Outside the Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant at Avila Beach, California, U.S., on Friday, March 30, 2012. Photographer: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg

Feds approve new nuclear reactors near Houston

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Two hurdles for the projects could delay NRG’s plans indefinitely, however.
CB&I Chairman and CEO Philip K. Asherman, May 23, 2014 in The Woodlands, TX. (Eric Kayne/For the Chronicle)

CB&I focuses on Gulf Coast to ride out oil bust

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Although CB&I operates worldwide, more than 70 percent of its engineering and construction revenues in 2016 will come in the U.S., the company announced Tuesday during an investor day in New York.
Former Vice President Dick Cheney speaks in Washington, Sept. 10, 2014. Cheney, who was a sponsor of the brutal interrogation tactics used on detainees suspected of being linked to al-Qaida, on Sunday escalated his counterattack on the Senate Intelligence Committee's report, which found that the CIA's now-defunct program violated American values and produced little useful intelligence. (Doug Mills/ The New York Times)

Cheney chides Obama on fossil fuel stance, lifting Iran sanctions

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Cheney said the U.S. should get more involved with energy diplomacy to weaken its enemies
FILE - In this Dec. 22, 2014 file photo, an Iranian oil worker rides his bicycle at the Tehran's oil refinery south of the capital Tehran, Iran. Oil prices that slumped steeply earlier this year may take another hit once a historic deal between the West and Iran allows that country to start pouring more crude into a market already brimming with supply. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi, File)

Oil prices drop below $30 as Iran gets closer to crude exports

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Crude prices tumbled below $30 a barrel on Friday as traders watched for signs Iran will pass a final regulatory test to put its oil exports back into oversupplied global markets.
Solar panels stand in a field in front of wind turbines at the Woodlawn Wind Farm, operated by Infigen Energy, in Bungendore, New South Wales, Australia, on Friday, July 31, 2015. Wind supplied 4 percent of the nationÕs electricity -- equivalent to 1.3 million homes -- at the end of 2013 with new investment almost doubling last year to A$1.5 billion, according to the Clean Energy Council. Photographer: Brendon Thorne/Bloomberg

Texas leads nation in both wind and natural gas power growth

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Texas accounted for more than one-third of the new wind and natural gas-fired power added to the nation’s electric grid this year through September.
Part of the containment vessel for a new nuclear reactor at the Plant Vogtle nuclear power plant is under construction in Augusta, Ga. (AP Photo/John Bazemore, File)

South Texas is hotbed for nuclear fuel, USGS says

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The uranium oxide is located in sandstone formations throughout the South Texas coastal area nearer the Gulf of Mexico. The area already has two active mines with companies actively exploring for uranium.
(Bob Owen/San Antonio Express News)

Southern Company buys planned Texas solar farm

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The Roserock solar farm will provide power to the city of Austin and surrounding areas through a 20-year power purchase agreement with the municipally owned Austin Energy.
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Fluor energy construction firm sees $70 as the new $100 oil

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Fluor posted relatively flat net income of $176 million from continuing operations for the third quarter that was down 3 percent from last year, but revenues were down much more and the energy engineering and construction company reduced its earnings guidance going forward.
CB&I Chairman and CEO Philip K. Asherman, May 23, 2014 in The Woodlands, TX. (Eric Kayne/For the Chronicle)

CB&I sells its nuclear construction business to Toshiba subsidiary

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CB&I, which operates out of The Woodlands but is formally domiciled in the Netherlands, reported well more than $2 billion in 2014 revenues from its nuclear business, but conflicts and delays have arisen from major nuclear construction projects in Georgia and South Carolina with Westinghouse as a partner. Outside of projects in China, CB&I has expressed some concerns about the lack of new nuclear projects on the drawing board.
(AP Photo/Oded Balilty, File)

NRDC: U.S. has made “unprecedented” shift to renewables

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While natural gas plants are considered more environmentally friendly than their coal counterparts, the report notes natural gas production is linked to the emission of methane — the main component of natural gas — which is a “potent climate change pollutant.”