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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...

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...

Editorial Roundup: U.S.

Jun. 16, 2021 12:25 PM EDT

Excerpts from recent editorials in the United States and abroad: June 15 The Guardian on U.S. President Joe Biden, China and Europe: It is 50 years next month since Henry Kissinger embarked on the secret mission to Beijing that...

Spain hopes to jumpstart electric car industry with EU funds

Jun. 16, 2021 11:51 AM EDT

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Daniel Sánchez is one of the luckier electric car owners in Spain. With a free recharging station less than a kilometer from his home just north of Barcelona, he can keep his Tesla ready to roll. “I cannot imagine stopping at a gas station...

China says nuclear fuel rods damaged, no radiation leak

Jun. 16, 2021 09:02 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — A Chinese nuclear power plant near Hong Kong had five broken fuel rods in a reactor but no radioactivity leaked, the government said Wednesday in its first confirmation of the incident that prompted concern over the facility’s safety. Radiation rose...