbs, making them ideal substitutes for our energy-conscious world.

Sophie Bushwick
at 08:43 AM Jan 12 2016
Energy // 

Wind turbines are a great way to produce clean energy, but not everybody wants a giant windmill in the backyard. The obvious solution? Send the turbines out to sea and create offshore wind farms.

 
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