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Shore towns want say over wind projects, push back on bill

Jun. 16, 2021 16:39 PM EDT

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Lawmakers from Jersey Shore towns are pushing back against a bill meant to fast-track offshore wind energy projects by taking away local control over transmission lines and other onshore infrastructure. A bill moving quickly and quietly...

New Mexico weighs rules for community solar program

Jun. 16, 2021 16:06 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico utility regulators have nearly a year to create a set of rules for governing community solar projects in the state. But utilities say they are already being flooded with applications and requests for interconnection from prospective developers. ...

Spacesuit problems prevent astronauts from completing job

Jun. 16, 2021 15:32 PM EDT

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Spacesuit problems prevented astronauts from completing the installation Wednesday of powerful, new solar panels outside the International Space Station. NASA astronaut Shane Kimbrough encountered a pair of spacesuit issues midway through the...

US pledges funding to help Egypt move to solar power

Jun. 16, 2021 14:43 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — The United States is planning to increase funding to Egypt to help it convert to solar energy and move away from fossil fuels, U.S. special envoy for climate John Kerry said in Cairo on Wednesday. Egypt is “blessed to be the number one country in the...

Bill retires many NC coal-fired plants, boosts renewables

Jun. 15, 2021 21:47 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Several coal-fired power plants operated by Duke Energy's North Carolina subsidiaries would transition to alternate fuels by the end of 2030 and a renewable-energy procurement program would be expanded in legislation unveiled Tuesday by House Republicans. ...

Bill would pre-empt local say over offshore wind projects

Jun. 15, 2021 18:09 PM EDT

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey lawmakers are considering a law that would fast-track offshore wind energy projects by removing the ability of local governments to control power lines and other onshore components. The bill, introduced last week and advanced on...

Utility's green energy plan fuels debate in Kansas, Missouri

Jun. 14, 2021 15:14 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas' largest electric company expects to make its first big investments in solar energy over the next three years and promises zero net carbon emissions in 2045. Environmentalists don’t think Evergy is moving quickly enough. Conversely, other...

Advocates work toward new southern Nevada national monument

Jun. 14, 2021 13:15 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Advocates in southern Nevada are building momentum toward setting aside a wide desert area rich with biological diversity and Native American cultural significance for permanent environmental protection. The site would be called Avi Kwa Ame National...

Mississippi approves first wind turbine electricity facility

Jun. 09, 2021 17:30 PM EDT

TUNICA, Miss. (AP) — The state of Mississippi has approved its first wind turbine facility to generate electricity in the Mississippi Delta, the Mississippi Public Service Commission announced Wednesday. The electricity generation facility will be built on 13,000 acres...

Cooper seeks to ignite NC wind projects, sets power goal

Jun. 09, 2021 16:13 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Gov. Roy Cooper unveiled more efforts on Wednesday to boost development of generating wind turbine energy off the North Carolina coast over the next two decades. The governor issued an executive order directing his Commerce Department to create a...