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Court: Utilities cannot charge energy-making customers more

Apr. 3, 2020 12:11 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Utilities cannot charge customers who produce some of their own energy more than other customers, the Kansas Supreme Court ruled Friday in a decision that strikes down proposed rates from two companies. The state's highest court found the proposals by Westar and Kansas Gas and Electric...

RI regulators OK plan to buy power from Conn. solar project

Mar. 31, 2020 11:06 AM EDT

WARWICK, R.I. (AP) — A contract with all three Rhode Island electric utilities to purchase power from a Connecticut solar project has received state regulatory approval. The Public Utilities Commission unanimously approved a 20-year agreement to purchase power from D.E. Shaw Renewable Investments at 5.3...

New Mexico regulators give green light to solar project

Mar. 26, 2020 12:03 AM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico utility regulators have approved a program that will allow local governments and large businesses to subscribe to a universal solar field to be built by the state's largest electric provider. Public Service Co. of New Mexico says the cities and businesses can make a...

The American flag flies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, March 17, 2020. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Wide swath of economy seeks share of COVID-19 rescue package

Mar. 17, 2020 8:41 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — As Congress works on a rescue package to help shore up a U.S. economy hard hit by the coronavirus pandemic, a wide swath of business, from the solar power industry to casinos and hotels, along with doctors, nurses and educators are urging lawmakers to give them a share of the pie. The...

FILE - In this Nov. 8, 2011 file photo, Dick Saslaw, Virginia Senate Majority Leader, stands near a podium after it was announced that he had won re-election at a Democrat election results party in Fairfax, Va. Environmental advocates notched one win, after another this legislative session as the new Democratic majority passed their top-priority legislation, including measures long opposed by Republicans who used to be in charge.  “You can't fix the climate problem for free,

For environmentalists, a 'monumental' legislative session

Mar. 14, 2020 9:49 AM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Environmental advocates notched one win after another this legislative session as the new Democratic majority passed their top-priority legislation, including measures long opposed by Republicans who used to be in charge. Legislators sent bills to Gov. Ralph Northam that will remake...

Lawmakers OK bill to bring solar to low-income communities

Mar. 6, 2020 5:14 PM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The General Assembly passed a bill that aims to increase access to renewable energy for lower-income communities. House Bill 573, introduced by Del. Mark Keam, D-Fairfax, amends an existing solar development pilot program that requires utility companies to invest in renewable energy. ...

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Correction: Virginia-Renewable Energy story

Mar. 6, 2020 3:48 PM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — In a story March 5, 2020, about energy legislation, The Associated Press erroneously reported state regulators' estimate of rate increases associated with the newly approved bill. The State Corporation Commission has predicted the bill would result in a monthly minimum increase for the...

Part of city park might soon hold thousands of solar panels

Mar. 5, 2020 10:23 AM EST

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — A plan developed by MidAmerican Energy and Iowa City calls for using a portion of a city park for MidAmerican's first solar energy project. The Iowa City Council has scheduled a public hearing March 24 on leasing nearly 19 acres (7.7 hectares) at Waterworks Prairie Park to...

New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham gives her State of the State address during the opening of the New Mexico legislative session in the House chambers at the state Capitol in Santa Fe, N.M. on Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020. (AP Photo/Craig Fritz)

New Mexico governor signs solar energy, grid update bills

Mar. 3, 2020 8:18 PM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico will reinstate a tax credit for households and businesses that adopt solar energy systems and take new steps to modernize the electric grid and export more renewable energy under bills signed Tuesday by the governor. Democratic Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham signed legislation...

W.Va. House passes bill making it easier to use solar energy

Mar. 3, 2020 11:56 AM EST

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — It could soon be easier for power companies to use solar energy under a bill passed Tuesday in the West Virginia House of Delegates. Lawmakers voted 75-23 to approve the measure after around an hour of debate that revolved around whether it's better to focus on coal or renewable...