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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...

Drought saps California reservoirs as hot, dry summer looms

Jun. 17, 2021 15:11 PM EDT

OROVILLE, Calif. (AP) — Each year Lake Oroville helps water a quarter of the nation’s crops, sustain endangered salmon beneath its massive earthen dam and anchor the tourism economy of a Northern California county that must rebuild seemingly every year after unrelenting wildfires. ...

In Brazil's Amazon, rivers rise to record levels

Jun. 01, 2021 11:55 AM EDT

MANAUS, Brazil (AP) — Rivers around the biggest city in Brazil's Amazon rainforest have swelled to levels unseen in over a century of record-keeping, according to data published Tuesday by Manaus' port authorities, straining a society that has grown weary of increasingly frequent flooding....

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...

Michigan lawmakers propose $500M to repair dams after breach

May. 19, 2021 20:31 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan lawmakers on Wednesday proposed spending $500 million to repair aging dams a year after a hydroelectric dam failed to hold back floodwaters in the Midland area, causing more than $250 million in damage, draining lakes and forcing thousands of residents to...

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. ...