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Maine secures deal for discounted energy from Hydro Quebec

Jul. 10, 2020 1:36 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Hydro Quebec has sweetened the pot for Maine under a $1 billion transmission project to bring hydropower to the New England power grid by agreeing to provide discounted energy to the state, Gov. Janet Mills announced Friday. Hydro Quebec will provide enough discounted power for about...

Editorial Roundup: North Carolina

Jul. 8, 2020 4:22 PM EDT

Recent editorials from North Carolina newspapers: ___ July 7 The Fayetteville Observer on how the musical ‘Hamilton’ can be used in education: In the wake of nationwide protests over the police killing of George Floyd in May, some protesters have taken to toppling statues of figures from history...

European Commissioner for European Green Deal Frans Timmermans speaks during a media conference at EU headquarters in Brussels, Wednesday, July 8, 2020. The EU wants to promote hydrogen produced from renewable electricity as part of its Green Deal plan to make the continent carbon neutral by 2050. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo, Pool)

EU bets on clean hydrogen to decarbonize and boost economy

Jul. 8, 2020 10:38 AM EDT

The executive branch of the European Union unveiled plans Wednesday to boost the production of clean hydrogen as part of its goal to achieve climate neutrality by 2050 amid criticism from environmental activists and Green lawmakers pushing for a total exclusion of hydrogen produced from fossil fuels. The...

New Mexico utility unveils solar array to power Facebook

Jul. 8, 2020 12:01 AM EDT

RIO RANCHO, N.M. (AP) — The largest electric provider in New Mexico has unveiled its latest solar array, a 50-megawatt facility that was built to power Facebook's Los Lunas Data Center with renewable energy. A virtual ribbon cutting ceremony was held Tuesday for the Encino Solar Field, located in Sandoval...

COVID-19 causes dismal quarter for Wyoming coal industry

Jul. 7, 2020 2:43 PM EDT

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming coal production has fallen dramatically as the coronavirus exacerbates a long-term trend of diminishing demand for the fossil fuel to generate electricity. Wyoming's 16 coal mines produced 34% less coal in April, May and June compared with the same period in 2019, according to...

Big spending, legal appeals in $1B transmission project

Jul. 7, 2020 1:37 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Central Maine Power and Hydro Quebec have spent more money in support of a $1 billion hydropower transmission project than the spending total on a failed referendum on a casino in York County in 2017, an environmental advocacy group said Tuesday. CMP and Hydro Quebec have together...

The controversial most modern Uniper Datteln 4 coal-powered plant steams behind a corn field one month after the operational start in Datteln, Germany, Friday, July 3, 2020. The state governors Dietmar Woidke of Brandenburg, Michael Kretschmer of Saxony, Reiner Haseloff of Saxony-Anhalt and Armin Laschet of North Rhine-Westphalia meet in Berlin for the adoption by the Bundestag and Bundesrat of the laws on coal phase-out and structural strengthening in the affected federal states. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)

Germany is first major economy to phase out coal and nuclear

Jul. 3, 2020 11:53 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — German lawmakers have finalized the country's long-awaited phase-out of coal as an energy source, backing a plan that environmental groups say isn't ambitious enough and free marketeers criticize as a waste of taxpayers' money. Bills approved by both houses of parliament Friday envision...

Local landowner, energy firm propose 700-acre solar project

Jul. 2, 2020 5:20 PM EDT

WATERVILLE, Maine (AP) — Local landowners are proposing a 700-acre solar energy project in Benton, Clinton and Unity Township in partnership with a renewable energy company. Bessey Development Company, which owns the land, and Longroad Energy, based in Boston, want to invest $190 million in the project...

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif., speaks at a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Friday, June 26, 2020. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Dem climate plan would end greenhouse gas emissions by 2050

Jun. 30, 2020 5:56 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Democrats on Tuesday unveiled a plan to address climate change that would set a goal of net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, while pushing renewable energy such as wind and solar power and addressing environmental contamination that disproportionately harms low-income and...

Facebook to build $800 million data center in DeKalb

Jun. 30, 2020 1:03 PM EDT

DEKALB, Ill. (AP) — Facebook has announced it will build an $800 million data center in DeKalb that will create about 100 permanent jobs and depend on 100 percent renewable energy. The 907,000 square-foot data center, Facebook’s 12th in the U.S. and first in Illinois, will use 80% less water than an...