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Committee endorses bill to require CMP to renegotiate lease

Feb. 20, 2020 9:25 PM EST

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Legislators voted to endorse a bill to require the state to cancel and potentially renegotiate a lease for Central Maine Power’s proposed $1 billion transmission project. The Legislature’s Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Committee voted 9-to-0 on the bill Tuesday,...

Oregon governor calls for breaching 4 Snake River dams

Feb. 15, 2020 5:30 PM EST

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The governor of Oregon has come out in favor of removing four hydroelectric dams on the Snake River in Washington state, saying that is the best way to increase endangered salmon runs. Gov. Kate Brown, a Democrat, sent a letter to Washington’s Democratic Gov. Jay Inslee this week,...

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Transmission line foes submit signatures for referendum

Feb. 3, 2020 3:28 PM EST

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Opponents of a proposed $1 billion transmission line aimed at bringing Canadian hydropower to the New England grid collected more than enough signatures to put the proposal to a statewide vote, officials said Monday. Officials from “No CMP Corridor” submitted more than...

2nd nuclear reactor being studied for eastern Washington

Feb. 2, 2020 10:02 AM EST

RICHLAND, Wash. (AP) — Energy Northwest is considering whether there is a need and regional interest for adding a small modular nuclear reactor system near the Tri-Cities. Energy Northwest already operates the only commercial nuclear power reactor in the Northwest, Columbia Generating Station near...

In this photo released by the Disaster Mitigation Agency of Bengkulu Province's Kaur District, rescue team prepares to search for victims of bridge break on a river in Kaur district of Bengkulu province, Indonesia, Monday, Jan, 20, 2020. A footbridge on Indonesia's Sumatra island broke while it was packed with people and several fell into the overflowing river below and drowned, officials said Monday. (Disaster Mitigation Agency of Bengkulu Province's Kaur District via AP)

Crowded footbridge breaks over Indonesian river, killing 9

Jan. 20, 2020 1:21 AM EST

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — A footbridge on Indonesia's Sumatra island broke while it was packed with people and several fell into the overflowing river below and drowned, officials said Monday. Nine bodies have been pulled from the water as far as 20 kilometers (12.4 miles) from the bridge that broke Sunday...

Utility raises $2.3M for Maine transmission line campaign

Jan. 16, 2020 3:00 PM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A Maine utility spent more than $2.3 million in the most recent quarter to rally against a potential statewide vote about whether it can build a transmission line to bring hydropower from Canada. The utility, Central Maine Power, wants to build a 145-mile line to bring power to the...

Nepal's main airport cuts the heat amid worries over power

Jan. 13, 2020 8:52 AM EST

KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Nepal's aviation authority on Monday asked everyone in the Himalayan nation's only international airport to cut down on heating this winter to save power so that key equipment can run without disruption. “There has been increased demand for electricity use due to the cold...

Effort to remove dam, restore herring and salmon in Maine

Jan. 11, 2020 3:15 PM EST

MEDDYBEMPS, Maine (AP) — A Maine conservationist group is removing what's left of an unused hydroelectric station that impedes the migration of fish in the Dennys River. The station dates to the 1940s and stops alewives and salmon from getting upstream, the Downeast Salmon Federation said. The group...

Agency OKs $1B hydropower transmission line; hurdles remain

Jan. 8, 2020 4:36 PM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The state agency that handles zoning in Maine's unregulated territories gave its approval Wednesday to a proposed $1 billion transmission line aimed at bringing Canadian hydropower to the New England power grid. The Land Use Planning Commission determined, on a 5-2 vote, that the New...

Editorial Roundup:

Jan. 6, 2020 9:01 AM EST

Detroit News. January 1, 2020 Policies matter in growing population The latest population numbers from the U.S.Census offer plenty of warnings for Michigan, which suddenly finds itself with a crop of policymakers at all levels of government who believe there is no problem that higher taxes and tighter regulations...