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Germans Confront The Costs Of A Nuclear-Free Future

Germany has announced plans for a total nuclear phaseout in 10 years and an ambitious transition to renewable energy. But one big challenge is distribution, and new power lines are planned. Opposition is growing among Germans who say the power-grid expansion will hurt their homes, land and lives.
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Malfunction Shuts Down Nuclear Core In Maryland

One of the two cores at the Calvert Cliffs nuclear power plant in Maryland was shut down following a malfunction, which experts say poses no risk to the public.

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Environmentalists Push To Shut Down Power Plants

Environmentalists want the Crane and Wagner power plants in Maryland to shut down.

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Maryland Reconsiders Bill Affecting Utilities Revenue

Maryland regulators are reconsidering a policy that would affect the way utility companies bill customers.

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Maryland, Virginia Still In Top 20 Power Plant Polluters

Maryland and Virginia are still in the top 20 most polluting states when it comes to power plants, according to one environmental group's rankings, but Maryland improved last year while Virginia's ranking increased. 


Natural Gas Giant Tries To Shift Gears

Chesapeake Energy is still a leader in America's "fracking"-fueled natural gas boom, but low natural gas prices are making the company less profitable. Now the company is selling some of its assets and shifting more of its efforts into oil and other energy sectors to try to boost its bottom line.
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Analysis: Public Gets Its Say On Pepco Policy At PRC Hearings

The Maryland Public Service Commission is holding meetings this week to hear from area Pepco customers. Maryland reporter Matt Bush expects that the public will take the utility to task, but doesn't expect the PRC to act until next year.


Curious About Curiosity: What We'll Learn From Mars

The Mars Science Laboratory rover, named Curiosity, made a successful landing on the surface of the red planet, drawing shouts and cheers from the mission control staff at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory. University of Redlands professor Tyler Nordgren explains what Curiosity may discover.

India's Blackout A Reminder Of How Far We've Come

The power outage in India this week, which darkened the lives of nearly 700 million people, brings to mind the time I spent there. It was nearly 50 years ago, when India was still a young democracy and power outages were as common as enjoying a cup of dark, sweet Indian tea.