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University of Iowa team wins $115M 'space weather' grant

Jun. 24, 2019 8:15 AM EDT

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — A University of Iowa team has won a $115 million grant to develop satellites for studying a system of radiation created by the sun — "space weather." The NASA grant will underwrite development of satellites expected to be launched within the next three years with more...

Arizona fire highlights challenges for energy storage

Jun. 23, 2019 12:14 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona's largest electric company installed massive batteries near neighborhoods with a large number of solar panels, hoping to capture some of the energy from the afternoon sun to use after dark. Arizona Public Service has been an early adopter of battery storage technology seen as...

New Jersey picks Danish firm Orsted for wind energy project

Jun. 21, 2019 7:34 PM EDT

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey has chosen a Danish company to build a wind energy project off the coast of Atlantic City that could power half a million homes. The state Board of Public Utilities on Friday chose Orsted to build a project that would generate 1,100 megawatts of electricity. The...

California governor proposes safety steps for utilities

Jun. 21, 2019 7:20 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom is willing to throw a financial lifeline to the state's major utilities dealing with the results of disastrous wildfires -- but only if they agree to concessions including tying executive compensation to safety performance. A proposal unveiled Friday...

The Latest: California lawmakers reviewing utility plan

Jun. 21, 2019 3:58 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on a plan by the California governor to create a fund for utilities to tap if they face massive liability costs from wildfires. (all times local): 12:15 p.m. California legislative leaders aren't yet on board with Gov. Gavin Newsom's plan to create a fund that utilities...

Champion boxer balances training with day job at gas company

Jun. 20, 2019 4:51 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Andrew Cancio gets up around 4 a.m. every weekday and goes for a pre-dawn run near his home in Oxnard. He drives 30 minutes to Simi Valley, changes into his uniform and starts his shift as a technician for the Southern California Gas Company at 6:30 a.m. Cancio finishes work at 3 p.m.,...

'Avian incident' causes fire at California solar farm

Jun. 20, 2019 2:31 PM EDT

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. (AP) — An energy company says a so-called "avian incident" is responsible for a fire that cut 84% of the overall generating capacity at one of the largest solar farms in California. A regulatory filing Wednesday by Clearway Energy says the blaze caused up to $9 million worth of...

Climate of guilt: Flying no longer the high road for some

Jun. 20, 2019 11:19 AM EDT

NYKOPING, Sweden (AP) — School's out for summer and Swedish lawyer Pia Bjorstrand, her husband and their two sons are shouldering backpacks, ready to board the first of many trains on a whistle-stop vacation around northern Europe. The family is part of a small but growing movement in Europe and North...

The Latest: EPA chief eases rules on coal-fired power plants

Jun. 19, 2019 10:55 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on an environmental rule covering coal-fired power plants (all times local): 6:10 p.m. The Trump administration has ordered a sweeping about-face on Obama-era efforts to fight climate change, easing restrictions on coal-fired power plants. Environmental Protection Agency chief...

Trust in single power line played role in Argentine outage

Jun. 19, 2019 10:23 PM EDT

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Overconfidence in the capacity of a single transmission line may have played a role in a massive power outage that left Argentina and parts of Uruguay and Paraguay in the dark three days ago, experts said Wednesday. Argentina's government said the origin of the blackout was...