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Vanderbilt announces plan to reduce environmental impact

Apr. 23, 2019 5:14 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Vanderbilt University has unveiled a plan to reduce its environmental impact and says it wants to use renewable energy to power the Tennessee campus entirely. The school says it wants to be carbon neutral by 2050 and even go beyond that to produce more renewable energy than it...

New Mexico utility says it will be emissions-free by 2040

Apr. 22, 2019 8:48 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico's largest electric provider set a goal Monday aimed at going emissions-free as early as 2040, winning praise from the state's top Democratic leaders and environmental groups that have been pushing for years to end the state's reliance on fossil fuels for electricity...

Nevada governor signs bill raising clean energy standard

Apr. 22, 2019 8:28 PM EDT

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Nevada's governor signed a bill Monday requiring electricity companies to get half of their energy from renewable sources by 2030. Democratic Gov. Steve Sisolak was joined by a crowd of Republican and Democratic state lawmakers during the bill signing. "This milestone piece of...

Johns Hopkins to get two-thirds of electricity from solar

Apr. 22, 2019 5:37 PM EDT

BALTIMORE (AP) — Johns Hopkins University says it has reached a long-term agreement to get about two-thirds of the university's electricity from solar power. The university announced on Monday a 15-year agreement with Baltimore-based energy company Constellation, a subsidiary of Exelon. It will begin in...

Environmental allies of NJ governor say he should do more

Apr. 22, 2019 3:51 PM EDT

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy needs to do more to make good on promises to help the environment, a group of environmental groups — many of which endorsed him — said Monday. Nine groups accused the first-term governor and the Democrat-led Legislature of not moving...

Offshore wind developers to invest $4.5M in Rhode Island

Apr. 22, 2019 1:25 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The developers of a new offshore wind farm said Monday that they're investing $4.5 million in Rhode Island to advance the industry in the state. Democratic Gov. Gina Raimondo said it was fitting that the funding from Danish-based Orsted U.S. Offshore Wind and Eversource was...

SUNY chief: We're on pace to meet 2020 clean energy goal

Apr. 22, 2019 12:08 PM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The State University of New York system is on pace to meet clean energy targets Gov. Andrew Cuomo has set for 2020. Chancellor Kristina Johnson said Monday that together, SUNY's 64 campuses have reduced their energy use by 18% since 2011. That puts the state's public university system...

Nebraska energy plant suspending production to make repairs

Apr. 22, 2019 10:41 AM EDT

SOUTH SIOUX CITY, Neb. (AP) — A northeastern Nebraska renewable energy plant is suspending production so it can make repairs that its owner hopes will resolve ongoing discharge and odor issues, a company official said. Kevin Bradley, the director of business and economic development for Big Ox Energy, told...

Plans canceled for wind farm in Michigan's Upper Peninsula

Apr. 22, 2019 8:42 AM EDT

L'ANSE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — A company says it's not moving forward on plans for a wind farm in Michigan's Upper Peninsula due to factors including delays in the planning process. Renewable Energy Systems recently announced that it's decided to stop development of the Summit Lake Wind Farm project in...

N Carolina's Earth Day: Invasive species out, clean power in

Apr. 22, 2019 4:45 AM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Environmentalists are honoring Mother Earth and discussing the work ahead to protect it. North Carolina Earth Day events to demonstrate support for environmental protection are scheduled Monday in Raleigh, Charlotte, Winston-Salem and Asheville. Pilot Mountain State Park in Stokes...