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Proposed geothermal plant draws fire in Nevada desert town

Oct. 31, 2020 11:04 AM EDT

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Renewable energy power plants have their place — but not in Gerlach, say many residents of the town about 100 miles (161 kilometers) north of Reno. The community of about 100 is fired up about a geothermal project proposed by Reno-based Ormat Technologies Inc., which would sit less...

Hydropower corridor opponents launch new referendum drive

Oct. 30, 2020 4:47 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A new referendum drive aimed at stopping a 145-mile (233-kilometer) hydropower transmission corridor in western Maine is underway. The Maine secretary of state on Friday provided the paperwork necessary for signature collection to begin, and referendum supporters plan to be at...

Arizona officials rule utilities must be carbon-free by 2050

Oct. 30, 2020 3:01 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona utility regulators approved a plan for utilities to receive all their energy from carbon-free sources by 2050. The plan approved Thursday in a split vote by the Arizona Corporation Commissioners calls for electric utilities to receive half their power from renewable energies such as...

A statue of a coal miner stands in front of the Boone County Courthouse in Madison, W.Va., on Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2020. Four years after Donald Trump donned a miner’s helmet at a West Virginia campaign rally and vowed to save a dying industry, coal has not come roaring back. The fuel has been outmatched against cheaper, cleaner natural gas and renewable energy. But many West Virginians applaud Trump's efforts and remain loyal as he seeks a second term. (AP Photo/Chris Jackson)

West Virginia voters laud Trump for trying to save coal

Oct. 30, 2020 2:00 AM EDT

DANVILLE, W.Va. (AP) — As a laid off coal mine electrician, Nolan Triplett doesn't think his industry will ever return to the heady days when it powered America and offered generations of Appalachians a chance at a middle class life. But he still backs the president who said he'd reopen the mines and put...

Refinery plans to produce fuel from paper, lumber mill waste

Oct. 29, 2020 6:51 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A Maine research company has announced a partnership with a New Hampshire wholesale energy supplier to produce and market a patented zero-emission biofuel. Biofine Developments Northeast Inc. of Bangor says that it plans to finalize the site for a biorefinery this month and begin...

Alliant Energy to close Iowa coal-fired plant by end of 2022

Oct. 29, 2020 12:24 PM EDT

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — Wisconsin-based Alliant Energy announced Thursday it will close its coal-fired power plant in the northeast Iowa city of Lansing over the next two years. The plan is part of the company's broader goal to eliminate all coal from it's portfolio by 2040 in a shift to solar, wind and...

Lawsuit seeks environmental review of Maine energy project

Oct. 28, 2020 3:27 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The Natural Resources Council of Maine, Appalachian Mountain Club and Sierra Club Maine are suing to try to require a more rigorous environmental review of a 145-mile energy transmission line that would run through western Maine. The lawsuit, filed Tuesday, contends the Army Corps...

Alaska village turns to biomass heating for cheaper energy

Oct. 28, 2020 10:03 AM EDT

SITKA, Alaska (AP) — An Alaska island village plans to use an advanced version of an ancient renewable energy system to lower its high energy costs. The village of Kake wants to build a biomass district heating system to warm its public buildings while saving the community nearly $100,000 annually in...

The Blue Ridge Fire burns along the 71 state highway Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020, in Chino Hills, Calif. Crews tried to beat back two out-of-control wildfires in Southern California on Tuesday that have kept tens of thousands of people out of their homes even as another round of dangerous fire weather raises the risk for flames erupting across the state. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

Utility: Winds too weak to cut power before California fire

Oct. 28, 2020 12:49 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Facing extreme wildfire conditions this week that included hurricane-level winds, the main utility in Northern California cut power to nearly 1 million people while its counterpart in Southern California pulled the plug on just 30 customers to prevent power lines and other electrical...

Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga delivers a policy speech during an extraordinary Diet session at the upper house of parliament in Tokyo, Monday, Oct. 26, 2020. Suga has declared Japan will achieve zero carbon emissions by 2050 in his first policy speech after taking over from Shinzo Abe. The policy speech Monday at the outset of the parliamentary session set an ambitious agenda reflecting Suga's pragmatic approach to getting things done. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)

Post-Abe agenda: Suga says Japan to go carbon-free by 2050

Oct. 26, 2020 10:14 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japan will achieve zero carbon emissions by 2050, Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga declared Monday, outlining an ambitious agenda as the country struggles to balance economic and pandemic concerns. The policy speech at the outset of the parliamentary session was Suga’s first since he took...