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Albania holds 1st wind power tender to diversify energy base

Jun. 21, 2021 12:32 PM EDT

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Albania launched a tender Monday for its first onshore wind power program, trying to diversify its water-based energy production. Albania produces more than 99% of its energy from hydropower, with the main plants located on northern Drini River....

Plan to raze 4 dams on California-Oregon line clears hurdle

Jun. 17, 2021 18:30 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A proposal to bring down four hydroelectric dams near the California-Oregon border cleared a major regulatory hurdle Thursday, setting the stage for the largest dam demolition project in U.S. history to save imperiled migratory salmon. The Federal...

Twelve Northwest tribes say they are united to save salmon

May. 27, 2021 18:28 PM EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Some Native American tribes in the Pacific Northwest are criticizing the suggestion they have competing opinions on how best to save endangered salmon runs, saying tribes are united in pursuing the removal of four hydroelectric dams on the Snake River in order to...

Germany, Norway flip switch on $2.4B undersea energy link

May. 27, 2021 10:27 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Germany and Norway inaugurated a new undersea cable Thursday that directly links the two countries' electricity networks, a project that has been described as a key step in Europe's effort to shift away from fossil fuels to renewable energy. The...

Canada gives final OK for hydropower transmission project

May. 21, 2021 10:58 AM EDT

MONTREAL (AP) — The Canadian government has given its final approval for construction and operation of power line to serve as a conduit for hydropower to reach the power grid in New England, officials said Friday. The Canada Energy Regulator, which must sign off on...

Tiny bats put kibosh on power line tree-cutting for 2 months

May. 18, 2021 14:03 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Tree-cutting on a key stretch of a $1 billion hydropower project in western Maine is going to stop almost as soon as it started to protect the newly born young of a federally protected bat. The New England Clean Energy Connect has a narrow window...

Inslee, Murray, Cantwell oppose Simpson plan to remove dams

May. 14, 2021 12:24 PM EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Washington state's top Democrats have come out against a proposal from U.S. Rep. Mike Simpson, R-Idaho, to remove four hydroelectric dams on the Snake River and replace their benefits as part of a huge infrastructure bill being crafted by the Biden administration. ...

Nevada Democrats unveil renewable energy infrastructure bill

May. 13, 2021 20:44 PM EDT

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Nevada lawmakers are considering a massive energy infrastructure proposal that would encourage the construction of renewable energy transmission lines and electric vehicle charging stations and hasten the state's transition away from fossil fuels. ...

Court: Construction can proceed on hydropower corridor

May. 13, 2021 16:56 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Construction can proceed on a 53-mile (85-kilometer) stretch of utility corridor that’s a critical part of a $1 billion project to bring Canadian hydropower to the New England grid, a federal appeals court ruled Thursday. The 1st U.S. Circuit...

Clean megaprojects divide surprise group: environmentalists

May. 03, 2021 14:20 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Sprawling wind farms located off the coast. Hydropower transmission lines that cut through some of America's most beloved forests and rivers. Solar megaprojects of unprecedented size. As President Joe Biden's administration plans to fight climate...