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Missouri nuclear plant shut down for third time in 9 months

Jan. 15, 2021 12:10 PM EST

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Ameren Corp.'s nuclear plant in mid-Missouri has halted operations because of a non-nuclear issue involving the generator, the utility company said. The shutdown announced Thursday was the third time in nine months the plant about 30 miles north of Jefferson City has halted...

Hurricane-force winds cause extensive damage in North Dakota

Jan. 15, 2021 10:28 AM EST

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A weather system packing hurricane-force wind gusts has caused extensive damage and power outages in western and central North Dakota. The National Weather Service reported wind gusts of 77 mph at Garrison, 81 mph in Hettinger County and 93 mph in Williston on Thursday. The weather...

California heat, poor planning led to August power outages

Jan. 13, 2021 9:22 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Energy regulators on Wednesday blamed blackouts last summer that affected hundreds of thousands of Californians on poor planning, electrical market problems and an extreme heat wave that blanketed the West. The 131-page report covered events of Aug. 14 and Aug. 15 when the state's...

Minnesota Power plans to go 100% carbon-free by 2050

Jan. 12, 2021 6:19 PM EST

DULUTH, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota's second-largest utility announced Tuesday that it plans to provide customers 100% carbon-free electricity by 2050. Duluth-based Minnesota Power, which serves about 145,000 homes and businesses in the state's northeast, said it will show its plan for the next 15 years to the...

InvestigateWest: Cascadia not on track to cut emissions

Jan. 11, 2021 12:47 PM EST

To the rest of the world, the United States’ Pacific Northwest and Canada’s British Columbia represent one of the supposedly most eco-friendly regions in North America, if not the globe. And yet on climate change, the biggest environmental challenge of this generation, the governments of...

Maryland county's 1st community solar project to go online

Jan. 11, 2021 10:48 AM EST

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — A Maryland county’s first community solar project, which gives electric customers a chance to access solar energy, is scheduled to launch online this summer. Residents who do not have solar arrays in Anne Arundel County will be able to use the Checkerspot Community Solar Farm...

Plans call for solar facility at brownfield site

Jan. 8, 2021 11:49 AM EST

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — Plans call for a West Virginia site that was designated as a brownfield to be turned into a solar production facility, officials said. The Berkeley County Council announced on Thursday that Colorado-based Torch Clean Energy plans to install a $100 million solar electricity...

New Mexico utilities look ahead to renewable energy mandates

Jan. 7, 2021 5:43 PM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A solar project meant to provide 10% of Gallup’s electricity for the next two decades is falling short of expectations, highlighting just one of the challenges as investor-owned utilities and rural electric cooperatives across New Mexico look to boost their share of...

FILE - This Nov. 9, 2009, file photo, shows the coal-fired San Juan Generating Station near Farmington, N.M. Three Democratic state senators who initially supported New Mexico's landmark energy law say changes are needed to protect utility customers from significant rate hikes. The 2019 Energy Transition Act allows Public Service Co. of New Mexico to recover from customers 100% of the costs of closing its coal-fired power plant. (AP Photo/Susan Montoya Bryan, File)

Lawmakers: New Mexico energy law needs to protect customers

Jan. 5, 2021 6:24 PM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Three Democratic state lawmakers who initially supported New Mexico’s landmark energy law are proposing changes to protect utility customers from significant rate hikes in the future. Sens. William Tallman and Antoinette Sedillo Lopez of Albuquerque and Elizabeth Stefanics...

Massachusetts lawmakers pass sweeping climate change bill

Jan. 5, 2021 4:32 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker said Tuesday he is reviewing legislation passed by lawmakers that would overhaul the state’s climate laws, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, create renewable energy jobs and protect poorer communities that can be at higher risk from pollution. A...