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New Leak Reported At Japan's Fukushima Nuclear Plant

The Tokyo Electric Power Company, which owns the plant, says about 80,000 gallons of contaminated water have spewed from a metal holding tank. The leak is reportedly the largest of several at the tsunami-damaged facility.
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States Target Hybrids As Gas Tax Revenues Ebb

Americans are using less gasoline, and that affects how much money is available for constructing and repairing highways. Some states are levying taxes and fees on hybrids and electric cars to make up for lost revenue.
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Scientists Reach Milestone In Quest For Smart Windows

Smart windows change how much sunlight they let through on a hot day. Such windows could reduce the demand for energy by reducing the need for air conditioning. This quest has been going on for years but it's got years to go before the project becomes a reality.
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The Next Disaster Scenario Power Companies Are Preparing For

Ten years after a cascading power outage across a broad section of the U.S. and Canada, utility operators and regulators are concerned about another blackout scenario: a massive cyberattack that could threaten the U.S. electric grid.
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The Grid Of The Future Could Be Brought To You By ... You

The electricity system is experiencing growing pains as the grid is beginning to rely on an increasing amount of renewable, particularly unpredictable sources of power like wind farms and solar panels. So grid operators are turning to individual customers to beef up redundancy and capacity.
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Complex Networks Make Up U.S. Power Grid

As Morning Edition looks back on the blackout of 2003, David Greene talks to Steven Weissman, the director of the Energy Program at the University of California Berkeley, about how the country's electrical systems work, and how to manage them in the future.
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10 Years After The Blackout, How Has The Power Grid Changed?

Sagging power lines and computer glitches led to a power outage that left 50 million people across the Northeast U.S. and part of Canada in darkness on Aug. 14, 2003. New sensors have been installed, and operator training and computer systems have been upgraded. But is that enough to prevent another massive blackout?
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Fukushima Nuclear Plant Leaking 300 Tons Of Tainted Water Daily

The Japanese government has announced that radioactive groundwater is leaking from the Fukushima nuclear power plant. To try and stop it, the Tokyo Electric Power Company, which owns the plant, has proposed building an underground wall of frozen earth around the reactors. The ice wall is supposed to keep groundwater from flowing in and radioactive water from leaking out, but nobody knows for sure whether it will work.
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Dominion Virginia Power Receives Approval For $1.3 Billion Plant

Virginia regulators approved Dominion's request to build a new gas-fired power plant in Brunswick County, which is scheduled to operate in 2016.

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Sold! First Parcels Auctioned For Future Offshore Wind Farms

The federal government held its first ever auction for the right to build offshore wind farms on Wednesday. After 11 rounds, a Rhode Island company was the highest bidder, at $3.8 million.

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