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Sheriff: Vandalism cuts power across North Carolina county

Dec. 04, 2022 12:22 PM EST

CARTHAGE, N.C. (AP) — Multiple power substations in a North Carolina county were damaged by gunfire in an apparent act of criminal vandalism, leaving tens of thousands of people without electricity, authorities said. The power outage across Moore County that began just after 7...

Iranian state media: Construction begins on nuclear plant

Dec. 04, 2022 10:11 AM EST

CAIRO (AP) — Iran on Saturday began construction on a new nuclear power plant in the country's southwest, Iranian state TV announced, amid tensions with the U.S. over sweeping sanctions imposed after Washington pulled out of the Islamic Republic's nuclear deal with world powers. ...

Moldova signs new energy deal that could ease blackout risk

Dec. 03, 2022 14:02 PM EST

CHISINAU, Moldova (AP) — Moldova has struck a deal to renew severed electricity supplies from its breakaway, Moscow-backed region of Transnistria to lower the risk of more massive blackouts amid an acute winter energy crisis, a senior Moldovan official said Saturday. Deputy Prime...

Nevada toad in geothermal power fight gets endangered status

Dec. 02, 2022 22:50 PM EST

RENO, Nev. (AP) — A tiny Nevada toad at the center of a legal battle over a geothermal power project has officially been declared an endangered species, after U.S. wildlife officials temporarily listed it on a rarely used emergency basis last spring. “This ruling makes final the...

Utility recommends natural gas plant despite objections

Dec. 02, 2022 17:34 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The nation's largest public utility on Friday recommended replacing an aging coal burning power plant with natural gas, ignoring calls for the Tennessee Valley Authority to speed its transition to renewable energy. TVA announced the completion of its...

Panel picks finalists for New Mexico regulatory commission

Dec. 02, 2022 16:18 PM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico’s governor will have nine candidates to choose from as she fills a powerful regulatory commission that oversees utility rates and will help chart the state’s course toward more renewable energy development. A nominating committee voted...

Coal-fired plant imploded in New Jersey for battery array

Dec. 02, 2022 12:52 PM EST

LOGAN TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) — A former coal-fired power plant in New Jersey was imploded Friday, and its owners announced plans for a new $1 billion venture on the site, where batteries will be deployed to store power from clean energy sources including wind and solar. The move came...

Talks with breakaway region fail to ease Moldova energy woes

Dec. 02, 2022 11:40 AM EST

CHISINAU, Moldova (AP) — An electricity plant in a Moscow-backed breakaway region of Moldova will not resume supplying energy to the rest of the country after a meeting between Moldovan officials and representatives of the Transnistria region failed to produce an agreement Friday, authorities...

Indian coal magnate Gautam Adani steps up green investments

Dec. 02, 2022 11:32 AM EST

NEW DELHI (AP) — Asia’s richest man, Gautam Adani, made his vast fortune betting on coal as an energy hungry India grew swiftly after liberalizing its economy in the 1990s. He's now set his sights on becoming the world's biggest renewable energy player, by 2030, by promising to...

Ukrainian engineers scramble to keep mobile phones working

Dec. 02, 2022 02:12 AM EST

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — With Ukraine scrambling to keep communication lines open during the war, an army of engineers from the country’s phone companies has mobilized to help the public and policymakers stay in touch during repeated Russian missile and drone strikes. The engineers,...