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Ugandan opposition figure Bobi Wine objects to oil pipeline

Oct. 04, 2022 08:38 AM EDT

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — A planned pipeline to export oil from Uganda is likely to entrench the long rule of President Yoweri Museveni, opposition figure Bobi Wine said Tuesday, voicing his opposition to a project that's increasingly controversial over environmental concerns. Wine,...

Youngkin plan calls for reevaluating major clean energy law

Oct. 03, 2022 15:23 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Republican Gov. Glenn Youngkin called Monday for expanding nuclear power generation in Virginia, reevaluating a recent clean energy law celebrated by environmentalists, and restoring greater authority to state regulators who oversee the state's powerful utilities. ...

US shift away from coal hits tribal community in New Mexico

Oct. 02, 2022 16:17 PM EDT

KIRTLAND, N.M. (AP) — The clamor of second graders breaking away from lessons to form lunch lines has gotten quieter in a rural New Mexico community, where families losing coal jobs have been forced to pack up and leave in search of work. At Judy Nelson Elementary, 1 in 4 students...

Allies aim for risky Russian oil price cap as winter nears

Oct. 02, 2022 00:04 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. officials celebrated in early September when top allies agreed to back an audacious, never-before-tried plan to clamp down on Vladimir Putin’s access to cash as he wages war on Ukraine. The idea sounded simple enough: The countries would pay only cut-rate...

Newsom relaxes refinery rules as California gas prices soar

Sep. 30, 2022 21:15 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom on Friday announced that oil refineries could start selling more polluting winter-blend gasoline ahead of schedule to ease soaring fuel prices, directly contradicting his own goals for reducing climate pollutants. The average...

Manchin ends pipeline push, easing path for spending bill

Sep. 27, 2022 21:14 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin has abandoned, for now, his push to speed up the permitting process for energy projects, easing the Senate’s path toward passing a stopgap spending bill that would keep the federal government running when the fiscal year ends at midnight Friday. ...

High court says lone Arizona regulator can seek utility docs

Sep. 27, 2022 18:57 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — The Arizona commission that regulates utilities cannot prevent a single member from issuing subpoenas to investigate companies that the panel oversees, the state Supreme Court ruled Tuesday. The former commissioner who filed the case, Bob Burns, said the ruling will...

Hearings begin on Georgia Power proposal to raise rates 12%

Sep. 27, 2022 13:43 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — State regulators began hearings Tuesday on Georgia Power Co.'s request to raise rates by 12% over the next three years, setting up clashes over how much profit the utility should earn, how much solar panel owners should be paid and how rates should be structured. The...

Judge approves $230M settlement in California oil spill case

Sep. 22, 2022 21:21 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A judge has approved a $230 million lawsuit settlement by the owners of a pipeline that spilled more than 140,000 gallons of crude oil into the ocean off California in 2015, lawyers announced Thursday. A federal judge in Los Angeles gave final approval on Tuesday...

Electric demand to outpace capacity for New Mexico utilities

Sep. 22, 2022 19:59 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico regulators are concerned about the ability of the state’s largest electric providers to meet demands during peak seasons in 2023 and 2024. The Public Regulation Commission convened a special meeting Thursday with utility executives to discuss...