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TVA plans new power line in central Mississippi

Sep. 24, 2018 4:33 AM EDT

FLOWOOD, Miss. (AP) — Tennessee Valley Authority says it plans to build a new power line in central Mississippi. The line would stretch 4.5 miles (7.25 kilometers) from an existing transmission line to a new substation in the Jackson suburb of Rankin County. It would connect to a new substation being built...

New president of technology college prepares to tackle role

Sep. 24, 2018 1:05 AM EDT

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — President Jim Rankin didn't drive his motorcycle to work one recent morning due to rain, but he's otherwise settled into his new role as president of a college in western South Dakota. "It's always fun to come back," said Rankin, a native of Draper and Ft. Pierre and '78 South...

Utah hydroelectric plant reborn in Orem with new equipment

Sep. 24, 2018 1:01 AM EDT

OREM, Utah (AP) — A Utah hydroelectric plant is ready to come back online after a $42 million makeover that was done over three years. The Daily Herald reports the Olmsted hydroelectric power plant is sporting a new look, new turbines and will provide water and power to residents throughout several...

2 wind energy projects proposed in southcentral Wyoming

Sep. 23, 2018 1:49 PM EDT

RIVERTON, Wyo. (AP) — Two large wind energy projects that would generate a combined 780 megawatts of electricity are being proposed in southcentral Wyoming. The Rawlins Times reports the projects were presented to the Carbon County Commission this week by a representative of Intermountain Wind LLC. The...

Report finds dozens of Texas gas leak explosions since 2006

Sep. 23, 2018 1:47 PM EDT

DALLAS (AP) — More than two dozen homes in north and central Texas have blown up since 2006 along a network of pipelines operated by one of the largest natural gas companies in the U.S, leading to nine deaths and badly injuring at least 22 other people, a newspaper reported Sunday. The Dallas Morning News...

NRC to meet on proposed sale of nuke plant after closing

Sep. 23, 2018 11:54 AM EDT

PLYMOUTH, Mass. (AP) — Federal regulators are reviewing plans by the owner of the Pilgrim nuclear plant to sell the facility after it stops producing power next year. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission will hold a meeting on Tuesday at its headquarters outside Washington to discuss Entergy's proposal to...

Minnesota regulators approve wind farm amid opposition

Sep. 23, 2018 11:53 AM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota regulators unanimously approved permits for a wind farm project in southern Minnesota amid opposition from local residents. The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission last week approved site and route permits for Invenergy's Freeborn Wind Farm project after the developer...

Flint woman brings friendliness to the east side

Sep. 23, 2018 1:05 AM EDT

FLINT, Mich. (AP) — Four thousand Flint water customers turned down offers to install free faucet filters in their homes during the last three months, but parties to a civil lawsuit that mandated such outreach say door-to-door efforts are still paying dividends. New records compiled as part of a lawsuit...

NC river swirls with gray muck near flooded coal ash dump

Sep. 22, 2018 7:37 PM EDT

WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) — Gray muck is flowing into the Cape Fear River from the site of a dam breach at a Wilmington power plant where an old coal ash dump had been covered over by Florence's floodwaters. Forecasters predicted the water will continue to rise through the weekend at the L.V. Sutton Power...

Michigan utility unveils new battery at university

Sep. 22, 2018 10:43 AM EDT

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan utility has unveiled a new battery to store renewable energy at Western Michigan University. The battery can store enough solar and wind energy to supply about 1,000 homes with an hour of power, said Consumers Energy Project Manager Nathan Washburn. The battery will be...