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BOISE, Idaho (AP) A plan to build the nation's first small modular nuclear reactors to produce commercial power is a step closer. A Utah-based energy cooperative said that it has sales contracts for enough carbon-free power to begin a license application process with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to build the reactors in eastern Idaho.

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The U.S. Department of Energy reported that the continued construction of wind-power generating stations is bringing down both the cost of building the installations and the price for wind-generated electricity. The recently released report shows Texas leads the nation with 22 gigawatts of wind capacity, followed by Oklahoma, Iowa, California and Kansas with each at more than 5,000 megawatts.

Following a three-year, five-way competitive process, the U.S. Department of Energy has selected the Energy and Geosciences Institute (EGI) at the University of Utah to develop a geothermal laboratory near Milford, Utah. The laboratory, called Frontier Observatory for Research in Geothermal Energy (FORGE) will focus on developing enhanced geothermal systems which could greatly expand the nation's capacity to produce geothermal energy.

CONCORD (AP) New Hampshire regulators completed their hearings on the Northern Pass project and planned to start their deliberations in December. In April, hearings before the state Site Evaluation Committee began on the $1.6 billion plan to bring hydropower from Canada to southern New England markets.

Eversource Energy and Northern Pass Transmission LLC (NPT), a subsidiary of Eversource Energy, announced that the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has issued a Record of Decision (ROD) and approved the Presidential Permit for the Northern Pass hydroelectric transmission project that will allow NPT to construct transmission facilities at the U.S./Canada border in Pittsburg, N.H.

Working closely with industry partners, University of Delaware researchers have developed a new method for constructing offshore wind farms and proven that it is cheaper, faster and could make possible offshore wind deployment at a scale and pace able to keep up with the region's scheduled retirements of nuclear and coal-fired power plants.

As Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Administrator Brock Long visits Puerto Rico for the third time since Hurricanes Irma and Maria devastated the islands, focus remains on making roads accessible, and providing emergency power for the purposes of life sustaining activities.