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Vogtle: at $65 billion and counting, it’s a case study of nuclear power’s staggeringly awful economic

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Vogtle Units 3 (left) and 4, July 30, 2015. After 41 months of construction, the project is 39 months behind schedule. Photo by High Flyer, special to Savannah River Site Watch. By Michael Mariotte from GreenWorld Georgia is one state that you would think would be wary of nuclear power economics. The first two reactors at Georgia Power’s Vogtle site, which came online in the late 1980s, were a record 800% over budget. That is a number that is almost impossible to grasp. Nothing goes 800% over budget–in the real world,…read more

Money To Burn: CL & P, UI Have Millions In Energy-Efficiency Funds To Offer

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Image by 80sAustin via Flickr By LYNN DOAN, The Hartford Courant Late last year, Connecticut Light & Power Co. was desperate for energy conservation money. Several programs it runs for the state, which pay for power-saving improvements from lightbulbs in homes to tinted windows in office parks, were oversubscribed. The company had promised $10 million it didn’t have to companies seeking energy subsidies, and was forced to borrow from this year’s budget. Suddenly, everything turned upside down. The federal government awarded Connecticut $39 million in stimulus money for energy-efficiency programs….read more

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Interior Dept. wants 100GW of solar power on federal land

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[From Ars Technica] The US Department of Interior has announced that it will be using some of its stimulus money to do a single environmental review for the best 24 solar sites on western public lands, clearing the way for more than 100GW of solar capacity. That’s enough to power 30 percent of US homes. By John Timmer On Tuesday, the US Department of the Interior announced plans that should radically streamline the process of building utility-scale solar facilities in the US Southwest. After having surveyed terrain administered by the…read more

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Shoppers’ cars will soon be able to power supermarkets

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By SEAN POULTER Mail Online Shoppers’ cars will be used to power supermarket tills in a revolutionary new scheme. The weight of vehicles driving over road plates into a new eco store will power a generator that creates enough electricity to keep checkouts ringing. The system uses the same type of technology Formula 1 cars use to convert kinetic energy created during braking into speed. At the Sainsbury’s store in Gloucester, kinetic plates, which were embedded in the road yesterday, are pushed down every time a vehicle passes over them. A…read more

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