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Cubans protest in Havana for 2nd night over lack of power

Oct. 01, 2022 00:17 AM EDT

HAVANA (AP) — Groups of Cubans protested Friday night in the streets of Havana for a second night, decrying delays in fully restoring electricity three days after Hurricane Ian knocked out power across the island. A foreign monitoring group reported that Cuba's internet service...

Small protests appear in Havana over islandwide blackout

Sep. 30, 2022 21:39 PM EDT

HAVANA (AP) — The widespread power outage caused by Hurricane Ian prompted several hundred people to protest in Havana, and a monitoring group said the island's internet service shut down again Friday in what appeared to be an attempt to curb information about the demonstrations from spreading. ...

Supply chain issues could slow fix of Florida electric grid

Sep. 30, 2022 19:21 PM EDT

Crews are beginning to repair — and in some cases, rebuild — Florida's power grid after the state was pummeled by Hurricane Ian. Florida Power & Light says it stockpiled enough poles, generators and wire to do the work. But power-industry officials warn that kinks in the...

Georgia Power settles with 1 co-owner in Vogtle dispute

Sep. 30, 2022 15:53 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia Power Co. will pay at least $76 million to settle a lawsuit with a co-owner over who will pay for overruns at the Vogtle nuclear power plant. The unit of Atlanta-based Southern Co. and the Municipal Electric Authority of Georgia announced a settlement Friday....

EU adopts levy on excess energy profits, no gas price cap

Sep. 30, 2022 11:33 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union energy ministers on Friday adopted a package of measures to ease an energy crisis, including a levy on windfall profits of fossil fuel companies, but an agreement on capping natural gas prices that is supported by a majority of countries remained off the table. ...

Methane blast in Baltic Sea highlights global problem

Sep. 30, 2022 08:50 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Scientists have been measuring the scale of the massive methane leak from damaged pipelines in the Baltic Sea, with the latest figures equating the levels of gas escaping to the annual emissions of some whole countries. It is believed to be the single biggest recorded gas leak...

Inflation hits record 10% in 19 EU countries using euro

Sep. 30, 2022 07:27 AM EDT

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Inflation in the European countries using the euro currency has broken into double digits as prices for electricity and natural gas soar, signaling a looming winter recession for one of the globe's major economies as higher prices undermine consumers' spending power. ...

Small protests appear in Havana over islandwide blackout

Sep. 30, 2022 00:15 AM EDT

HAVANA (AP) — A few hundred Cubans took to the streets Thursday night in Havana demanding the restoration of electricity, protesting more than two days after a blackout hit the entire island following the passage of Hurricane Ian. An Associated Press journalist saw a total of about...

Ex-PG&E execs to pay $117M to settle lawsuit over wildfires

Sep. 29, 2022 21:53 PM EDT

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Former executives and directors of Pacific Gas & Electric have agreed to pay $117 million to settle a lawsuit over devastating 2017 and 2018 California wildfires sparked by the utility's equipment, it was announced Thursday. The settlement was announced...

US proposal would permit eagle deaths as renewables expand

Sep. 29, 2022 20:59 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The Biden administration on Thursday proposed a new permitting program for wind energy turbines, power lines and other projects that kill eagles, amid growing concern among scientists that the rapid expansion of renewable energy in the U.S. West could harm golden eagle...