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Biden revives 'clean energy' program with $1B loan guarantee

Jan. 24, 2022 16:37 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration has issued its first clean energy loan guarantee, reviving an Obama-era program that helped launch the country’s first utility-scale wind and solar farms a decade ago but has largely gone dormant in recent years. The Energy Department...

Planned natural gas plants would cost $900M, run 10% of time

Jan. 22, 2022 12:13 PM EST

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A southern Indiana utility wants to build two new natural gas plants, and a pipeline to get the fuel to them, outside Evansville. CenterPoint Energy, formerly known as Vectren, said this project will help the utility with its transition to renewable energy. It...

Cold North Dakota ideal for hot cryptocurrency data centers

Jan. 22, 2022 01:13 AM EST

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota’s bitterly cold winters make for the ideal setting desired by a new industry eyeing the state: cryptocurrency. Interest has picked up over the past year in locating data centers within North Dakota. Such facilities consist of computer servers...

Renewables helping some rural cooperatives with bottom line

Jan. 22, 2022 01:12 AM EST

BRAINERD, Minn. (AP) — In a field in Ramsey north of the Twin Cities, a solar array is producing power from the sun. What’s unusual about this array are the large white boxes connected to it that are the size of shipping containers. They’re batteries that store energy when the...

Nevada geothermal power lawsuit bound for US appeals court

Jan. 21, 2022 18:12 PM EST

RENO, Nev. (AP) — A federal appeals court will have to decide whether protecting historical tribal lands and a rare toad warrant blocking a major geothermal plant in Nevada as the nation tries to move away from fossil fuels amid a looming climate crisis. Ormat Technologies says it...

Biden enlists mayors as allies on infrastructure and economy

Jan. 21, 2022 15:20 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Facing a bleak national picture, President Joe Biden on Friday embraced the old adage about politics being local — highlighting his plans from the $1 trillion infrastructure deal for the United States Conference of Mayors. He credited the work of 360 mayors in...

Los Angeles weighs phasing out oil and gas drilling

Jan. 21, 2022 13:57 PM EST

The University Park neighborhood of Los Angeles has a lot in common with urban areas across the U.S.: A dense population with lots of businesses and housing. A cluster of car dealerships. A row of restaurants. Schools and a community center. But nestled in the predominantly Latino...

Energy entities eye clean-energy strategy for western states

Jan. 20, 2022 19:43 PM EST

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Two electric utilities and a federal energy agency with millions of customers in eight western states have reached a tentative agreement centered on a new energy transmission line connecting their power grids. Idaho Power, PacifiCorp and the Bonneville Power...

Michigan governor releases plan draft for carbon neutrality

Jan. 20, 2022 12:48 PM EST

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan will build clean energy infrastructure and invest in green programs over the next 30 years with the goal of becoming carbon neutral by 2050 to confront climate change, a draft of a state plan says. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer committed Michigan to the 2050...

Colorado coal town grapples with future as plant shuts down

Jan. 19, 2022 18:47 PM EST

CRAIG, Colorado (AP) — In a quiet valley tucked away from Colorado’s bustling ski resorts, far from his hometown in northern Mexico, Trinidad Loya found a way to support his family’s American dream: Coal. He, his son and grandson — all named Trinidad Loya — worked for the...