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Montana coal-fired power plant starts partial demolition

Aug. 5, 2020 3:59 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Montana's largest coal-fired power plant has begun demolishing equipment as part of a partial closure. The Colstrip Power Plant started dismantling its Unit 1 and 2 cooling towers in July, The Billings Gazette reported Wednesday. Units 1 and 2 of the facility built in the 1970s were...

FILE - This April 26, 2020, file photo shows empty lanes of the 110 Arroyo Seco Parkway that leads to downtown Los Angeles during the coronavirus outbreak in Los Angeles, Calif. A record drop in U.S. energy consumption this spring was driven by less demand for coal that's burned for electricity and oil that's refined into gasoline and jet fuel. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File)

US energy use hit 30-year low during pandemic shutdowns

Jul. 29, 2020 5:21 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — U.S. energy consumption plummeted to its lowest level in more than 30 years this spring as the nation’s economy largely shut down because of the coronavirus, federal officials reported Wednesday. The drop was driven by less demand for coal that is burned for electricity and...

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...

EPA eyes cleanup of coal ash threatening Indiana Dunes

Jul. 25, 2020 10:09 AM EDT

CHESTERTON, Ind. (AP) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is seeking the public’s feedback on a proposed cleanup of coal ash buried along Lake Michigan that the agency believes is threatening wildlife at the Indiana Dunes National Park. The EPA has drafted a cleanup plan for the eastern part...

Shutdown approaches for New Mexico coal-fired power plant

Jul. 23, 2020 12:03 AM EDT

PREWITT, N.M. (AP) — A coal-fired power plant in western New Mexico will be shutting down by the end of the year, and local officials are bracing for the economic consequences of the closure. Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association announced the shuttering of the Escalante Generating Station...

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,...

Plastic-bottled soft drinks are displayed in fridges at a store in Yokohama, near Tokyo, June 17, 2019. A U.N.-backed report claims making air conditioners and fridges more energy efficient and using more climate-friendly refrigerants can significantly slow global warming. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)

Cool plan: Study says better aircon can slow global warming

Jul. 17, 2020 10:10 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Making air conditioners and fridges more energy efficient and using more climate-friendly refrigerants can significantly slow global warming, according to a U.N.-backed report released Friday. The report published by the U.N. Environment Program and the International Energy Agency claims...

Colorado power plant owners announce generating unit closure

Jul. 9, 2020 6:36 PM EDT

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (AP) — Owners of a coal-fired power plant in Colorado have announced one of three generating units scheduled to close will stop operations in September 2028. PacifiCorp, Platte River Power Authority, Salt River Project, Tri-State and Xcel Energy-Colorado own two of the three...

Wyoming governor: 10% cuts submitted, 10% more to follow

Jul. 9, 2020 12:53 PM EDT

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming state agencies have submitted plans for 10% budget cuts that could eliminate services for children and the elderly and slash funding for mental health programs, Gov. Mark Gordon said. Another 10% cut across state agencies and layoffs will follow as Wyoming faces a steep...