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Japan PM says Fukushima wastewater release can't be delayed

Oct. 17, 2021 10:27 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japan's new prime minister on Sunday said the planned mass disposal of wastewater stored at the tsunami-wrecked Fukushima nuclear plant cannot be delayed, despite concerns from local residents. Speaking at his first visit to the facility since taking...

Wyoming's Sissy Goodwin remembered with museum exhibit

Oct. 17, 2021 10:12 AM EDT

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — Vickie Goodwin was supposed to meet her husband at the Smithsonian Museum, and he was very, very late. The Wyoming natives were visiting D.C. for her job, and while she attended a meeting, Sissy had gone off to sightsee. Now he was nowhere to be...

Hanover unveils state's largest municipal solar array

Oct. 16, 2021 14:51 PM EDT

HANOVER, N.H. (AP) — New solar arrays in Hanover are expected to generate enough electricity to meet nearly 100% of the town's municipal electricity needs through group metering. The town unveiled two adjacent ground-mounted arrays consisting of more than 4,000 panels...

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...

Montana and Wyoming see increase in coal production

Oct. 16, 2021 12:01 PM EDT

BILLING, Mont. (AP) — Coal production has increased in Montana and Wyoming due to demand in the Asia Pacific region. The U.S. Energy Information Administration said coal production increased 2% in Montana and 7% in Wyoming this year compared to the first nine months of...

Thousands march in Puerto Rico, outraged over power outages

Oct. 15, 2021 20:59 PM EDT

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — More than 4,000 people outraged over ongoing power outages in the U.S. territory of Puerto Rico marched Friday to decry how the lack of electricity has affected their health, work and children’s schooling. Many of them demanded the ouster...

El Salvador explores bitcoin mining powered by volcanoes

Oct. 15, 2021 17:48 PM EDT

BERLIN, El Salvador (AP) — At a geothermal power plant near El Salvador’s Tecapa volcano, 300 computers whir inside a trailer as they make complex mathematical calculations day and night verifying transactions for the cryptocurrency bitcoin. The pilot project has...

Court: Ohio regulators erred in OK'ing FirstEnergy affiliate

Oct. 15, 2021 17:21 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio Supreme Court has ruled that the state's utility regulators should not have approved an Akron-based FirstEnergy affiliate to help consumers shop for electricity. The Cincinnati Enquirer reports that the high court's...

Work starting on 13,000-acre solar farm in northern Indiana

Oct. 15, 2021 11:17 AM EDT

KNOX, Ind. (AP) — An Israeli company has started work to build a solar energy farm that’s planned to cover some 13,000 acres (5,261 hectares) across two northern Indiana counties when completed. Executives of Doral Renewables took part in a groundbreaking ceremony...

Bulgaria hands EU its recovery plan, seeks extension on coal

Oct. 15, 2021 09:39 AM EDT

SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — Bulgaria’s caretaker prime minister said Friday that his country has set the future decarbonization of the economy as a priority in its pandemic recovery plan submitted formally for consideration to the European Commission. But Prime Minister...