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Report details the cost of recycling coal ash in Virginia

Nov. 14, 2018 9:18 PM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Dominion Energy said in a long-awaited report on Wednesday that it would cost billions of dollars to recycle Virginia's toxic coal ash or move it to lined landfills, an endeavor that customers would pay for over several years. Environmental groups and some lawmakers said the cost would...

Options limited, North Korea lit by flashlights, creaky grid

Nov. 12, 2018 2:07 AM EST

PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — More than 20 years after his father almost bargained them away for a pair of nuclear reactors, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has his nuclear weapons — and a nation still plagued by chronic blackouts. Even on the clearest days, plumes of smoke from two towering...

Nez leads Shirley in vote for Navajo Nation presidency

Nov. 7, 2018 11:06 AM EST

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Navajo Nation Vice President Jonathan Nez had a significant lead late Tuesday over his opponent in the race for the tribe's top post in an election marred by widespread reports of ballot shortages. Nez had nearly double the votes of former two-term President Joe Shirley Jr. in the...

Indiana utility submits plan to move from coal to renewables

Nov. 4, 2018 10:57 AM EST

MERRILLVILLE, Ind. (AP) — Northern Indiana Public Service Co. is planning to phase out its coal power units by gradually embracing renewable energy sources. The Merrillville-based utility submitted a plan last week to the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission outlining its plans to retire four coal-fired...

Navajo considers buying coal-fired power plant on its land

Nov. 1, 2018 7:43 PM EDT

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — As states shy away from coal-fired power, a northern Arizona tribe is exploring the purchase of a coal plant on its land. The Navajo Generating Station near the Arizona-Utah border and its feed mine are slated to close at the end of 2019, the victims of cheaper power from natural...

Power plant operator sues for pension, cleanup costs

Oct. 30, 2018 1:58 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The operator of four coal-fired power plants in southeastern Montana is suing Pennsylvania-based PPL Corp., alleging it spun off partial ownership of the power plants to a subsidiary without leaving it enough money for its pension and environmental cleanup obligations. Talen...

Minnesota regulators back gas-fired power plant in Wisconsin

Oct. 30, 2018 1:28 PM EDT

DULUTH, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota regulators have approved a proposal for a natural gas-fired power plant in Superior, Wisconsin, despite objections from customers and clean-energy groups. The Public Utilities Commission voted 3-2 Monday to approve Minnesota Power's participation in the joint venture with...

Seasoned politicians face off in Navajo presidential race

Oct. 28, 2018 1:16 PM EDT

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — On the vast Navajo Nation, the needs are many: more police officers and better pay, housing, social services, roads and water. With the expected closure of a coal-fired power plant and mine on the reservation next year, financial resources will dwindle. The task of replacing roughly...

Norwegian fund, German utility exchange barbs over coal mine

Oct. 25, 2018 2:56 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — A Norwegian pension fund is doubling down on its criticism of German utility firm RWE over the power company's long-term plans to use coal. The chief executive of Storebrand, Jan Erik Saugestad, said Thursday that "continued expansion of coal mines and support of coal-fired power has no...

Eagle Ford shale in South Texas sees drilling comeback

Oct. 22, 2018 11:15 AM EDT

CALDWELL, Texas (AP) — Three years ago, Allen Startz found himself in an unwanted kinship with thousands of other oilfield workers in South Texas' Eagle Ford shale — laid off with few prospects nearby. The Houston Chronicle reports he left his home in Bryan to work in the Permian Basin in West...