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FILE - In this Nov. 9, 2018, file photo, smoke billows around power transmission lines as the Camp Fire burns in Big Bend, Calif. Pacific Gas & Electric Co., the nation's largest electric utility, filed for bankruptcy last year after facing an estimated $50 billion in damages from several Northern California wildfires that were linked to its equipment, including one blaze in 2018 that killed 85 people and destroyed about 19,000 buildings. (AP Photo/Noah Berger, File)

California bill would make utilities pay some blackout costs

Jan. 23, 2020 8:19 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Californians left in the dark by electric companies that shut off their power to prevent wildfires could get paid for things such as lost wages or spoiled food under a bill that advanced Thursday in the Legislature. In the state plagued by catastrophic blazes started by strong...

FILE - This April, 2006, file photo shows the Four Corners Power Plant in Waterflow, N.M., near the San Juan River in northwestern New Mexico. The closure of the coal-fired power plant on the Navajo Nation sooner than expected will be a major blow to a region where coal has been a mainstay of the economy for decades.
Arizona Public Service Co. now plans to shutter the Four Corners Power Plant in 2031 when its coal contract expires rather than wait until 2038. (AP Photo/Susan Montoya Bryan, File)

Coal industry on Navajo Nation could end with plant closure

Jan. 23, 2020 7:48 PM EST

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — The closure of a coal-fired power plant on the Navajo Nation sooner than expected will be a major blow to a region where coal has been a mainstay of the economy for decades. The Arizona Public Service Co. now plans to shutter the Four Corners Power Plant near Farmington, New Mexico,...

SC lawmakers reopen regulator race after 11 aren't qualified

Jan. 23, 2020 6:08 PM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina lawmakers are reopening the search for candidates for four regulator seats on the state's utility board after the initial search only turned up six qualified candidates. The Legislature's Public Utilities Review Committee held hearings earlier this month to review the...

Senate bills would dramatically cut greenhouse gas emissions

Jan. 23, 2020 4:00 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — The Massachusetts Senate unveiled bills Thursday that Democratic leaders say will help dramatically reduce the state's greenhouse gas emissions over the next few decades. The transitioning of cars, trucks and buses to carbon-free electric power and the jump-starting of efforts to supply...

FILE - In this Jan. 6, 2020, file photo wind turbines stand on a hill and are surrounded by fog and clouds in the Taunus region near Frankfurt, Germany. Environmentally conscious investing received a lot of attention last week after the world’s largest asset manager said it plans to put climate change and sustainability at the center of its investment approach. (AP Photo/Michael Probst, File)

Why that green fund you bought might include a coal miner

Jan. 23, 2020 2:06 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Environmentally conscious investing received a lot of attention last week after the world’s largest asset manager said it plans to put climate change and sustainability at the center of its investment approach. The decision by BlackRock Inc. should create more investment...

FILE - This Sept. 16, 2019, file photo shows an aerial view of the devastation after an explosion at the Life Enrichment Advancing People (LEAP) building, in Farmington, Maine. The blast killed one firefighter and injured multiple other people. (Russ Dillingham/Sun Journal via AP, File)

Victim's daughter: Severed propane line led to fatal blast

Jan. 23, 2020 12:51 PM EST

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A propane explosion that killed a firefighter and injured six of his colleagues and another person last year in Maine was caused by a post that was placed in the ground to protect an exterior heating unit, severing an underground gas line, according to testimony at a recent...

Work begins to protect Bay Head rail yard from storms

Jan. 23, 2020 12:27 PM EST

BAY HEAD, N.J. (AP) — A post-Superstorm Sandy project to protect a Jersey shore rail yard from future storms is under way. NJ Transit says construction has begun on a project to harden its rail yard in Bay head at the end of the North Jersey Coast line. The facility was flooded by storm surge from the...

UofL researcher wins national grant for green energy

Jan. 23, 2020 4:33 AM EST

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A researcher at the University of Louisville is receiving a $500,000 grant from the National Science Foundation for renewable energy research. Joshua Spurgeon does his research in the Conn Center for Renewable Energy Research in the J.B. Speed School of Engineering. He focuses on the...

FILE - In this Jan. 10, 2020, file photo, California Gov. Gavin Newsom speaks at a news conference in Sacramento, Calif. Newsom is urging a federal judge to reject Pacific Gas and Electric's blueprint for getting out of bankruptcy and renewing his threat to lead a bid to turn the beleaguered utility into a government-run operation. PG&E is trying to dig out of a financial hole created by more than $50 billion in claims stemming from a series of catastrophic wildfires that have been blamed on the San Francisco company. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)

California governor aims to block PG&E's bankruptcy plan

Jan. 22, 2020 7:45 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom is urging a federal judge to reject Pacific Gas and Electric's blueprint for getting out of bankruptcy and renewing his threat to lead a bid to turn the beleaguered utility into a government-run operation. In a court filing Wednesday, Newsom's lawyers gave...

Vanderbilt University reaches deal on renewable energy push

Jan. 22, 2020 6:53 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Vanderbilt University announced a renewable energy deal Wednesday aimed at offsetting a portion of the school's greenhouse gas emissions. The Tennessee Valley Authority, Nashville Electric Service and Silicon Ranch are partnering with Vanderbilt on a 20-year agreement to reduce the...