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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...

Maryland county's 1st community solar project to go online

Jan. 11, 2021 10:48 AM EST

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — A Maryland county’s first community solar project, which gives electric customers a chance to access solar energy, is scheduled to launch online this summer. Residents who do not have solar arrays in Anne Arundel County will be able to use the Checkerspot Community Solar Farm...

Plans call for solar facility at brownfield site

Jan. 8, 2021 11:49 AM EST

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — Plans call for a West Virginia site that was designated as a brownfield to be turned into a solar production facility, officials said. The Berkeley County Council announced on Thursday that Colorado-based Torch Clean Energy plans to install a $100 million solar electricity...

New Mexico utilities look ahead to renewable energy mandates

Jan. 7, 2021 5:43 PM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A solar project meant to provide 10% of Gallup’s electricity for the next two decades is falling short of expectations, highlighting just one of the challenges as investor-owned utilities and rural electric cooperatives across New Mexico look to boost their share of...

Massachusetts lawmakers pass sweeping climate change bill

Jan. 5, 2021 4:32 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker said Tuesday he is reviewing legislation passed by lawmakers that would overhaul the state’s climate laws, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, create renewable energy jobs and protect poorer communities that can be at higher risk from pollution. A...

Former Chicago industrial site being eyed as solar farm

Jan. 1, 2021 9:52 AM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — A toxic former industrial site on Chicago’s Southeast Side is being considered for a 36-acre solar farm, according to a published report. The proposal would mark a first-of-its-kind transaction for the Cook County Land Bank Authority, which usually sells properties to buyers who...

Utility-consumer balance at issue in Georgia PSC runoff

Jan. 1, 2021 8:23 AM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia's pair of U.S. Senate runoffs have prompted hundreds of millions of dollars in campaign spending, but the low-profile runoff for the state's Public Service Commission is no small matter either, with billions of dollars in utility bills at stake. Incumbent Republican Lauren...

Ohio lawmakers fail to deal with tainted energy bill

Dec. 23, 2020 3:11 PM EST

CLEVELAND (AP) — Ohio lawmakers ended their 2020 legislative session late Tuesday without repealing or replacing a scandal-tainted bill that provides a $1 billion bailout for two aging Ohio nuclear power plants, among other provisions. The Legislature adjourned for the year after sending Republican Gov....

FILE - In this Sept. 11, 2019, file photo, is an aerial view of Lake Powell on the Colorado River along the Arizona-Utah border. A set of guidelines for managing the Colorado River helped several states through a dry spell, but it's not enough to keep key reservoirs in the American West from plummeting amid persistent drought and climate change, according to a U.S. report released Friday, Dec. 18, 2020. (AP Photo/John Antczak, File)

Congress takes aim at climate change in massive relief bill

Dec. 21, 2020 7:54 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The huge pandemic relief and spending bill includes billions of dollars to promote clean energy such as wind and solar power while sharply reducing over time the use of potent coolants in air conditioners and refrigerators that are considered a major driver of global warming. The energy...

Arizona utility restarts effort to get more power from solar

Dec. 21, 2020 1:23 AM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — A fire and explosion in April 2019 halted the expansion of batteries for Arizona Public Service Co., but the state’s largest utility has restarted the effort to get more of its power from solar panels. The fire at one of APS’ first battery installations in Surprise injured...