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Groups: Nevada's old mine sites could help meet energy goal

Nov. 18, 2018 2:37 PM EST

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A think tank and an advocacy group say Nevada could adapt old mines and former industrial sites to meet an aggressive clean energy benchmark that voters have endorsed with a statewide initiative. The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports that the Rocky Mountain Institute identified more than...

Kansas State to get half of campus energy from wind farm

Nov. 18, 2018 12:55 PM EST

MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) — Kansas State University officials estimate that half of the Manhattan campus will be powered by wind by 2020. University officials announced on Tuesday a new agreement with Missouri-based Westar Energy, the Kansas City Star reported. The Kansas City electric utility will cover half...

Northam replaces regulators ahead of pipeline vote

Nov. 17, 2018 12:46 PM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam has removed two members of the State Air Pollution Control Board after the citizen review board delayed a key vote on whether to allow a natural gas compressor station in a historic African-American community. News outlets report that Northam's move has...

Public comment period closing for new offshore wind farm

Nov. 17, 2018 9:26 AM EST

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The public comment period for a new offshore wind farm off the Rhode Island coast project is closing. Providence-based Deepwater Wind has proposed building up to 15 turbines that will connect to a grid in East Hampton, New York, to supply power for Long Island. The Bureau of Ocean...

Midwest women join climate change group in Antarctica

Nov. 17, 2018 1:07 AM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — "Chicago is the coldest place I've ever been," said Jing Hu, who came from southern China to do her postdoctoral work in materials science at Argonne National Laboratory outside Chicago. So she is "excited and terrified" about spending three weeks in Antarctica, among almost 100 women in...

Groups protest plans for possible lease sale in Beaufort

Nov. 16, 2018 7:39 PM EST

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Federal regulators are preparing an environmental review for a possible offshore lease sale in Alaska's Beaufort Sea and environmental groups are calling foul. The legality of Arctic Ocean offshore lease sales is the subject of a federal lawsuit. Environmental groups say it's...

Colorado adopts California emissions standards

Nov. 16, 2018 5:06 PM EST

DENVER (AP) — Colorado has adopted vehicle emission rules that incorporate California standards, joining several other states in moving pre-emptively to avoid any weakening of federal standards by the Trump administration. Friday's vote by the Colorado Air Quality Control Commission enacts a June executive...

Entergy Arkansas reaches deal to stop using coal at 2 plants

Nov. 16, 2018 1:29 PM EST

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas' largest electric utility says it will eventually stop using coal at two power plants and shut down a natural gas plant under a settlement reached with environmental groups. Entergy Arkansas announced Friday it's reached a settlement with the Sierra Club and National Parks...

Dozens plead with Trump administration to keep air rules

Nov. 14, 2018 7:12 PM EST

DENVER (AP) — Dozens of people who live near oil and gas wells pleaded with the Trump administration Wednesday not to roll back rules for methane pollution, while industry representatives said the changes should go further. The Environmental Protection Agency held a hearing in Denver on the...

Draft study analyzes emissions from Kalama methanol plant

Nov. 13, 2018 5:16 PM EST

KALAMA, Wash. (AP) — A draft study of a proposed $2 billion methanol refining project in Kalama says the plant would drive down global greenhouse gas emissions by displacing coal-based methanol sources. The Daily News says the review released Tuesday by the Port of Kalama and Cowlitz County concludes the...