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Ex-EPA chief Pruitt registers as energy lobbyist in Indiana

Apr. 18, 2019 9:05 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Scott Pruitt, the scandal-ridden former head of the Environmental Protection Agency, registered as an energy lobbyist in Indiana on Thursday as fossil-fuels interests there are fighting to block the proposed closure of several coal-fired power plants. A lobbying disclosure report for...

Missouri House backs landowners fighting wind energy line

Apr. 18, 2019 5:03 PM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Missouri House passed legislation Thursday that could effectively block one of the nation's largest wind energy projects by prohibiting its developers from using eminent domain to run a high-voltage power line across the Midwest. The House vote targets a $2.3 billion project...

New Mexico panel surprises Facebook with $39M utility bill

Apr. 18, 2019 4:54 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A powerful New Mexico regulatory authority is requiring the state's largest utility to bill Facebook $39 million for a new transmission line construction for its data center — a move the social media giant says it was not expecting. The Public Regulation Commission's on...

NJ regulators approve $300M in nuclear plant subsidies

Apr. 18, 2019 4:31 PM EDT

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey regulators voted Thursday to approve $300 million in customer-funded subsidies for the state's nuclear industry despite finding the plants are financially viable. The decision means that all residential utility customers in the state will see their bills go up by about $40 a...

Correction: Election 2020-Iowa story

Apr. 17, 2019 6:38 PM EDT

HAMBURG, Iowa (AP) — In a story April 16 about Democratic presidential candidates addressing flooding damage in Iowa, The Associated Press erroneously reported the location of Sen. Bernie Sanders' rally. The rally was held in Malcom, Iowa, not in Poweshiek. A corrected version of the story is below: Iowa...

Germany flips switch on Baltic Sea's biggest wind park

Apr. 16, 2019 9:42 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Germany has officially switched on the biggest offshore wind park in the Baltic Sea, which will supply some 400,000 households with electricity. The Arkona facility about 35 kilometers (22 miles) northeast of Germany's Baltic island of Ruegen went online Tuesday. It is operated by German...

Electric car makers woo Chinese buyers with range, features

Apr. 16, 2019 6:25 AM EDT

SHANGHAI (AP) — Automakers showcased electric SUVs and sedans with longer range and luxury features Tuesday at the Shanghai auto show, wooing Chinese buyers as Beijing slashes subsidies that helped to launch the industry. Two of China's biggest state-owned automakers unveiled models they said can travel...

Vermont's largest utility wants 100% renewable power by 2030

Apr. 15, 2019 4:15 PM EDT

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Vermont's largest electric utility is upping the ante and setting a goal of getting all of its power from renewable sources in just over a decade. Green Mountain Power announced over the weekend that it had set a goal of getting 100% of its power from carbon-free sources by 2025 and...

Warren has new plan for fossil fuel leasing on public lands

Apr. 15, 2019 3:43 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Elizabeth Warren is vowing to prohibit new fossil fuel leasing on public lands if she's elected president, one of several new energy proposals she rolled out on Monday before a campaign swing in two Western states. Warren, a U.S. senator from Massachusetts, already has launched more than...

Woman is freed from pipe at closed power plant

Apr. 15, 2019 12:27 PM EDT

CARMICHAELS, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania state police are investigating how a woman became trapped in a drainpipe at a closed power plant. Emergency crews in Greene County were called to FirstEnergy's now-shuttered Hatfield Power Plant in Carmichaels on Monday morning. Trooper Forrest Allison says a worker was...