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FILE - In this Aug. 20, 2020, file photo The CZU August Lightning Complex fire consumes trees and a fence along Empire Grade Road in the Santa Cruz Mountains community of Bonny Doon near Santa Cruz, Calif. Months-old embers from a deadly California fire were blown back to life Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021, by powerful winds that raked the state and prompted safety blackouts to tens of thousands of people. The state's firefighting agency says Tuesday it has responded to at least a dozen vegetation fires in San Mateo and Santa Cruz counties in 12 hours. (Shmuel Thler/The Santa Cruz Sentinel via AP, File)

California winds easing after sparking fires, power outages

Jan. 20, 2021 9:14 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A windstorm that fanned brushfires, toppled trees and left thousands of Californians without power focused its remaining energy Wednesday on the southern end of the state, where forecasters warned of the additional threat of heavy rain and flash flooding. Strong winds that began Tuesday...

Court puts halt on construction of $1B Maine power corridor

Jan. 15, 2021 6:14 PM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A federal appeals court has halted construction of a $1 billion power transmission line corridor through Maine to give conservation groups time to make their case against the project. The 145-mile (230-kilometer) transmission line has been touted by Central Maine Power and its...

Equipment staged for construction of power transmission line

Jan. 12, 2021 9:44 AM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — An excavation company is starting to plow access roads and stage equipment for construction of an electricity transmission corridor aimed at bringing Canadian hydropower to the New England grid. Much of the 145-mile (233-kilometer) New England Clean Energy Connect calls for widening...

New tower to bring cell service to remote Minnesota region

Dec. 23, 2020 1:45 PM EST

DULUTH, Minn. (AP) — An off-the-grid area of northern Minnesota will soon host a new tower to bring cell service to the region, though some locals and visitors want the area to remain remote. The Cook County Board voted on Tuesday to allow AT&T to build the tower to bring cellphone service to a remote...

Judge declines to stop $1B power line in western Maine

Dec. 17, 2020 9:35 AM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A federal judge declined to intervene to stop construction of a 145-mile (230-kilometer) electricity transmission corridor aimed at bringing Canadian hydropower to the New England grid. Three conservation groups sought the preliminary injunction to allow them time to argue for a more...

$1B power line construction to be delayed by a several weeks

Dec. 3, 2020 10:11 AM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Central Maine Power is delaying the start of construction on a $1 billion transmission project by several weeks or more while it completes the spinoff of a new company that will own and operate the project, officials said. The company had intended to start construction as early as...

A crew from New Brunswick, Canada, works to restore power following a severe rain storm, Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2020, in Brunswick, Maine. The storm knocked out power to  more than 100,000 electricity customers in Maine. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

Utility crews continue work after strong gusts buffet Maine

Dec. 1, 2020 5:17 PM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A powerful storm with gusts topping 60 mph (96 kph) swept across coastal New England, knocking out electricity for more than 100,000 homes and businesses at the storm's peak in Maine, officials said Tuesday. Hundreds of utility crews from as far away as New Jersey and New Brunswick,...