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Tree-cutting resumes after hiatus to protect endangered bats

Aug. 01, 2021 20:57 PM EDT

THE FORKS, Maine (AP) — Tree-cutting is resuming on a $1 billion electric transmission project in western Maine after a two-month hiatus over a federally protected bat. The New England Clean Energy Connect was able to resume construction beginning as early as Sunday on...

Kim's sister warns S. Korea-US drills will rekindle tensions

Aug. 01, 2021 09:58 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The powerful sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un warned Sunday that next month’s annual military drills between South Korean and U.S. troops will undermine prospects for better ties between the Koreas, just days after the rivals reopened their long-dormant...

Indiana's strategic position boosts its wind power industry

Jul. 31, 2021 00:11 AM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — With gusts from Lake Michigan and a strategic position between two electric grids, Indiana is one of the best states in the country for building wind turbines, experts say. And as a result, the industry is growing in the Hoosier state. Between 2018...

Work continues to keep Kauai seabirds off power lines

Jul. 26, 2021 16:05 PM EDT

LIHUE, Hawaii (AP) — Kauai utility officials are installing glow-in-the-dark devices to prevent endangered nocturnal seabirds from crashing into power lines. The diverters help Newell’s shearwater, Hawaiian petrel and band-rumped storm petrel avoid power lines after...

Owner seeks to restore Nellie Jackson house

Jul. 25, 2021 00:12 AM EDT

NATCHEZ, Miss. (AP) — A sign recently appeared in front of the infamous Nellie Jackson’s house — a former bordello on the corner of N. Rankin and Monroe streets — alluding to its eventual restoration and opening as a tourist attraction. J.T. Robinson, the house...

Crane collapse causes power outage as temps reach mid-90s

Jul. 23, 2021 15:27 PM EDT

BLAINE, Minn. (AP) — A crane fell over at a construction site in the Minneapolis suburb of Lexington on Friday, causing a power outage for nearly 900 customers in the area as temperatures climbed into the mid-90s. There were no injuries reported. A dispatch supervisor...

Proposal to lay cables under Columbia met with skepticism

Jul. 23, 2021 13:41 PM EDT

Can slicing a 100-mile trench into the bed of the Columbia River be good for the environment? The answer is a big yes, says a team of energy developers that proposes submerging power cables in the riverbed. The developers say the cables could deliver “clean” energy...

Murphy signs bill ending local control of wind power lines

Jul. 22, 2021 17:57 PM EDT

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey’s governor has signed a measure that would remove most local control from where and how offshore wind energy projects come ashore. Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy announced the move in a prepared statement sent out Thursday night. ...

Judge hears fight over lithium mine on Nevada-Oregon line

Jul. 21, 2021 21:08 PM EDT

RENO, Nev. (AP) — A judge considering legal challenges to government approval of a Nevada mine at the largest known U.S. deposit of lithium said Wednesday she’ll decide by the end of the month whether to grant the conservationists’ bid for a temporary ban on any digging at the site...

Murphy signs clean energy bills for electric cars and solar

Jul. 09, 2021 15:43 PM EDT

SEASIDE HEIGHTS, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey's governor signed a package of bills Friday aimed at moving the state closer to its goal of generating 100% of its power from clean sources by 2050. The measures make it easier to develop some solar energy projects, and to locate...