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Evers creates new Wisconsin office to reach carbon-free goal

Aug. 16, 2019 10:30 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Tony Evers issued an executive order Friday creating a new office to help his administration achieve his goal of 100% carbon-free electricity in Wisconsin by 2050 after Republicans killed the proposal in the state budget. The governor issued an executive order creating the Office...

New Mexico city aims to keep open coal-fired power plant

Aug. 16, 2019 6:47 PM EDT

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — Farmington city officials on Friday signed an agreement with a company that proposes outfitting the coal-fired San Juan Generating Station with carbon-capture technology in an effort to extend the power plant's life beyond its planned closure in 2022. Under the agreement, the city...

Maine AG says state must play role in coal fight with Trump

Aug. 15, 2019 1:31 AM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine's attorney general says it's especially important for his state to fight an ease of restrictions on coal-fired power plants because of the vulnerability of its air and water. Attorney General Aaron Frey says he's joining a coalition of more than 20 states in a lawsuit against...

Iowa governor stops state from challenging Trump coal rule

Aug. 14, 2019 5:49 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller, a supporter of clean energy policies reducing greenhouse gases as a way to battle global climate change, said Wednesday he was blocked by Republican Gov. Kim Reynolds from joining 21 other states in suing the Trump administration over a policy that...

Wyoming wind farm making same power with 80% fewer turbines

Aug. 14, 2019 4:44 PM EDT

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Bigger, more efficient equipment will allow an electric utility to redevelop Wyoming's first commercial wind farm so it produces the same amount of power with far fewer turbines, an example of the growing feasibility of renewable energy in the top U.S. coal-mining state. Portland,...

21 states sue Trump administration over new coal rules

Aug. 13, 2019 8:02 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A coalition of 21 Democratic-led states sued the Trump administration Tuesday over its decision to ease restrictions on coal-fired power plants, with California's governor saying the president is trying to rescue an outdated industry. In June, the U.S. Environmental Protection...

Heavy metals found in groundwater near coal plants

Aug. 13, 2019 4:31 PM EDT

CHRYSTAL RIVER, Fla. (AP) — Environmental officials say heavy metals from coal ash have seeped into groundwater at a Duke Energy complex along Florida's Gulf Coast. A report by a consulting firm shows that arsenic, lithium and other contaminants were found in samples of wells surrounding the coal plants on...

Kaul joins multistate lawsuit challenging coal rules

Aug. 13, 2019 2:57 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Attorney General Josh Kaul has joined a multistate lawsuit challenging the Trump administration's decision to ease restrictions on coal-fired power plants. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in June eliminated its Clean Power Plan and replaced it with a new rule that...

Groundwater contamination high near Wyoming coal ash ponds

Aug. 13, 2019 12:55 PM EDT

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — PacifiCorp is proposing corrective measures at two of its coal-fired power plants in southwest Wyoming after tests showed excessive groundwater contamination from coal ash ponds. Tests that the company conducted found that groundwater on the Jim Bridger and Naughton power plants...

Effort to put nuclear plants' rescue to a vote hits hurdle

Aug. 13, 2019 5:24 AM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Opponents hoping to overturn a financial rescue for Ohio's nuclear power plants and two coal-fired plants have failed to clear an initial hurdle to put the issue before voters next year. Ohio's attorney general says there were inaccuracies in the petition summary submitted by Ohioans...