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Closing of San Onofre nuclear plant to increase California’s reliance on natural gas

By Scott DiSavino NEW YORK (Reuters) – California’s growing reliance on natural gas to fuel its power plants will increase and power prices will remain elevated following Southern California Edison’s decision to retire a crippled nuclear power plant. Both reactors at the 2,150-megawatt (MW) San Onofre plant will be permanently…

California glitch-ridden nuclear plant shut down for good

A California nuclear power plant shut down last year after a radiation leak will be permanently closed, its owners said Friday. Southern California Edison (SCE) has been trying to fix problems which came to light last year after a minor leak in one reactor at the San Onofre plant, north…

High winds leave thousands without power in California

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – High winds returned to the Los Angeles area early on Saturday as over 100,000 homes and businesses lost power, due to fallen trees and other damage from an ongoing windstorm. Southern California Edison said that at mid-afternoon it still had 73,600 customers affected by the outages,…

Evacuation after ammonia leak at U.S. nuclear plant

LOS ANGELES — Workers were evacuated from an area of a California nuclear power plant Tuesday after an ammonia leak, but there was no immediate danger to the public, the operator said. The leak occurred in a steam system used to drive the turbines at the San Onofre nuclear plant…

Senate confirms new commerce secretary

WASHINGTON — The US Senate confirmed businessman John Bryson as commerce secretary, replacing Gary Locke, who left the post to become the US ambassador to China. Lawmakers voted 74-26 to approve Bryson one week after the US Congress approved long-stalled free trade deals with Colombia, Panama and South Korea. President…

Google, Japanese invest $500 million in wind farm

WASHINGTON — Google and the subsidiaries of two Japanese companies are investing $500 million in a wind farm being built in the northwestern US state of Oregon. Google said in a blog post Monday it was investing $100 million in the Shepherds Flat Wind Farm, expected to be the largest…

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