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Editorial Roundup: Texas

Dec. 06, 2021 10:02 AM EST

Houston Chronicle. Dec. 5, 2021. Editorial: Abbott guarantees Texas grid is ready for winter. Where have we heard that before? Take it with a grain of salt, we’re told, about information from an questionable source. Gov. Greg...

PUC to give a boost to renewable projects in northern Maine

Dec. 05, 2021 13:46 PM EST

HALLOWELL, Maine (AP) — Despite attacks on the New England Clean Energy Connect, state regulators have begun the process of collecting proposals for a high-voltage transmission line to serve as a conduit for renewable energy projects in northern Maine. A state law...

New Hampshire getting $72.6M to update water systems

Dec. 05, 2021 13:21 PM EST

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire will be getting $72.6 million from the federal infrastructure package to update wastewater and drinking water systems. The money also will be used to address PFAS and lead in New Hampshire water supplies. New...

Burlington to vote on two bonds in special election

Dec. 05, 2021 10:59 AM EST

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — Voters in Burlington will be asked in a special election on Tuesday whether to approve two bond proposals that city officials say will reduce the pain of more expensive repairs and replacements later. The first ballot item, if passed, would allow...

Energy secretary: Offshore wind brings 'gust' of job growth

Dec. 05, 2021 08:07 AM EST

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — U.S. Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm said Thursday that the administration's goal for offshore wind and the projects being developed now represent a “gust of job growth throughout the country.” Granholm visited a new offshore wind...

Vogtle monitors see more delays, extra $1B for nuclear plant

Dec. 04, 2021 20:40 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Monitors say even the most recent pushback of completion dates for two new nuclear reactors in Georgia isn't enough to account for all the delays and increased costs they see coming. Testimony filed Wednesday with the Georgia Public...

Berea is first college in U.S. to finish hydropower project

Dec. 04, 2021 10:43 AM EST

BEREA, Ky. (AP) — There are a lot of firsts at a new hydroelectric generating station on the Kentucky River in Estill County. It’s the first hydroelectric project in the nation completed by a college, for example. Berea College owns the project...

Bank foundation to boost solar energy jobs in Maine

Dec. 04, 2021 10:25 AM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A bank foundation has donated $400,000 to help create more solar power in Maine. KeyBank Foundation said it's supporting a “Green Jobs for ME” initiative designed to expand the Maine Community College System's electrical journey technician...

Amazon says it plans solar farm in eastern Georgia

Dec. 04, 2021 09:06 AM EST

WAYNESBORO, Ga. (AP) — Amazon announced recently that it plans to build a solar farm in east Georgia, its first in the state. The Augusta Chronicle reports Amazon announced it would build a 70 megawatt solar farm in Burke County. The Georgia...

Mississippi to receive nearly $75M in infrastructure funding

Dec. 04, 2021 08:32 AM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi will receive nearly $75 million in water infrastructure funding as part of the recent bipartisan infrastructure bill, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency officials announced this week. It's unclear how the money will be allocated...