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Coal production in Montana saw 21% decline from last year

Sep. 21, 2020 3:04 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The Montana Coal Council has announced that coal production across the state fell during the coronavirus pandemic, wearing on an already declining market. Montana mines produced 15.1 million tons of coal in the first seven months of the year, 21% down compared to the same time last...

New Mexico utility, lab partner to make grid more resilient

Sep. 21, 2020 2:39 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico’s largest electric utility and one of the nation's premiere federal research laboratories will team up on a series of projects aimed at making the electric grid more resilient as the state prepares to add more renewable energy to the mix, officials said Monday. ...

Scientists work in Arizona to reshape desert food production

Sep. 20, 2020 11:30 AM EDT

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — In the cool shade of solar panels, a lush plot of herbs and vegetables hints at one possible future for farming in the desert. At the moment, that future includes more basil than researchers know what to do with. “We’ve been pulling out pounds of it every week,”...

President Donald Trump speaks during a news conference in the James Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House, Friday, Sept. 18, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Trump shifts on Puerto Rico, releases aid as election nears

Sep. 19, 2020 1:31 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump announced the release Friday of $13 billion in assistance to repair years-old hurricane damage in Puerto Rico and pledged to restore its economy, setting aside his past bitter treatment of the island and its leaders as he courts Puerto Rican voters in the U.S.,...

Algae bloom prompts warnings at Maryland reservoir

Sep. 18, 2020 5:23 PM EDT

LAUREL, Md. (AP) — A potentially harmful algae bloom has prompted warnings for people to exercise caution when kayaking or boating a reservoir in Montgomery and Howard counties in Maryland. The Washington Post reported Thursday that the body of water is the Triadelphia Reservoir. The reservoir provides...

President Donald Trump speaks during a news conference in the James Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House, Friday, Sept. 18, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Trump shifts on Puerto Rico, releases aid as election nears

Sep. 18, 2020 5:05 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump announced the release Friday of $13 billion in assistance to repair years-old hurricane damage in Puerto Rico and pledged to restore its economy, setting aside his past bitter treatment of the island and its leaders as he courts Puerto Rican voters in the U.S.,...

Editorial Roundup: New England

Sep. 18, 2020 4:15 PM EDT

Recent editorials of regional and national interest from New England’s newspapers: CONNECTICUT Lawmakers must think big on utilities New Haven Register Sept. 17 A month later, with tempers having cooled, it would be easy to assume that everything is back to normal with Connecticut’s electric...

Charges dropped against couple after 3 children die in fire

Sep. 17, 2020 11:16 PM EDT

HAMMOND, Ind. (AP) — An Indiana couple will no longer face neglect charges in the deaths of their three children during a fire in an apartment which had no gas, electricity or water service. The Lake County prosecutor’s office dropped the charges against Andre and Michele Young, The (Northwest...

Nevada utility invokes wildfire plan to cut power near Tahoe

Sep. 17, 2020 11:48 AM EDT

INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. (AP) — The main electric utility in Nevada is invoking its wildfire prevention plan and says it will probably shut off power to a Lake Tahoe community on Friday ahead of strong winds and dry fire danger conditions. NV Energy announced Wednesday it is monitoring extreme fire weather in...

FILE -- In this Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2018 file photo clouds of smoke are pictured over Europe's largest lignite power plant in Belchatow, central Poland. Government stimulus programs to pull the world out of the coronavirus pandemic offer “a tremendous opportunity” to build a clean-energy economy, former California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger said Thursday, calling on governments not to “invest in the past.

UN chief: don't 'throw away' stimulus money on fossil fuels

Sep. 17, 2020 8:56 AM EDT

VIENNA (AP) — U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called Thursday on governments not to “throw away” economic stimulus funds by supporting fossil fuel industries that contribute to global warming. Speaking at a virtual conference on climate change, Guterres noted that countries have...