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Indiana utility begins delayed construction of solar farm

Aug. 10, 2020 2:00 PM EDT

GRANGER, Ind. (AP) — An Indiana utility company has begun construction on what will become its largest solar facility. Indiana & Michigan Power had said work would begin this past spring with operations starting in the fall following the state's approval of the project in March. But the company...

Maine solar development attracts $100M investment

Aug. 5, 2020 6:50 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A Dublin-based solar-electric development company has partnered with a Maine firm to develop large-scale projects in eight communities. BNRG Renewables and Dirigo Solar LLC in Portland are in the first phase of a plan that could bring 350 megawatts of generating capacity, or enough...

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...

Local landowner, energy firm propose 700-acre solar project

Jul. 2, 2020 5:20 PM EDT

WATERVILLE, Maine (AP) — Local landowners are proposing a 700-acre solar energy project in Benton, Clinton and Unity Township in partnership with a renewable energy company. Bessey Development Company, which owns the land, and Longroad Energy, based in Boston, want to invest $190 million in the project...

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif., speaks at a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Friday, June 26, 2020. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Dem climate plan would end greenhouse gas emissions by 2050

Jun. 30, 2020 5:56 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Democrats on Tuesday unveiled a plan to address climate change that would set a goal of net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, while pushing renewable energy such as wind and solar power and addressing environmental contamination that disproportionately harms low-income and...