Dec 1, 2016

After new regulations, Oklahoma's shakes calm down a bit

The rate of earthquakes in Oklahoma has dropped dramatically since late May, when the state limited wastewater injections into energy wells, an Associated Press statistical analysis shows. And a new scientific study says the state is on its way back to calmer times that ...

Sun setting on Japan's solar energy boom

Nov 30, 2016

Sun setting on Japan's solar energy boom

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The sun is setting on Japan’s clean-energy boom, despite projects like a massive floating solar farm near Tokyo, as the government cuts subsidies and bets on nuclear and coal-fired power, critics say. Workers at the floating power station, one of the world’s biggest, have ...

Trump rollback of Obama climate agenda may prove challenging

Nov 30, 2016

Trump rollback of Obama climate agenda may prove challenging

Donald Trump plans to dismantle President Barack Obama’s efforts to reduce planet-warming carbon emissions. But delivering on his campaign pledges to abolish the Environmental Protection Agency and bring back tens of thousands of long-gone coal mining jobs could prove far more difficult. Internal documents ...

Companies bet on sea change to tidal power in Indonesia

Nov 25, 2016

Companies bet on sea change to tidal power in Indonesia

A well-connected Indonesian marine renewable energy company and OpenHydro, a unit of French state-owned naval defense company DCNS, aim to be the first to plug into the vast untapped tidal energy potential of the world’s biggest archipelago. Renewables have so far played little part ...

Nov 24, 2016

Trump may revive keystone by rescinding LBJ order: aides

Advisers to Donald Trump are exploring ways he can greenlight the Keystone XL oil pipeline on the day he is sworn into office, including by rescinding a 48-year-old presidential order. Two people familiar with Trump’s transition planning say the issue is actively being discussed, ...

SoftBank's regional clean-energy ambitions find favor in Mongolia

Nov 24, 2016

SoftBank's regional clean-energy ambitions find favor in Mongolia

SoftBank Group Corp. plans to build more wind projects in Mongolia as Chairman Masayoshi Son pushes to connect countries across Asia with transmission lines to supply cheap, clean energy. The Tokyo-based company’s first wind farm in Mongolia is a 50-megawatt project being developed with ...

Drill, baby, drill? Election reignites offshore-oil debate

Nov 24, 2016

Drill, baby, drill? Election reignites offshore-oil debate

The controversy over drilling for oil in the Atlantic Ocean has been reignited by the election of Donald Trump, and environmentalists and coastal businesses say it could be the first major fault line that divides them from the new president. The Obama administration has ...

Nov 19, 2016

Panel increasingly favors drastic Tepco reforms

A panel discussing reforms for Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings Inc. is increasingly seeing a need for the utility to merge its nuclear and power grid operations with those of other companies, the chairman of the panel has said. The panel commissioned by the ...

Trump advisers eye Yucca waste dump revival

Nov 17, 2016

Trump advisers eye Yucca waste dump revival

The long-stalled plan to stash radioactive waste at Nevada’s Yucca Mountain is set to be revived with the arrival of President-elect Donald Trump in Washington and the departure of the project’s most ardent Senate opponent, Harry Reid. Two people familiar with Trump’s transition planning ...

Malaysia signs 'landmark' deal to buy China warships

Nov 2, 2016

Malaysia signs 'landmark' deal to buy China warships

Malaysia will buy four combat vessels from China in a “landmark” defense deal, Prime Minister Najib Razak said, signaling a potential strategic shift away from the United States. The agreement marked the first time Kuala Lumpur had purchased warships from Beijing and came only ...