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Rochester firm wins $1M NY clean energy contest

Sep. 25, 2018 5:41 PM EDT

BINGHAMTON, N.Y. (AP) — A Rochester firm that makes a product that makes trucks more energy efficient has won a $1 million state competition. The award was announced Tuesday in Binghamton. The contest, dubbed 76West, was created by the administration of Gov. Andrew Cuomo to spur research and development...

Automakers seek flexibility at hearing on mileage standards

Sep. 25, 2018 3:04 PM EDT

DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) — Automakers sought flexibility while environmental groups blasted the Trump administration's proposal to roll back fuel economy standards at a public hearing on the plan in the industry's backyard. At the hearing Tuesday in Dearborn, Michigan, home to Ford Motor Co. and just miles...

Duke says its data show no harm from flooded coal ash dump

Sep. 24, 2018 9:11 PM EDT

Duke Energy said Monday that results from water samples collected downstream of a flooded North Carolina coal ash dump show no negative impacts to the Cape Fear River. The data Duke released were from a sample collected over the weekend after a dam breached Friday at the reservoir for the L.V. Sutton Power...

Appeals court reverses Tennessee coal ash cleanup order

Sep. 24, 2018 8:25 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A federal appellate panel on Monday overturned an order that would have required the nation's largest public utility to unearth and remove a massive amount of coal ash at one of its Tennessee power plants. In a 2-1 decision, the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals wrote that leaks...

California urges Trump to drop plan for weaker fuel standard

Sep. 24, 2018 8:21 PM EDT

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — California officials demanded Monday that the Trump administration back off a plan to weaken national fuel economy standards aimed at reducing car emissions and saving people money at the pump, saying the proposed rollback would damage people's health and exacerbate climate change....

The Latest: Scores oppose Trump mileage proposal at hearing

Sep. 24, 2018 8:16 PM EDT

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on a California hearing on a proposal to roll back car-mileage standards (all times local): 5:15 p.m. Scores of people have spoken against the Trump administration's plan to roll back car-mileage standards at a hearing in California that ended earlier than expected....

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...

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...