WASHINGTON (AP) — On the eve of new talks, President Barack Obama is plunging ahead in search of a nuclear agreement with Iran despite outright opposition from American allies in the Middle East and deep skepticism, if not open hostility, from Congress.
A federal appeals court ruled Tuesday that the Energy Department can no longer collect $750 million in annual waste disposal fees from nuclear operators, following the decision to abandon the proposed Yucca Mountain repository in Nevada.
The order by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia was the latest setback for President Barack Obama in his handling of the country's nuclear waste. Obama has attempt to go around federal law that mandates a permanent storage site at Yucca, one vehemently opposed by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev.
It was the latest victory for nuclear plant operators who contend the fee is unreasonable.
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama personally appealed to senators Tuesday to hold off on seeking additional sanctions on Iran while the U.S. and world powers negotiate a nuclear deal with Tehran.
As United Nations climate talks make little progress, climate policy experts have called on environmental groups to support nuclear energy as a low-carbon form of power despite their heavy focus on renewable energy, Reuters reports.
TOKYO (AP) — It's costly, risky and dependent on technologies that have yet to be fully developed. A decades-long journey filled with unknowns lies ahead for Japan, which took a small step this week toward decommissioning its crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant.
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has requested more operation information from Entergy regarding the Indian Point nuclear plant in New York, a move that will likely delay the plant's license renewal process, WAMC reports.
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission on Monday ordered staff to resume the safety evaluation of the controversial Yucca Mountain spent nuclear fuel repository in Nevada after more than three years of inactivity.
The order, which follows a federal appeals court ruling that the halt was illegal, does not mean the repository will end up being licensed for operation. Still, it represents an important procedural victory for Yucca backers in Congress and the nuclear power industry over the opposition of President Barack Obama and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.
TOKYO (AP) — Workers started removing radioactive fuel rods Monday from a reactor building at the crippled Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear power plant, Tokyo Electric Power Co. said. The painstaking and risky task is a crucial first step toward a full cleanup of the earthquake and tsunami-damaged plant in northeastern Japan.
House Energy and Commerce Chairman Fred Upton leveled fresh criticism of President Obama’s energy policies after a report from the Congressional Research Service found that oil and gas production declined on federal leases, The Hill reports.
Benchmark West Texas Intermediate crude gained 1 cent to settle at $103.76 a barrel on the Nymex after the Energy Information Administration reported a hike in U.S. inventories last week, while in London Brent rose 24 cents to close at $109.60 a barrel, the highest level in six weeks, according to Bloomberg.
Former President Jimmy Carter signed a letter with other Nobel laureates declaring the proposed pipeline would contribute to global “climate upheaval,” and should be rejected by the Obama administration, Bloomberg reports.
Keystone XL opponents Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., and Rep. Henry Waxman, D-Calif., submitted comments to the State Department urging Secretary John Kerry to face up to “the reality of climate change” and reject the proposed project.
Clean energy investment is on the rise again after two years of declines, according to Bloomberg New Energy Finance, which estimates new money coming into the sector increased by more than $4 billion, or 9 percent, in the first quarter, led by demand for rooftop solar panels.
Bonds may be the best way to raise money for clean energy projects, says a report from the Brookings Institution, although the think tank notes that few developers have used bonds because of difficulties in accessing the markets, E&E reports.
On expectations that the California Public Utilities Commission will adopt its proposed decision barring utilities from charging fees to connect solar systems that use battery storage, SolarCity anticipates returning to file applications to connect the systems in the state, Bloomberg reports.
Only about 200 of Ford's F-150 pickups that can run on compressed natural gas have been sold, FuelFix reports, noting that company officials predict interest will grow once the vehicle gets more established in the market.
California’s extreme drought conditions finally may get residents and communities past the psychological hump that’s been turning them away from recycling wastewater to get drinking water, National Journal reports.
If the U.S. energy boom is to be sustainable, new technology will have to be brought into play to get more out of fracking wells, former Energy Department assistant secretary Charles McConnell told a Houston symposium, FuelFix reports.