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Transmission line project receives Wyoming approval

Apr. 21, 2019 2:53 PM EDT

SARATOGA, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming regulators have approved construction of transmission lines to connect energy generated from wind farms in southern Wyoming to southwestern states. The state Industrial Siting Council voted unanimously Friday during its meeting in Saratoga to approve the permit application by...

Community forum scheduled for UP utility's service plans

Apr. 21, 2019 2:17 PM EDT

ESCANABA, Mich. (AP) — A forum will be held in Escanaba to get residents' input on a utility's long-term service plans in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Sessions are scheduled May 17 at Bay de Noc Community College and will include presentations on Upper Peninsula Power's integrated resource plan that's...

Colorado inspections at oil and gas sites showing results

Apr. 21, 2019 1:14 PM EDT

DACONO, Colo. (AP) — State health inspectors equipped with infrared cameras dropped in unannounced on about 2,000 oil and gas operations across Colorado last year and found leaks of heat-trapping methane and volatile organic gas at 13 percent of those sites — half the frequency of leaks they...

Lamont taps Maryland woman for open regulatory position

Apr. 21, 2019 1:03 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Gov. Ned Lamont has nominated the former advisor to the chairman of Maryland's utility regulator for a position on Connecticut's Public Utilities Regulatory Authority. The Democrat has tapped Marissa Paslick Gillett of Baltimore to serve as a PURA commissioner. PURA is responsible...

Michigan's Dragon trail to begin construction this year

Apr. 21, 2019 10:39 AM EDT

BIG PRAIRIE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — A new trail in western Michigan that developers believe could become a national attraction is set to break ground this year. Construction on Michigan's Dragon at Hardy Dam trail in Newaygo and Mecosta counties could begin by this summer, the Muskegon Chronicle reported ....

Gas company, state agree to deal for environmental problems

Apr. 20, 2019 10:26 AM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A gas company has agreed to a $124,030 deal with West Virginia regulators for environmental violations in Doddridge and Wetzel counties. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports MarkWest Liberty Midstream & Resources and the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection...

Nuclear operator: Closing plants would be felt around Ohio

Apr. 20, 2019 9:33 AM EDT

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Shutting down Ohio's two nuclear power plants would be more costly to the state than approving a financial lifeline to keep them operating, backers told lawmakers this week. In the first legislative hearings on what critics are calling a bailout for the nuclear industry, supporters...

Solar power industry sees rays of growth in Georgia

Apr. 20, 2019 12:44 AM EDT

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — The Southern Alliance for Clean Energy last week released "Solar in the Southeast 2018," its second annual report on solar expansion. "Solar growth continues in the Southeast (adding 65 percent in 2018)," the report states. "The region will surpass 10,000 MW in 2019. SACE now...

Colorado begins rewriting oil-gas rules with focus on safety

Apr. 19, 2019 6:45 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Colorado oil and gas regulators are taking the first steps to implement a new law that makes public health and the environment their top priority. The Oil and Gas Conservation Commission released interim guidelines Friday for companies to comply with the law. The commission also outlined...

Report: New Jersey nuclear plants getting subsidy are viable

Apr. 19, 2019 4:21 PM EDT

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A report commissioned by New Jersey regulators before they voted to grant $300 million in utility customer-financed subsidies for the state's nuclear industry found the plants are profitable. The Board of Public Utilities voted Thursday to approve subsidies for the three nuclear power...