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In this photo taken Wednesday Feb. 12, 2020, are solar panels on rooftops of a housing development in Folsom, Calif. When California finalized the nation's first sweeping rooftop solar mandate for new construction last year, advocates pictured a utopia of all homes being built with solar panels, turning the clunky panels into the new norm to help the state achieve state carbon neutrality. But those images of self-sustaining abodes may be dashed, supporters warn, if an electric utility in Sacramento wins a widely watched case on Thursday, Feb. 20, deciding how the new solar mandate will be interpreted. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

California's solar mandate may not require one on every roof

Feb. 20, 2020 12:12 AM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — When California finalized the nation's first sweeping rooftop solar mandate for new construction last year, advocates pictured a utopia of all homes being built with solar panels, turning the clunky panels into the new norm to help the state achieve carbon neutrality. But those...

From left, Democratic presidential candidates, former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., participate in a Democratic presidential primary debate Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020, in Las Vegas, hosted by NBC News and MSNBC. (AP Photo/John Locher)

AP FACT CHECK: Dems' debate flubs; Trump untruths at rally

Feb. 20, 2020 12:08 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The latest Democratic presidential debate was a raucous one, ripe for exaggerations and distortions as Mike Bloomberg made his debut on the debate stage and rivals went after him and each other. President Donald Trump weighed in on the feisty performance at a rally where he...

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., speaks during a Democratic presidential primary debate Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020, in Las Vegas, hosted by NBC News and MSNBC. (AP Photo/John Locher)

The Latest: Sanders: Democrat with most delegates should win

Feb. 19, 2020 11:09 PM EST

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The latest on the 2020 presidential campaign and Democratic debat e (all times local): 8 p.m. Bernie Sanders is the only Democratic candidate on the debate stage who thinks the candidate with the most delegates should win the party’s presidential nomination even if he or she doesn't...

FILE - In this Jan. 21, 2010, file photo, pronghorn antelope pass by a natural gas drilling rig, background, south of Pinedale in western Wyoming. Environmental groups are suing over plans for a potentially huge Wyoming gas field they say would endanger antelope in Grand Teton National Park by hindering a migration route between the park and a basin. The Upper Green River Alliance, Western Watersheds Project and Center for Biological Diversity sued the U.S. Bureau of Land Management in U.S. District Court in Cheyenne on Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020. (AP Photo/Mead Gruver, File)

Antelope worries prompt lawsuit over Wyoming gas field plan

Feb. 19, 2020 8:31 PM EST

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Environmental groups are suing over plans for a potentially huge Wyoming gas field they say would endanger antelope in Grand Teton National Park by hindering a migration route between the park and a basin. The Upper Green River Alliance, Western Watersheds Project and the Center for...

FILE - In this file photo dated Thursday, April 6, 2017, a sticker is photographed on a helmet of an employee of Fessenheim's nuclear power plant opposing the closure, during a protest outside the EDF headquarters in Paris, France. A statement released Wednesday Feb. 19, 2020, that Fessenehim will close one of its reactors on upcoming Saturday, as the first phase of a shut-down at the plant.  Sticker on helmet reads,

France to shut down oldest nuclear complex by end of June

Feb. 19, 2020 7:27 AM EST

PARIS (AP) — French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe said on Wednesday that the Fessenheim nuclear reactor, on the border with Germany, will be shut down at the end of June, with one of its reactors to be closed this weekend. A statement on Wednesday called the decision “the first phase” of...

Texas co. to pay $2.4M penalty for ND oil terminal violation

Feb. 18, 2020 5:56 PM EST

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A Texas company and its subsidiaries will pay a $2.4 million penalty to resolve alleged violations of the Clean Air Act for a crude oil transloading facility the companies formerly owned and operated on the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation in North Dakota, the U.S. Environmental...

Portland to vote on joining a solar collective

Feb. 18, 2020 2:23 PM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The Portland City Council will discuss joining other large-scale energy users to encourage the construction of solar farms across Maine. The council is expected to vote Wednesday on whether to allow the city manager to join the consortium and commit to purchasing electricity from it...

Solar energy facility set to be built in north Mississippi

Feb. 18, 2020 12:49 PM EST

COLUMBUS, Miss. (AP) — A renewable energy company will build a 200-megawatt solar facility in northeast Mississippi, under a contract with the Tennessee Valley Authority. TVA awarded the contract to Florida-based Origis Energy, the Commercial Dispatch reported. Johan Vanhee, chief commercial and...

FILE - In this Thursday, Sept. 19, 2019 file photo, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos walks off stage after holding a news conference at the National Press Club in Washington to announce the Climate Pledge, setting a goal to meet the Paris Agreement 10 years early. On Monday, Feb. 17, 2020, Bezos said that he plans to spend $10 billion of his own fortune to help fight climate change. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Jeff Bezos commits $10 billion to fight climate change

Feb. 17, 2020 9:48 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon founder Jeff Bezos said Monday that he plans to spend $10 billion of his own fortune to help fight climate change. Bezos, the world’s richest person, said in an Instagram post that he'll start giving grants this summer to scientists, activists and nonprofits working to protect...

Oregon governor calls for breaching 4 Snake River dams

Feb. 15, 2020 5:30 PM EST

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The governor of Oregon has come out in favor of removing four hydroelectric dams on the Snake River in Washington state, saying that is the best way to increase endangered salmon runs. Gov. Kate Brown, a Democrat, sent a letter to Washington’s Democratic Gov. Jay Inslee this week,...