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Duke Energy push to set NC prices for multiple years stalls

Aug. 20, 2019 5:40 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The country's largest electric company faces a setback as it pushes North Carolina for the chance to line up profitable infrastructure projects years into the future and bypass lengthy regulatory battles. The state House amended legislation Tuesday that represents one of Duke Energy...

Alaska governor OKs smaller oil-wealth check for now

Aug. 20, 2019 4:23 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy faced a tricky political decision. Should he take a hard line in his push to pay residents nearly $3,000 this year from the state's oil-wealth fund, a centerpiece of his campaign last year, or accept a lesser amount approved by lawmakers not swayed by his...

CEO: Refinery by Roosevelt National Park 1 year behind plan

Aug. 20, 2019 1:21 PM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Lawsuits from environmentalists and landowners have made investors skittish and delayed progress another year on the proposed $800 million oil refinery near Theodore Roosevelt National Park in western North Dakota, the developer's top executive said. Meridian wants to build the...

Hong Kong's evolving protests: Voices from the front lines

Aug. 20, 2019 12:17 PM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — On a recent sweltering Saturday, a day now reserved for protest in Hong Kong, a demonstrator named Wayne stepped past a row of plastic barricades, lifted a pair of binoculars and squinted. Four hundred meters away, a line of riot police stood with full-length shields, batons and tear gas...

Connecticut looks to purchase more offshore wind power

Aug. 20, 2019 11:24 AM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The state of Connecticut is looking to purchase up to 2,000 megawatts of offshore wind power. The Department of Energy and Environmental Protection said Monday it had released a request for proposals for offshore wind power as required by a new state law. The department says it's the...

Die-hard Hong Kong protesters defend tactics as unity cracks

Aug. 20, 2019 3:56 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — On a recent sweltering Saturday, a day now reserved for protest in Hong Kong, a demonstrator named Wayne stepped past a row of plastic barricades, lifted a pair of binoculars and squinted. Four hundred meters away, a line of riot police stood with full-length shields, batons and tear-gas...

UK regulator launches investigation into electricity outage

Aug. 20, 2019 3:43 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The U.K.'s energy regulator says it has launched an investigation into a widespread electricity outage on Aug. 9 that left a hospital without power and rail passengers stranded for hours during the busy evening commute. The announcement Tuesday came as the Office of Gas and Electricity...

Utility seeks to charge customers for coal ash removal

Aug. 19, 2019 9:50 PM EDT

EVANSVILLE, Ind. (AP) — Vectren is seeking permission from Indiana regulators to pass on the cost of cleaning up the coal ash pond at its A.B. Brown power plant to customers. The utility included the request in a petition filed with the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission seeking approval of plans to...

Dunleavy OKs 'partial' oil-wealth check of about $1,600

Aug. 19, 2019 9:15 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy said he is approving the roughly $1,600 oil-wealth fund check for residents passed by lawmakers this year but views it as a partial payment and plans to press for additional funding. House and Senate leaders tempered any expectations of a fatter payout and...

Mountain Valley Pipeline suspends some construction

Aug. 17, 2019 12:00 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Mountain Valley Pipeline has suspended some construction activities that could affect threatened or endangered species. WVPR-FM reports pipeline officials sent a letter on Thursday telling federal regulators about the voluntary suspension in areas where construction could impact...