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New president of technology college prepares to tackle role

Sep. 24, 2018 1:05 AM EDT

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — President Jim Rankin didn't drive his motorcycle to work one recent morning due to rain, but he's otherwise settled into his new role as president of a college in western South Dakota. "It's always fun to come back," said Rankin, a native of Draper and Ft. Pierre and '78 South...

Utah hydroelectric plant reborn in Orem with new equipment

Sep. 24, 2018 1:01 AM EDT

OREM, Utah (AP) — A Utah hydroelectric plant is ready to come back online after a $42 million makeover that was done over three years. The Daily Herald reports the Olmsted hydroelectric power plant is sporting a new look, new turbines and will provide water and power to residents throughout several...

2 wind energy projects proposed in southcentral Wyoming

Sep. 23, 2018 1:49 PM EDT

RIVERTON, Wyo. (AP) — Two large wind energy projects that would generate a combined 780 megawatts of electricity are being proposed in southcentral Wyoming. The Rawlins Times reports the projects were presented to the Carbon County Commission this week by a representative of Intermountain Wind LLC. The...

NRC to meet on proposed sale of nuke plant after closing

Sep. 23, 2018 11:54 AM EDT

PLYMOUTH, Mass. (AP) — Federal regulators are reviewing plans by the owner of the Pilgrim nuclear plant to sell the facility after it stops producing power next year. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission will hold a meeting on Tuesday at its headquarters outside Washington to discuss Entergy's proposal to...

Minnesota regulators approve wind farm amid opposition

Sep. 23, 2018 11:53 AM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota regulators unanimously approved permits for a wind farm project in southern Minnesota amid opposition from local residents. The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission last week approved site and route permits for Invenergy's Freeborn Wind Farm project after the developer...

NC river swirls with gray muck near flooded coal ash dump

Sep. 22, 2018 7:37 PM EDT

WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) — Gray muck is flowing into the Cape Fear River from the site of a dam breach at a Wilmington power plant where an old coal ash dump had been covered over by Florence's floodwaters. Forecasters predicted the water will continue to rise through the weekend at the L.V. Sutton Power...

Michigan utility unveils new battery at university

Sep. 22, 2018 10:43 AM EDT

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan utility has unveiled a new battery to store renewable energy at Western Michigan University. The battery can store enough solar and wind energy to supply about 1,000 homes with an hour of power, said Consumers Energy Project Manager Nathan Washburn. The battery will be...

Federal appeals court keeps rate cuts for failed nuke plants

Sep. 22, 2018 10:17 AM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A federal appeals court has refused to stop rate cuts for customers of a private South Carolina utility who are saddled with billions of dollars of debt for a nuclear plant that never generated power. The U.S. Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals denied a request Friday from South Carolina...

Solar entrepreneur to bring jobs, training to Minneapolis

Sep. 22, 2018 1:07 AM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Jamez Staples has big dreams of bringing clean energy — and its economic benefits — to his underserved and racially diverse Minneapolis neighborhood. The 39-year-old solar entrepreneur recently bought and is working to reopen a shuttered state workforce center as a clean...

Flooding: Dam breach at Duke plant; coal ash could spill

Sep. 21, 2018 9:43 PM EDT

WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) — Florence's floodwaters breached a dam holding back a large reservoir at a Wilmington power plant Friday, and coal ash from an adjacent dump could be flowing into the nearby Cape Fear River. Duke Energy spokeswoman Paige Sheehan said the utility doesn't believe the breach at the L.V....