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FILE-In this Oct. 5, 2011 file photo, the cooling tower of the Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Station looms over an adjacent farm in Oak Harbor, Ohio. Across the nation, a handful of nuclear plants unable to compete with natural gas and renewable energy have shut down within the last two years, taking away steady and lucrative sources of tax money for schools, roads and libraries. The uncertainty surrounding the future of both Ohio plants, Davis-Besse near Toledo and Perry near Cleveland, has created plenty of nervousness in their hometowns that have found themselves caught in the middle of the scandal-tainted bailout. (AP Photo/Amy Sancetta, File)

2 nuke plants, 1 bribery scandal, no answers: Towns on edge

Jan. 15, 2021 9:25 AM EST

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — For much of the past four years, the residents of a pair of villages along Lake Erie have been on edge over the fate of their nuclear plants, which generate enough tax money to pay for nicer schools than their neighbors. Like many U.S. nuclear plants struggling to compete with with...

Hurricane-force winds cause extensive damage in North Dakota

Jan. 15, 2021 8:47 AM EST

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A weather system packing hurricane-force wind gusts has caused extensive damage and power outages in western and central North Dakota. The National Weather Service reported wind gusts of 77 mph at Garrison, 81 mph in Hettinger County and 93 mph in Williston on Thursday. The weather...

RI Report: 100% renewable energy by 2030 possible but costly

Jan. 14, 2021 11:52 AM EST

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Achieving Rhode Island's goal of using 100% renewable energy by 2030 is possible, a state report said, but it will require the ongoing construction of renewable energy projects as transportation and heating transition to electric power. The report released Wednesday from the...

FILE - In this Feb. 27, 1968 file photo, an Egyptian worker waves as he stands on top of a rock overlooking the partly constructed power station on the Aswan High Dam, Egypt. Egyptians are marking 50 years since the inauguration of the Nile dam, a massive feat of construction that has shaped the course of modern-day Egypt. It spared it from seasonal droughts and flooding, and generated electricity. (AP Photo, File)

Fifty years on, the Nile dam that changed the face of Egypt

Jan. 14, 2021 10:38 AM EST

MANIAL SULTAN, Egypt (AP) — Yassin Saeed remembers when the Nile’s annual flood drenched his village in the years before the construction of the Aswan High Dam. Now, former flood lands are green fields year-round. “Our lives were very hard,” said the 76-year-old Egyptian, recounting...

Climate task force to tackle Alaska city's carbon footprint

Jan. 14, 2021 9:48 AM EST

SITKA, Alaska (AP) — Elected officials and residents in an Alaska city have revived a decade-old task force to tackle climate change in the community. The Sitka Assembly approved a new Climate Action Task Force in November, Alaska’s Energy Desk reported Wednesday. The group's job is to develop a...

California heat, poor planning led to August power outages

Jan. 13, 2021 9:22 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Energy regulators on Wednesday blamed blackouts last summer that affected hundreds of thousands of Californians on poor planning, electrical market problems and an extreme heat wave that blanketed the West. The 131-page report covered events of Aug. 14 and Aug. 15 when the state's...

FILE - In this April 4, 2013 file photo, a truck carrying 250 tons of coal hauls the fuel to the surface of the Spring Creek mine near Decker, Mont. A judge threw out a lawsuit on Friday, May 22, 2020, from a coalition of states, environmental groups and American Indians which sought to revive an Obama-era moratorium against U.S. government coal sales on public lands in the West. U.S. District Judge Brian Morris said President Donald Trump's administration had fixed its initial failure to consider the environmental impacts of ending the moratorium. (AP Photo/Matthew Brown,File)

Amid production woes, US coal deaths at historic low in 2020

Jan. 13, 2021 5:04 PM EST

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Five miners died in U.S. coal mines in 2020, an all-time low mark for an industry in a year that saw continuing declines in production as electric providers move away from burning coal. The federal Mine Safety and Health Administration, which tracks the deaths, said Wednesday there...

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Spain: Snow adds to misery in Madrid slum area without power

Jan. 13, 2021 1:00 PM EST

MADRID (AP) — As record snowfall and sub-freezing temperatures enveloped much of normally temperate Spain, few residents suffered as severely as the thousands who live in La Cañada Real Galiana, a mega-shantytown outside Madrid that is ranked as one of the biggest slum areas in Europe. Much of La...

This undated photo provided by General Motors shows the 2022 GMC Hummer EV, an electric SUV that promises 1,000 horsepower via three electric motors. (General Motors via AP)

Edmunds: 5 new trucks and SUVs to look for in 2021

Jan. 13, 2021 9:17 AM EST

Every new year ushers in a new batch of cars, trucks and SUVs from just about every automaker. Some of these new models create little more than passing interest, while others threaten to burn out the internet with hype. For 2021, it’ll be trucks and SUVs dominating the news. Edmunds’ experts cover...

Governor: Wyoming will fight any Biden regulations on energy

Jan. 12, 2021 6:49 PM EST

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming will push back against any federal regulations brought by the Biden administration that hinder development of fossil fuels and other resources, Gov. Mark Gordon told state lawmakers kicking off their annual session Tuesday. “There is good reason to be concerned the...