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UND rock library looks to preserve core of energy industry

May. 15, 2021 01:08 AM EDT

GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) — A few hours’ drive from the Bakken oil fields lies a treasure trove for geologists: rock from nearly every oil well ever drilled in North Dakota, under one roof. The rock is tucked neatly into cardboard boxes stacked on numerous warehouse...

Nevada Democrats unveil renewable energy infrastructure bill

May. 13, 2021 20:44 PM EDT

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Nevada lawmakers are considering a massive energy infrastructure proposal that would encourage the construction of renewable energy transmission lines and electric vehicle charging stations and hasten the state's transition away from fossil fuels. ...

Kerry: US weighs sanctions on China solar over forced labor

May. 12, 2021 15:58 PM EDT

The Biden administration is considering sanctions over China’s alleged use of forced labor in production of solar panels and other components in renewable energy, climate envoy John Kerry told lawmakers Wednesday. Kerry’s comments at the House Foreign Affairs...

Farm bill passing NC Senate includes new biogas permits

May. 11, 2021 22:10 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The annual farm bill pushed by Senate Republicans won the full chamber's approval Tuesday, including a provision that would likely make it easier upon North Carolina livestock operations to secure permits to convert liquid waste into natural gas. ...

Offshore wind project seen as key to clean energy gets OK

May. 11, 2021 14:45 PM EDT

An offshore wind project off Massachusetts that would create enough electricity to power 400,000 homes and is touted by backers as a key piece of America's transition to renewable energy was approved Tuesday by the federal government. The 800-megawatt Vineyard Wind...

Utility-backed natural gas booklets spark backlash at school

May. 10, 2021 17:34 PM EDT

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — The father of a Cambridge, Massachusetts, elementary school student said Monday he was shocked when he pulled two activity booklets from his son’s backpack that had been distributed at his school, including one titled: “Natural Gas: Your Invisible Friend.” ...

Grid congestion caps Minnesotan’s rooftop solar ambitions

May. 07, 2021 01:10 AM EDT

NORTHFIELD, Minn. (AP) — The explosive growth of community solar projects to meet demand from Twin Cities customers is curtailing clean energy options in a southern Minnesota college town. Northfield, about 40 miles south of Minneapolis, is home to Carleton and St. Olaf...

Xcel Energy offers solar option for New Mexico customers

May. 07, 2021 00:28 AM EDT

ROSWELL, N.M. (AP) — Xcel Energy says customers in New Mexico now have the option to purchase electricity generated from a solar power plant near Clovis that came online just weeks ago. A typical residential customer would pay about $10.80 a month more to participate...

Arizona utility regulators reject 100% clean energy rules

May. 06, 2021 20:34 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona's utility regulators have rejected new rules that would have required most of the state's electricity providers to get 100% of their power from clean energy sources by 2050 to limit carbon emissions and address climate change. The 3-2 vote by the...

US proposes ending rule that weakened wild bird protections

May. 06, 2021 17:41 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Longstanding protections for wild birds would be restored under a proposal unveiled Thursday to bring back prosecutions of avian deaths by industry that were ended under former President Donald Trump. The Interior Department announcement came as...