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Agency hears testimony on disputed section of $1B power line

Oct. 19, 2021 18:51 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Opponents of a $1 billion electric transmission project urged environmental regulators Tuesday to revoke the project’s license, while supporters warned that doing so would be a step backward in the battle against climate change. The public...

Mexico to reserve future lithium production for government

Oct. 01, 2021 14:09 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico said Friday it wants to declare lithium a “strategic mineral” and reserve any future exploration and mining for the government. The move is likely to leave Mexico's only privately exploited mine, expected to start production in 2023, in...

Judge: Construction can continue on most of $1B corridor

Sep. 17, 2021 16:58 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Construction on a 145-mile (233-kilometer) electricity transmission corridor in western Maine can continue while litigation proceeds over a 1-mile section that was leased by the state, a state Supreme Court justice ruled. Another judge previously...

Minnesota defers OK for permit linked to ND power plant deal

Sep. 09, 2021 21:28 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Regulators told a Minnesota-based utility Thursday that they need more information before signing off on a permit transfer necessary for a financially troubled coal-fired power plant in North Dakota to be sold to a Bismarck-based marketer of wholesale electricity. ...

Editorial Roundup: Alabama

Sep. 08, 2021 13:12 PM EDT

Dothan Eagle. September 1, 2021. Editorial: Wrongheaded Chip Brown, an Alabama lawmaker from Mobile, just doesn’t get it. Alabama is among the states where the majority of people haven’t gotten the coronavirus vaccine, where greater than 90...

Lawmakers: Ida damage shows need for infrastructure upgrades

Sep. 07, 2021 00:15 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Shaken by haunting images of surging rivers, flooded roads and subways and other damage caused by the remnants of Hurricane Ida, lawmakers from both parties are vowing to upgrade the nation's aging infrastructure network. As the deadly storm moved from...

Lawmakers: Ida damage shows need for infrastructure upgrades

Sep. 06, 2021 11:10 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Shaken by haunting images of surging rivers, flooded roads and subways and other damage caused by the remnants of Hurricane Ida, lawmakers from both parties are vowing to upgrade the nation's aging infrastructure network. As the deadly storm moved from...

Eversource names new president of New Hampshire operations

Sep. 05, 2021 11:08 AM EDT

MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — Doug Foley, the vice president of Eversource's electric operations in Massachusetts, will become the next leader of the utility's operations in New Hampshire. Foley starts on Sept. 10. He will succeed Joe Purington, who will become president and...

InvestigateWest: Can West learn to share renewable power?

Aug. 24, 2021 12:22 PM EDT

March of 2019 opened with a deep chill across Cascadia. Arctic air poured south, jacking up energy consumption and straining energy supplies in Oregon, Washington and British Columbia. It conjured a “perfect” storm for the region’s electricity grid. As temperatures...

Wind project would double Idaho's turbine energy output

Aug. 19, 2021 18:17 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A proposed energy project in south-central Idaho would more than double the amount of wind energy produced in the state, and U.S. officials said Thursday that they are taking comments on the plan. The U.S. Bureau of Land Management is taking...