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Indiana's top electric provider seeks rate increase approval

Nov. 26, 2021 09:29 AM EST

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana's largest electric utility is seeking regulatory approval to raise its rates 1% every year until 2029 to pay for an $1.9 billion upgrade aimed at hardening its electric grid against severe weather. Plainfield-based Duke Energy Indiana filed...

Newsom names energy adviser as state's top utility regulator

Nov. 22, 2021 20:26 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom has named his senior adviser on energy policy as the next president of the powerful state body that regulates utilities. Alice Reynolds is set to lead the five-member California Public Utilities Commission...

Construction temporarily halted on $1B transmission line

Nov. 19, 2021 18:51 PM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The developer of a $1 billion electric transmission line is suspending construction at the request of Maine’s governor after she certified election results Friday in which residents firmly opposed the project. Democratic Gov. Janet Mills had...

Backers of $1 billion power line to take Canadian hydropower into New England agree to suspend construction

Nov. 19, 2021 16:42 PM EST
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Backers of $1 billion power line to take Canadian hydropower into New England agree to suspend construction.

Power line debate: Clean energy or environmental harm?

Nov. 15, 2021 01:04 AM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Stress dissolves when Dena Kurt is out on the water. She paddles on the Mississippi River around 15 hours a week, but she might be on the river twice as long while training for marathon canoe races. “My favorite times to paddle are early in the...

Power line vote challenged in court; no halt to construction

Nov. 03, 2021 18:41 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine residents overwhelmingly voted to halt a $1 billion electric line that is already under construction, but that doesn’t spell the end of the polarizing project in the state's western woods. Workers reported for duty constructing the power...

Polls close in Maine with no reported problems

Nov. 02, 2021 20:03 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Polls have closed in Maine after voters had their say on a 145-mile power line to serve as a conduit for Canadian hydropower and a constitutional amendment to enshrine residents' right to grow, raise, harvest and produce their own food. Secretary...

New Mexico energizes first leg of major transmission line

Oct. 26, 2021 17:06 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — It’s been years in the making, and now officials say the first leg of a major renewable energy transmission line in New Mexico has been energized. The New Mexico Renewable Energy Transmission Authority made the announcement Tuesday, saying...

Bitcoin-mining power plant raises ire of environmentalists

Oct. 16, 2021 12:43 PM EDT

An obstacle to large-scale bitcoin mining is finding enough cheap energy to run the huge, power-gobbling computer arrays that create and transact cryptocurrency. One mining operation in central New York came up with a novel solution that has alarmed environmentalists. It uses its own power...

More than $60M spent in a battle over hydropower corridor

Oct. 06, 2021 09:34 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Spending on a fall referendum aimed at stopping a utility corridor in western Maine has topped $60 million, with energy companies pouring money into advertising ahead of the vote. It's already a record for spending on a referendum question in...