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Southern readying big energy storage venture; eyeing more nuclear

July 24, 2014 | BY JEFF BEATTIE

In what would be another major step in the fossil-heavy utility’s diversification into clean energy, Southern Co. Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer Thomas Fanning said Wednesday his company is getting close to announcing a “big commercial... More »


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eSolar Banking On Worldwide Partnerships For Deployment Of CSP Technology
Eric Lindeman

Its first utility-scale plant, the 5-megawatt Sierra SunTower project in California, has only been in operation since August, but eSolar has 3,500 megawatts of global partnerships and projects and believes it will be deploying as much as a gigawatt of concentrating solar power in the next few years. With its proprietary combination of optics, software to focus its mirrors, and modular design and construction methods, eSolar is able to achieve economies of scale that overcome the main obstacles to large solar installations—price, scalability, speed of deployment and grid impact, said Robert Rogan, eSolar's senior vice president for the Americas...... Read More »

     
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Always his own man: A remembrance of Jim Schlesinger
By LLEWELLYN KING

COMMENTARY James Rodney Schlesinger was assistant director of the Bureau of the Budget, chairman of the Atomic Energy Commission, director of the CIA, secretary of defense, secretary of energy, chairman of The MITRE Corporation, managing director of Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc., and my friend. He was a colossus in Washington; a great Sequoia who towered in the forest...... Read More »

   

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DOE Uranium Transfers To USEC Jeopardize U.S. National Security

BY SPENCER ABRAHAM

As a former secretary of the Department of Energy, I am very concerned about recent decisions by the Obama administration and both houses of Congress that impact the commercial markets for nuclear fuel goods and services. These actions jeopardize both the domestic uranium mining and conversion industries and, as a result, have a very dangerous potential impact on our national security... More

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