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Lawsuit seeks $103M from public utilities over wildfire

May. 14, 2021 19:36 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A lawsuit filed on behalf of 70 landowners in Oregon’s McKenzie River Valley seeks $103 million from Lane Electric Cooperative and Eugene Water and Electric Board for damages linked to one of the Labor Day fires that ravaged communities around the state. ...

Turkish firm shuts down power supply for crisis-hit Lebanon

May. 14, 2021 14:17 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — A Turkish company that provides electricity to Lebanon from two power barges shut down its operations on Friday over delayed payments and the threat of legal action against its vessels. The move is expected to increase outages in the crisis-hit Mediterranean country. ...

Inslee, Murray, Cantwell oppose Simpson plan to remove dams

May. 14, 2021 12:24 PM EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Washington state's top Democrats have come out against a proposal from U.S. Rep. Mike Simpson, R-Idaho, to remove four hydroelectric dams on the Snake River and replace their benefits as part of a huge infrastructure bill being crafted by the Biden administration. ...

Two killed in explosion at dam in northeastern Oklahoma

May. 14, 2021 10:08 AM EDT

LOCUST GROVE, Okla. (AP) — Two men were killed and a third person was injured in an explosion in a northeastern Oklahoma dam where they were doing maintenance work, officials said. Grand River Dam Authority spokesperson Justin Alberty said Kerr Dam, about 45 miles (72...

Power restored in Taiwan after rolling blackouts

May. 13, 2021 23:28 PM EDT

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Power has been restored to millions of people in Taiwan after an equipment failure at a power plant set off rolling blackouts across the island. After blackouts started around 3 p.m. Thursday, power was restored gradually starting at 8 p.m.,...

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. ...

New Jersey solar, gas power plans spotlight justice concerns

May. 13, 2021 18:37 PM EDT

Two energy projects highlighting the environmental justice movement in very different ways are under way in New Jersey. A gas-fired power backup power plant is proposed for a sewage treatment facility in an already-polluted minority community. And a solar farm has opened...

Washington state nuclear site to delay moving waste off-site

May. 13, 2021 17:00 PM EDT

RICHLAND, Wash. (AP) — The U.S. Department of Energy and its regulators have proposed extending the deadline to ship waste contaminated with plutonium off the decommissioned Hanford nuclear reservation in Washington state. The proposal moves the deadline back 20 years...

Court: Construction can proceed on hydropower corridor

May. 13, 2021 16:56 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Construction can proceed on a 53-mile (85-kilometer) stretch of utility corridor that’s a critical part of a $1 billion project to bring Canadian hydropower to the New England grid, a federal appeals court ruled Thursday. The 1st U.S. Circuit...

New Ford models can get over-the-internet software updates

May. 13, 2021 14:18 PM EDT

DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) — Ford says it is starting to send out over-the-internet software updates to some of its newer models as it moves to offer technology to match electric car maker Tesla. At present the updates are only available to about 100,000 owners of 2021 model...