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Power outage hits 330K in Puerto Rico amid growing outrage

Jun. 16, 2021 22:41 PM EDT

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — A sudden power failure left more than 330,000 clients in the dark across Puerto Rico late Wednesday, enraging many who were recovering from a massive outage that hit the U.S. territory just days ago. Luma Energy, a private company that took...

Ohio House expels former Republican speaker in historic vote

Jun. 16, 2021 21:34 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Members of the Ohio House expelled Rep. Larry Householder, the federally indicted Republican ex-speaker, Wednesday in a bipartisan vote that invoked their powers to remove a member for the first time in 150 years. The GOP-controlled House voted...

Protection sought for California fish and lizard species

Jun. 16, 2021 18:35 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A tiny fish native to Southern California streams and a legless, sand-swimming lizard will be studied to determine whether they qualify for protection under the federal Endangered Species Act, a conservation group said Wednesday. The Center for...

$1 million fine in 2016 pipeline accident in Louisiana

Jun. 16, 2021 18:12 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A Texas company pleaded guilty to a federal Clean Water Act violation and agreed to pay a $1 million fine for damaging a pipeline that leaked more than 5,000 gallons of oil in a Louisiana bay in 2016, the U.S. Attorney's Office in New Orleans said Wednesday. ...

Senators press Interior Secretary Haaland on oil lease pause

Jun. 16, 2021 18:00 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Both Republican and Democratic senators pressed Interior Secretary Deb Haaland for answers Wednesday after a federal court blocked the Biden administration’s suspension of new oil and gas leases on federal lands and waters. In a sharply worded ruling...

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...

Energy milestone: Florida utility topples last coal chimney

Jun. 16, 2021 13:28 PM EDT

INDIANTOWN, Fla. (AP) — Florida Power & Light imploded the towering chimney stack of its last coal-fired generating plant on Wednesday, a milestone in its transition to cleaner energy sources. Puffs of smoke came from the base of the 495-foot (150-meter) stack and...