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Connecticut seeks bids for 2,000 megawatts of off-shore wind

Aug. 24, 2019 1:27 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The Department of Energy and Environmental Protection is seeking bids to develop 30% of Connecticut's entire energy load from off-shore wind sources. The agency has officially released its request for proposals. A conference for bidders is planned for Thursday at DEEP's New Britain...

Russia's floating nuclear plant sails to its destination

Aug. 23, 2019 11:18 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's first floating nuclear power plant sailed Friday to its destination on the nation's Arctic coast, a project that environmentalists have criticized as unsafe. The Akademik Lomonosov is a 140-meter (459-foot) long towed platform that carries two 35-megawatt nuclear reactors. On Friday,...

Sanders touts $16 trillion climate plan in fire-ravaged town

Aug. 22, 2019 9:12 PM EDT

PARADISE, Calif. (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders released a $16.3 trillion climate plan on Thursday before touring a Northern California town ravaged by wildfire, declaring the setting a "wake-up call for our entire nation" to the dangers of a warming planet. "Climate change is a...

Ethanol producer blames Indiana plant closure on Trump's EPA

Aug. 22, 2019 7:32 PM EDT

CLOVERDALE, Ind. (AP) — The owner of a western Indiana ethanol plant is blaming its shut down on the Trump administration allowing some refineries to not blend ethanol with gasoline as required under federal law. South Dakota-based ethanol producer Poet says it will cease production by mid-October at its...

US fossil fuel official says tech can help coal industry

Aug. 22, 2019 6:53 PM EDT

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Touring Wyoming at a crucial time for the top coal-mining state, the U.S. official who oversees government research into fossil fuels said Thursday it's not too late for new technology to help the coal industry. "The Wyoming coal industry is going through a restructuring," U.S....

The Latest: US fossil fuel official tours Wyoming coal sites

Aug. 22, 2019 5:45 PM EDT

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — The Latest on Assistant Secretary for Fossil Energy Steven Winberg's visit to Wyoming (all times local): 3:45 p.m.: The U.S. government official who oversees research involving fossil fuels says it's not too late for new technology to help the coal industry. Assistant Secretary for...

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee announces run for 3rd term

Aug. 22, 2019 3:41 PM EDT

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, who has ended his climate change-focused 2020 presidential bid, announced Thursday that he'll seek a third term as governor. Inslee sent the email detailing his plans hours before he was to appear at a news conference at Planned Parenthood in Seattle...

Detroit Zoo to be powered entirely with wind energy by 2021

Aug. 22, 2019 2:24 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit Zoo plans to operate entirely on wind-generated electricity by 2021. Officials said Thursday the power will come from three new DTE Energy wind parks scheduled to go online late next year. The move will prevent emissions of as much planet-warming carbon dioxide as 8,740 acres of...

Angela Merkel calls for EU-wide climate neutrality by 2050

Aug. 22, 2019 11:27 AM EDT

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel called Thursday for the European Union to support ambitious targets for the entire 28-nation bloc to become climate neutral. Merkel made her appeal after she and members of her "climate Cabinet" met their Dutch counterparts at the official...

AP FACT CHECK: Trump's false claims on fuel economy rules

Aug. 21, 2019 8:47 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — President Donald Trump is misrepresenting the facts about his proposal to freeze Obama-era fuel economy requirements at 2021 levels. In multiple tweets Wednesday, Trump blasted auto executives as "foolish" and weak and accused the companies of being "politically correct" for resisting the...