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Alice Strunck visits the site of natural springs that feed the Devils River on her family's Hudspeth River Ranch in Val Verde County north of Comstock, Texas, Tuesday, June 16, 2020. Her family has owned the ranch since 1905 and encompasses part of the Devils River and several springs that feed it. (Jerry Lara/The San Antonio Express-News via AP)

Wind farms threaten West Texas river and Air Force routes

Aug. 2, 2020 1:01 AM EDT

COMSTOCK, Texas (AP) — Exactly how the Devils River got its forbidding name is lost to history, but there is little doubt the harsh terrain and fierce natives who once reigned here played a role. “It is far from any habitation, in a barren waste surrounded by hostile Comanches, but it is a beautiful...

FILE - This Nov. 9, 2009, file photo, shows the coal-fired San Juan Generating Station near Farmington, N.M. Solar panels with the capacity to produce hundreds of megawatts of electricity and back-up battery storage systems would be installed in northwestern New Mexico to replace the coal-fired generating station under one alternative that will be considered by state regulators. Hearing examiners with the state Public Regulation Commission issued the recommendations Wednesday, June 24, 2020. (AP Photo/Susan Montoya Bryan, File)

Regulators tap solar to replace New Mexico coal-fired plant

Jul. 29, 2020 3:56 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Solar-generated electricity and battery storage facilities will be installed in northwestern New Mexico to replace a major coal-fired power plant, according to terms of a decision Wednesday from state utility regulators. The five-member Public Regulation Commission unanimously...

Editorial Roundup: Ohio

Jul. 28, 2020 7:08 PM EDT

Recent editorials of statewide and national interest from Ohio newspapers: Fixing corrupt energy bill would help Ohio’s environment Akron Beacon Journal July 25 Ohioans have good reason to feel outraged. On Tuesday, federal officials revealed a mammoth pay-to-play scheme at the Statehouse, with Larry...

Editorial Roundup: Florida

Jul. 22, 2020 3:05 PM EDT

Recent editorials from Florida newspapers: ___ July 22 The Miami Herald on unemployment benefits for Americans amid the coronavirus pandemic: Gov. DeSantis says that he hasn’t been following the debate in Washington over whether to extend federal unemployment benefits to jobless Americans. That’s...

Wyoming regulators to discuss PacifiCorp coal retirement

Jul. 22, 2020 1:35 PM EDT

LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming regulators plan to discuss in September an electric utility’s plan to close several coal-fired power plants in the West in the years ahead following an investigation into the proposal. Portland, Oregon-based PacifiCorp also proposes to develop significant solar energy,...

Minnesota's community solar maintains growth amid challenges

Jul. 19, 2020 1:01 AM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota’s community solar garden initiative continues to be the largest in the country even after dodging relentless utility opposition, a crippling pandemic and market forces that could have slowed growth. Operated by Xcel Energy after being enacted by the Legislature seven...

Democratic presidential candidate, former Vice President Joe Biden speaks during a campaign event, Tuesday, July 14, 2020, in Wilmington, Del. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Biden's $2 trillion climate plan aims to reframe debate

Jul. 14, 2020 8:52 PM EDT

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — Joe Biden released a $2 trillion plan on Tuesday to boost investment in clean energy and stop all climate-damaging emissions from U.S. power plants by 2035, arguing that dramatic action is needed to tackle climate change and revive the economy. In remarks near his home in...

New Mexico utility unveils solar array to power Facebook

Jul. 8, 2020 12:01 AM EDT

RIO RANCHO, N.M. (AP) — The largest electric provider in New Mexico has unveiled its latest solar array, a 50-megawatt facility that was built to power Facebook's Los Lunas Data Center with renewable energy. A virtual ribbon cutting ceremony was held Tuesday for the Encino Solar Field, located in Sandoval...

COVID-19 causes dismal quarter for Wyoming coal industry

Jul. 7, 2020 2:43 PM EDT

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming coal production has fallen dramatically as the coronavirus exacerbates a long-term trend of diminishing demand for the fossil fuel to generate electricity. Wyoming's 16 coal mines produced 34% less coal in April, May and June compared with the same period in 2019, according to...

FILE - In this Dec. 30, 2011 file photo, Cao GuangJing, left, CEO of China Three Gorges Corporation, embraces Antonio Mexia, CEO of Energia de Portugal (EDP) after signing a deal at the Portuguese Finance Ministry in Lisbon. The Lisbon stock exchange on Monday july 6, 2020, suspended trading in Portugal's national energy provider EDP and its international renewable energy division after media reports said a magistrate has suspended the CEOs of both companies amid a major corruption investigation. EDP is one of Portugal's biggest companies, with significant interests in the U.S. renewable energy market. Its biggest shareholder is China Three Gorges. (AP Photo/ Francisco Seco)

Portuguese energy firms replace CEOs amid corruption probe

Jul. 7, 2020 7:06 AM EDT

LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Shares in Portugal’s blue-chip national energy provider EDP and its international renewable energy division rose Tuesday after the companies replaced their CEOs amid a corruption investigation. An investigating magistrate on Monday ruled that Energias de Portugal CEO Antonio...