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Oregon judge orders clean energy ballot measures to proceed

Jan. 16, 2020 8:38 PM EST

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — A county judge in Oregon on Thursday ordered the secretary of state to process two clean energy ballot initiatives that environmentalists want to bring before voters in November, after the state official had rejected them. Secretary of State Bev Clarno, a Republican, had earlier said the...

File - In this Dec. 3, 2018, file photo, are homes leveled by the Camp Fire line the Ridgewood Mobile Home Park retirement community in Paradise, Calif. A $13.5 billion settlement covering most of the losses from a series of catastrophic wildfires that drove Pacific Gas and Electric into bankruptcy is turning into a financial tug of war pitting the interests of U.S. taxpayers against the disaster victims still trying to rebuild their lives. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)

Judge threatens to force PG&E to hire more tree trimmers

Jan. 16, 2020 8:21 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A federal judge on Thursday threatened to force Pacific Gas & Electric to hire more tree trimmers to reduce the chances of its electrical grid igniting fires in Northern California and adhere to a requirement imposed after the utility's natural gas lines blew up a neighborhood a...

A man casts his shadow in the coal port of the Mehrum coal-fired power plant in the district of Peine in Hohenhameln, Germany, Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020. Germany wants to gradually phase out the climate-damaging combustion of coal for electricity generation by 2038. ( Julian Stratenschulte/dpa via AP)

Germany agrees timeline, compensation for coal phase-out

Jan. 16, 2020 8:40 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Germany will pay utility companies billions of euros to speed up the shutdown of their coal-fired power plants as part of the country's efforts to fight climate change, the government said Thursday. The agreement reached after late-night deliberations between federal ministers and...

FILE - In this Oct. 14, 2017, file photo, Pacific Gas & Electric crews work on restoring power lines in a fire ravaged neighborhood in the aftermath of a wildfire in Santa Rosa, Calif. A state lawmaker is demanding an extensive review of the California Public Utilities Commission to determine whether regulators' lax oversight enabled the neglectful behavior at Pacific Gas & Electric that triggered catastrophic wildfires, a messy bankruptcy and exasperating blackouts. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)

California lawmaker demands probe of PG&E's chief regulator

Jan. 15, 2020 8:58 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A state lawmaker on Wednesday demanded an extensive review of the California Public Utilities Commission to determine whether regulators’ lax oversight enabled neglect at Pacific Gas & Electric that triggered catastrophic wildfires, a messy bankruptcy and exasperating...

FILE - This Oct. 30, 2019, file photo, shows the charred remains of the Soda Rock Winery framed by the building's stone facade in the aftermath of the Kincade Fire near Healdsburg, Calif.  The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020, to hire two law firms to pursue legal action against Pacific Gas & Electric, the nation's largest utility. The action comes as PG&E is trying to dig out of a financial hole created by a series of catastrophic fires that have been blamed on the utility's outdated electrical system and managerial negligence. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)

Sonoma County prepares to sue PG&E for damages from fire

Jan. 15, 2020 2:27 PM EST

SONOMA, Calif. (AP) — A county in Northern California wine country is exploring plans to sue a utility over a massive wildfire last fall that caused losses of $725 million when combined with rolling power shutoffs. The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to hire two law firms to pursue legal...

4th person pleads guilty in $1B California energy scam

Jan. 15, 2020 1:30 AM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — An executive of a San Francisco Bay Area solar energy company pleaded guilty Tuesday to participating in what federal prosecutors said was a massive Ponzi scheme that defrauded investors of $1 billion. Ryan Guidry, 43, of Pleasant Hill entered pleas involving the scam and money...

FILE - In this March 26, 2014 file photo, BlackRock Chairman and CEO Laurence Fink is interviewed by Maria Bartiromo on Fox Business Network's

Climate is changing. Investing needs to, too, says BlackRock

Jan. 14, 2020 3:36 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — A changing climate means dramatic risks for the world — and for investments too, the chief of the world’s largest investment manager said Tuesday. To prepare for and protect against those risks, BlackRock CEO Laurence Fink said in his influential annual letter to CEOs that his...

FILE - In this Feb. 8, 2019, file photo, an excavator loads debris onto a truck while clearing a property burned by the Camp Fire in Paradise, Calif. A $13.5 billion settlement covering most of the losses from a series of catastrophic wildfires that drove Pacific Gas and Electric into bankruptcy is turning into a financial tug of war pitting the interests of U.S. taxpayers against the disaster victims still trying to rebuild their lives. (AP Photo/Noah Berger, File)

Federal government blasts PG&E's deal with fire victims

Jan. 14, 2020 3:01 AM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Tensions between the U.S. government and Pacific Gas & Electric are boiling over as the two sides battle over whether a taxpayer-funded agency should be allowed to stake a claim on a $13.5 billion settlement covering most of the losses from catastrophic wildfires blamed on the...

Nepal's main airport cuts the heat amid worries over power

Jan. 13, 2020 8:52 AM EST

KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Nepal's aviation authority on Monday asked everyone in the Himalayan nation's only international airport to cut down on heating this winter to save power so that key equipment can run without disruption. “There has been increased demand for electricity use due to the cold...

Joe Kaeser, CEO of Siemens, addresses the media during a statement in Berlin, Germany, Friday. Jan. 10, 2020. Kaeser met German representatives of the Fridays-for-Future movement and said the company takes the activists' concerns seriously. (Soeren Stache/dpa via AP)

Germany's Siemens to fulfill Australia coal mine contract

Jan. 13, 2020 2:26 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Germany's Siemens has decided to stand by a contract linked to a coal mine in Australia that climate activists had called for it to drop. The German industrial conglomerate's CEO, Joe Kaeser, had promised to review Siemens' involvement in the project in light of climate activists' opposition....