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Alabama Power fees on solar challenged

Nov. 16, 2019 1:17 PM EST

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — When Jim Bankston installed solar panels on his Tuscaloosa home, he estimated it would trim his electricity bill, and the savings would eventually offset the cost of the hefty investment. After it was running, he noticed fees on his Alabama Power bill that he didn’t...

Arizona utility to install large battery for solar plant

Nov. 15, 2019 4:08 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — A utility cooperative in the Phoenix area has announced plans to boost its solar power battery storage as part of a pledge to add 1,000 megawatts to its supply by 2025. Salt River Project announced plans to add a new 250-megawatt project called Sonoran Energy Center with storage near Buckeye...

Colorado commissioners approve land request for solar farm

Nov. 14, 2019 3:06 PM EST

ASPEN, Colo. (AP) — Colorado county commissioners have approved a land-use application for a 18,000-panel solar facility to help promote green energy. Aspen Daily News reports that Pitkin County commissioners unanimously approved the request Wednesday citing it as an important step in reducing the...

World thirst for oil keeps growing, with SUVs a key culprit

Nov. 13, 2019 7:08 AM EST

PARIS (AP) — The world's thirst for oil will continue to grow until the 2030s, with climate-damaging emissions climbing until at least 2040 — and consumers' insatiable appetite for SUVs is a big reason why. Mounting demand for plastic is another factor. So is increasing plane travel. And the...

Political group proposes renewable energy to power town

Nov. 7, 2019 6:06 PM EST

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Progressives in Rhode Island have unveiled a plan to power a town with only renewable energy. The proposal announced Wednesday by the Rhode Island Progressive Democrats of America is the first part of a larger goal to "fight the climate crisis" and meet all the state's energy needs...

Hawaii utility to recover overpayments; customers to benefit

Nov. 5, 2019 10:15 AM EST

WAILUKU, Hawaii (AP) — A Hawaii solar farm has agreed to reduce an electric company's monthly bill by $15,000 to make up for overcharged power during a battery issue. Lanai Sustainability Research overcharged Maui Electric Company $360,000 when its battery energy storage system was nonoperational, Maui...

Bills clarify solar panels are exempt from property taxes

Nov. 2, 2019 8:40 AM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Legislation heading to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer would clarify that rooftop solar panels are exempt from property taxes. The bills won final approval from lawmakers this past week in the wake of a 2018 State Tax Commission memorandum that says solar panels installed on residential...

Georgia editorial roundup

Oct. 30, 2019 2:46 PM EDT

Recent editorials from Georgia newspapers: ___ Oct. 30 The Brunswick News paying attention to signs of domestic violence: Home is a sanctuary for many people. We spend all day at work and can't wait to get home to see our spouse, significant other and/or kids. It is supposed to be a safe place filled with love....

Cranberry farmers want to build solar panels over their bogs

Oct. 30, 2019 6:11 AM EDT

CARVER, Mass. (AP) — Plummeting cranberry prices and the country's ongoing trade wars have America's cranberry industry eyeing a possible new savior: solar power. Some cranberry farmers in Massachusetts, the nation's second largest grower after Wisconsin, are proposing to build solar panels above the bogs...

California Editorial Rdp

Oct. 23, 2019 5:16 PM EDT

Oct. 23 The Fresno Bee on debate over California legislation over Daylight Saving Time: In less than two weeks, Daylight Saving Time once again comes to an end, prompting Californians to once again set their clocks back an hour. That "fall back" comes despite the fact that voters last year strongly supported...