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Solar cookout aims to woo traditional chefs, cut carbon

Aug. 7, 2018 1:19 AM EDT

DEZHOU, China (AP) — The savory aromas of roasting hot dogs and chicken kebabs wafted out of metal and glass vacuum tubes heated by mirrors curved to capture the sun's heat. Two dozen chefs with white aprons and hats prepared soups, baked "baozi" pork buns, and boiled rice porridge at a festival designed...

Heat wave: Portugal tames wildfire; French cities ban cars

Aug. 6, 2018 11:52 AM EDT

LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Firefighters in Portugal were close to bringing a major, four-day wildfire near a popular tourist area under control Monday as sweltering weather gripped much of Europe. The Portuguese Civil Protection Agency said firefighters had contained 95 percent of the blaze in rolling hills...

Alliance Energy plans to eliminate coal for energy by 2050

Aug. 3, 2018 4:54 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A Madison-based utility says it plans to stop burning coal to generate electricity by 2050 and will reduce carbon emissions 80 percent by then. Alliance Energy says it plans to double the use of renewable energy sources by 2030, from the current 16 percent to 33 percent of its energy...

2020 talk includes Washington governor, a key Trump foe

Aug. 1, 2018 3:44 PM EDT

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, a two-term Democratic governor and former congressman, is best known outside the state for his focus on climate issues and renewable energy, but lately he's getting notice for a different role: adversary to President Donald Trump. In a televised moment...

Plan for $4.5B wind farm scrapped after regulator's denial

Jul. 27, 2018 6:27 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A utility said Friday it is dropping plans for what would have been the largest wind farm in the country, a day after regulators in Texas rejected the $4.5 billion project. American Electric Power said it was cancelling plans for the 2,000-megawatt Wind Catcher wind farm, which...

Tesla, others help Puerto Ricans go solar amid power turmoil

Jul. 26, 2018 12:08 AM EDT

ADJUNTAS, Puerto Rico (AP) — Ten months after Hurricane Maria, Adjuntas still loses power any time a heavy rain or wind pounds the rickety power lines feeding this town high in the central mountains of Puerto Rico. That leaves its 20,000 people once again in the dark, without light, fresh water or air...

EPA chief: US needs a single standard for fuel efficiency

Jul. 24, 2018 7:38 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The acting head of the Environmental Protection Agency said Tuesday that the United States needs a single standard for fuel efficiency for cars and trucks, signaling a possible showdown with California and other states that could throw the car market into turmoil. Andrew Wheeler spoke to...

Facebook goes solar to power Oregon data centers

Jul. 18, 2018 3:48 PM EDT

PRINEVILLE, Ore. (AP) — Facebook and Pacific Power said Wednesday they are teaming up to construct solar projects that will produce enough power to offset what the social media giant consumes at its data centers in Prineville, Oregon. The solar projects — two near Prineville and four in Utah...

Missouri court gives jolt of life to long Midwest power line

Jul. 17, 2018 5:03 PM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A proposal for a high-voltage power line carrying wind energy across the Midwest received a jolt of new life Tuesday as the Missouri Supreme Court ruled that state regulators had wrongly rejected it. The ruling is a major victory in the quest by Clean Line Energy Partners to...

UN envoy: 1.1 billion people face risks from lack of cooling

Jul. 16, 2018 7:31 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — New data from 52 countries in hot climates reveals that over 1.1 billion people face "significant risks" from lack of access to cooling including death, a U.N. envoy said Monday. Rachel Kyte told a press conference that "millions of people die every year from lack of cooling access,...