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In this Jan. 21, 2020, photo, state Sen. Scott Wiener, D-San Francisco, speaks at a news conference in Sacramento, Calif. Wiener has authored a bill that would require investor-owned utilities to reimburse customers and local governments for some costs associated with the blackouts. The bill will go before the Senate Appropriations Committee, Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

California bill would make utilities pay some blackout costs

Jan. 23, 2020 2:15 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Californians left in the dark by electric companies that shut off their power to prevent wildfires could get paid for things such as lost wages or spoiled food under a bill being considered in the Legislature. In the state plagued by catastrophic blazes started by strong winds...

FILE - In this Jan. 6, 2020, file photo wind turbines stand on a hill and are surrounded by fog and clouds in the Taunus region near Frankfurt, Germany. Environmentally conscious investing received a lot of attention last week after the world’s largest asset manager said it plans to put climate change and sustainability at the center of its investment approach. (AP Photo/Michael Probst, File)

Why that green fund you bought might include a coal miner

Jan. 23, 2020 2:06 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Environmentally conscious investing received a lot of attention last week after the world’s largest asset manager said it plans to put climate change and sustainability at the center of its investment approach. The decision by BlackRock Inc. should create more investment...

Work begins to protect Bay Head rail yard from storms

Jan. 23, 2020 12:27 PM EST

BAY HEAD, N.J. (AP) — A post-Superstorm Sandy project to protect a Jersey shore rail yard from future storms is under way. NJ Transit says construction has begun on a project to harden its rail yard in Bay head at the end of the North Jersey Coast line. The facility was flooded by storm surge from the...

UofL researcher wins national grant for green energy

Jan. 23, 2020 4:33 AM EST

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A researcher at the University of Louisville is receiving a $500,000 grant from the National Science Foundation for renewable energy research. Joshua Spurgeon does his research in the Conn Center for Renewable Energy Research in the J.B. Speed School of Engineering. He focuses on the...

FILE - In this Jan. 10, 2020, file photo, California Gov. Gavin Newsom speaks at a news conference in Sacramento, Calif. Newsom is urging a federal judge to reject Pacific Gas and Electric's blueprint for getting out of bankruptcy and renewing his threat to lead a bid to turn the beleaguered utility into a government-run operation. PG&E is trying to dig out of a financial hole created by more than $50 billion in claims stemming from a series of catastrophic wildfires that have been blamed on the San Francisco company. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)

California governor aims to block PG&E's bankruptcy plan

Jan. 22, 2020 7:45 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom is urging a federal judge to reject Pacific Gas and Electric's blueprint for getting out of bankruptcy and renewing his threat to lead a bid to turn the beleaguered utility into a government-run operation. In a court filing Wednesday, Newsom's lawyers gave...

Vanderbilt University reaches deal on renewable energy push

Jan. 22, 2020 6:53 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Vanderbilt University announced a renewable energy deal Wednesday aimed at offsetting a portion of the school's greenhouse gas emissions. The Tennessee Valley Authority, Nashville Electric Service and Silicon Ranch are partnering with Vanderbilt on a 20-year agreement to reduce the...

Arizona Public Service chairman and CEO Jeff Guldner poses for a portrait Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020, in Phoenix. Arizona's largest electric utility announced that it plans to switch to 100% carbon-neutral power generation by 2050, with a goal in 10 years of hitting the 65% mark. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

Arizona's biggest utility vows all clean power by 2050

Jan. 22, 2020 6:33 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona's largest electric utility said Wednesday that it plans to switch to 100% carbon-neutral power generation by 2050, a sharp turnaround from a company that spent tens of millions of dollars two years ago to fight a ballot measure requiring it to use renewable sources. The move by...

Bill advances to pause Indiana coal power plant closings

Jan. 22, 2020 6:22 PM EST

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A proposal aimed at making it more difficult for Indiana electric companies to close additional coal-fired power plants faces objections from consumer and environmental groups who argue it could stifle growth in renewable energy such as wind and solar power. The Indiana House utilities...

Group ends effort to block bailout for Ohio nuclear plants

Jan. 22, 2020 3:53 PM EST

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Opponents of Ohio's roughly $1 billion financial rescue of the state's two nuclear power plants will end their attempt to overturn the bailout. The group called Ohioans Against Corporate Bailouts filed a motion Tuesday in federal court to dismiss its appeal that was seeking more time...

Utility mulls moving cemeteries at plant to store coal ash

Jan. 22, 2020 4:28 AM EST

GALLATIN, Tenn. (AP) — A federal utility is considering relocating cemeteries within a Tennessee power plant's property lines to expand coal ash storage. The Tennessee Valley Authority says it is currently seeking the public's input and assistance to identify families associated with the cemeteries on the...