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Vietnam tunnel collapses, trapping 12 workers

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — The tunnel of a hydropower plant that is under construction in central Vietnam collapsed Tuesday, trapping 12 workers, state media reported.

The Thanh Nien newspaper quoted Pham Dinh Hieu, a project manager, as saying the incident occurred Tuesday morning in Lam Dong province as the workers were putting concrete on the tunnel's dome. Twenty other workers escaped unhurt.

Study: Your all-electric car may not be so green

WASHINGTON (AP) — People who own all-electric cars where coal generates the power may think they are helping the environment. But a new study finds their vehicles actually make the air dirtier, worsening global warming.

Ethanol isn't so green, either.

Suit filed by Native Americans to block Mojave solar plant

Los Angeles Times

The Bureau of Land Management’s environmental impact statement and consultation process regarding NextEra Energy Resources’ Blythe II solar project in the Mojave Desert were inadequate, according to a lawsuit filed by the Colorado River Indian Tribes Friday, the Los Angeles Times reports.

13 workers killed at power plant site in Ecuador

QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — A sudden collapse at the site of Ecuador's largest-ever infrastructure project killed 13 people and injured a dozen more, officials said Sunday.

The Chinese embassy in Quito confirmed that 10 Ecuadorean and three Chinese workers were killed over the weekend at the construction site of the Coca Codo Sinclair hydroelectric power plant. The Chinese firm Sinohydro is building the $2 billion 1,500-megawatt power plant.

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Tax extenders, nominees remain on Senate to-do list

Following the dramatic Saturday vote to send a $1.1 trillion 2015 appropriations bill to President Barack Obama that averts a government shutdown, the Senate looks to head for the exits this week, but not until Democrats confirm more energy agency nominees and try to pass a tax breaks bill that includes renewable energy and biofuels aid. 

Democrats on Saturday put Federal Energy Regulatory Commission nominee Colette Honorable in line for a vote this week, along with Christopher Smith to be the Energy Department's assistant secretary for fossil energy.

Malaysia pulling bigger share of solar panel manufacturing

The New York Times

The tariffs and quotas imposed by the U.S. and the European Union on Chinese solar panels have boosted manufacturing growth in Malaysia, which is now the sector’s third largest producer, The New York Times reports.

Boss of Tesla’s China operation quits


The China unit of electric car manufacturer Tesla Motors has lost another manager, as the company has announced that chief Veronica Wu is leaving after less than nine months in the post, Bloomberg reports.

Tesla stock slumping but not on lower oil prices: Analysts

The Wall Street Journal

Researchers at Bespoke Investment Group say they don’t attribute the recent drop in Tesla Motors stock to the dramatic fall in oil prices, which led The Wall Street Journal to look for other reasons, including the broader stock market decline.

US over 16 gigawatts of solar as installations jump


With the addition of 1,354 megawatts of photovoltaic capacity in the third quarter –- the second-highest quarterly increase ever -- the U.S. total has climbed to 16.1 gigawatts, says a report the Solar Energy Industries Association compiled with GTM Research, according to Bloomberg.

National Grid joins proposal for 300-mile cable in Maine

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Utility giant National Grid is partnering with a company that specializes in underwater cable projects in an alliance seeking to build a 300-mile cable to bring Canadian hydropower and Maine wind power to Greater Boston to help meet the energy needs of power-hungry southern New England, the companies announced Tuesday.

National Grid brings greater clout to the project of the Green Line Infrastructure Alliance, which includes Massachusetts-based Anbaric Transmission. Their Maine Green Line is among several projects across Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont that are being proposed to help lower energy costs while allowing states to meet their green energy goals, officials said.


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