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Alabama Power fees on solar challenged

Nov. 16, 2019 1:17 PM EST

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — When Jim Bankston installed solar panels on his Tuscaloosa home, he estimated it would trim his electricity bill, and the savings would eventually offset the cost of the hefty investment. After it was running, he noticed fees on his Alabama Power bill that he didn’t...

Telescope protest inspires more Native Hawaiian activism

Nov. 16, 2019 1:15 PM EST

KAHUKU, Hawaii (AP) — Flapping Hawaiian flags adorn a large canopy on the easement of a highway that winds along Oahu’s famed North Shore. Under the tent, protesters come and go. Some of them keep guard overnight, and some stop by to wave at cars honking in support or to drop off supplies in a...

California rules set lower emissions for state vehicle fleet

Nov. 15, 2019 9:14 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California announced new rules Friday for its state vehicle fleet to reduce pollution and reward automakers that are siding with it against the Trump administration. Officials immediately barred state agencies from buying any sedans that only run on internal combustion engines,...

Final environmental analysis of Jordan Cove project issued

Nov. 15, 2019 5:59 PM EST

COOS BAY, Ore. (AP) — The proposed Jordan Cove liquefied natural gas terminal and its 230-mile (370-kilometer) feeder pipeline in southern Oregon would have some adverse and significant impacts, according to staff at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. The agency’s staff issued their final...

Vermont joins states challenging Trump car rules

Nov. 15, 2019 5:08 PM EST

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The state of Vermont is among 22 states and two cities trying to block the Trump administration from ending California’s authority to set greenhouse gas emission and fuel economy standards for cars and trucks. Federal law generally regulates vehicle pollution, but California...

23 states widen challenge to Trump administration car rules

Nov. 15, 2019 4:50 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California on Friday broadened its effort to block the Trump administration from ending its authority to set greenhouse gas emission and fuel economy standards for cars and trucks. It was joined by 22 states, the District of Columbia and two cities in suing the U.S. Environmental...

Arizona utility to install large battery for solar plant

Nov. 15, 2019 4:08 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — A utility cooperative in the Phoenix area has announced plans to boost its solar power battery storage as part of a pledge to add 1,000 megawatts to its supply by 2025. Salt River Project announced plans to add a new 250-megawatt project called Sonoran Energy Center with storage near Buckeye...

Nation’s largest utility in long-term deals to sell power

Nov. 14, 2019 7:33 PM EST

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Most of the local companies that receive power generated by the Tennessee Valley Authority have signed long-term partnership agreements, but some larger customers still have not agreed to the 20-year deals, officials said Thursday. TVA President and CEO Jeff Lyash said during a Board...

EU bank to stop funding fossil fuel projects in 2 years

Nov. 14, 2019 3:37 PM EST

BERLIN (AP) — The European Investment Bank said Thursday that it will stop financing fossil fuel energy projects from the end of 2021 as part of an effort to fight climate change. The decision, which ends fossil fuel funding a year later than initially proposed, follows lengthy negotiations among European...

Colorado commissioners approve land request for solar farm

Nov. 14, 2019 3:06 PM EST

ASPEN, Colo. (AP) — Colorado county commissioners have approved a land-use application for a 18,000-panel solar facility to help promote green energy. Aspen Daily News reports that Pitkin County commissioners unanimously approved the request Wednesday citing it as an important step in reducing the...