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Colorado coal town grapples with future as plant shuts down

Jan. 19, 2022 18:47 PM EST

CRAIG, Colorado (AP) — In a quiet valley tucked away from Colorado’s bustling ski resorts, far from his hometown in northern Mexico, Trinidad Loya found a way to support his family’s American dream: Coal. He, his son and grandson — all named Trinidad Loya — worked for the...

Thousands lose power in far northern Maine

Jan. 19, 2022 17:37 PM EST

MADAWASKA, Maine (AP) — Thousands of customers were without power in far northern Maine on Wednesday due to a disruption of electricity on the other side of the Canadian border. Power company Versant Power said more than 11,000 customers lost power. Almost all of those were in...

GM expands market for hydrogen fuel cells beyond vehicles

Jan. 19, 2022 14:52 PM EST

DETROIT (AP) — General Motors is finding new markets for its hydrogen fuel cell systems, announcing that it will work with another company to build mobile electricity generators, electric vehicle charging stations and power generators for military camps. The emissions-free...

Construction to begin soon on new US offshore wind farm

Jan. 19, 2022 12:36 PM EST

Construction will soon begin on the second commercial-scale, offshore wind energy project to gain approval in the United States, the developers said. The U.S. Department of the Interior approved it in November, and the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management issued its approval letter...

Co-op to receive power from largest wind farm in ND

Jan. 19, 2022 11:46 AM EST

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A Minnesota-based cooperative plans to receive power from what is expected to be the largest stand-alone wind farm in North Dakota. The Great River Energy cooperative and wind developer Apex Clean Energy formally announced plans Tuesday for the 400-megawatt...

Supporters of consumer-owned utility aiming for 2023 ballot

Jan. 19, 2022 09:23 AM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Falling shy of their signature-gathering goal, supporters of a referendum drive aimed at establishing a consumer-owned electric utility will extend their efforts — delaying a potential vote until next year. Canvassers collected nearly three quarters of the...

South Korea and Saudi Arabia need oil but eye clean energy

Jan. 18, 2022 20:32 PM EST

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — A delegation led by South Korea’s president visiting Saudi Arabia inked a preliminary deal Tuesday to explore a project to develop a potentially cleaner form of energy. The development comes even as Saudi Arabia remains South Korea’s top supplier of crude oil. ...

Majority of US states pursue nuclear power for emission cuts

Jan. 18, 2022 17:23 PM EST

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — As climate change pushes states in the U.S. to dramatically cut their use of fossil fuels, many are coming to the conclusion that solar, wind and other renewable power sources might not be enough to keep the lights on. Nuclear power is emerging as an answer...

In tiny Wyoming town, Bill Gates bets big on nuclear power

Jan. 18, 2022 17:21 PM EST

KEMMERER, Wyoming (AP) — In this sleepy Wyoming town that has relied on coal for over a century, a company founded by the man who revolutionized personal computing is launching an ambitious project to counter climate change: A nationwide reboot of nuclear energy technology. Until...

Official: Japan hopes to lead Asian zero-emissions push

Jan. 18, 2022 06:45 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Japan will gradually phase out coal plants over the next two decades while developing new technologies to reduce, capture and utilize carbon, Environment Minister Tsuyoshi Yamaguchi said Tuesday. Yamaguchi said in an interview with The Associated Press that Japan hopes...