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Homeowners, group seek action on Alabama Power's solar fee

Apr. 11, 2021 09:02 AM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Homeowners and an environmental group are asking federal regulators to step in over Alabama Power’s fees on home solar panels, fees they argue purposely discourages the use of solar in the sun-rich state. The petition filed with the Federal...

Duke Energy division planning $180M Indiana solar farm

Apr. 10, 2021 09:56 AM EDT

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (AP) — A division of Duke Energy that develops renewable energy projects plans to build a $180 million solar farm in western Indiana that would produce enough electricity to power 35,000 homes. The Hoosier Jack Solar farm proposed by Duke Energy...

Navajo Nation finalizes solar plant leases on tribal land

Apr. 08, 2021 00:32 AM EDT

CAMERON, Ariz. (AP) — The Navajo Nation is moving forward with two more solar plants on the reservation that are expected to generate millions of dollars in revenue for the tribe over the projects' lifetimes. Tribal leaders met at the site of the larger solar plant in...

EXPLAINER: Can Biden add energy jobs? Hope mixes with doubt

Apr. 07, 2021 12:16 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Good-paying jobs — many of them. That′s the seductive idea around which President Joe Biden is proposing a vast transformation of the energy sector, with the promise of making it far more energy-efficient and environmentally friendly. As Biden...

Advanced nuclear reactor proposed in Washington state

Apr. 02, 2021 12:08 PM EDT

RICHLAND, Wash. (AP) — A Maryland-based nuclear energy company has signed a partnership agreement this week with a public utility company in Washington state to develop, build and operate a commercial advanced nuclear power reactor. X-energy of Rockville, Maryland, will...

Peco proposes 9.65% rate increase, citing grid needs

Mar. 31, 2021 13:38 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The electric utility serving the Philadelphia area is seeking a rate increase that would boost a typical monthly residential bill by about $9.68, or 9.65%, citing the need for “significant" grid upgrades and for pandemic-related customer relief. ...

Wyoming lawmakers move ahead with proposed coal lawsuit fund

Mar. 30, 2021 14:14 PM EDT

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming lawmakers advanced a proposal Tuesday to set up a fund to sue states that move away from using coal to generate electricity. A bill to establish a $1.2 million legal fund in the top coal-mining state advanced without objection to a final...

Utah tellurium mine creates new US supply of key mineral

Mar. 27, 2021 12:48 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (AP) — It is eight times rarer than gold, in high demand for its use in photovoltaic solar cells and will soon be recovered in Utah at Rio Tinto’s Kennecott mine as a byproduct of copper smelting. Tellurium is one of the least common elements on...

US lab to build solar power testing center in New Mexico

Mar. 26, 2021 00:36 AM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Sandia National Laboratories has been awarded a $25 million contract to build, test and operate a new solar power test facility on its campus in New Mexico. Using a concentrated beam of sunlight to heat up sand-like particles, lab officials say...

EXPLAINER: Why is Biden halting federal oil and gas sales?

Mar. 23, 2021 12:30 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — President Joe Biden shut down oil and gas lease sales from the nation’s vast public lands and waters in his first days in office, citing worries about climate change. Now his administration has to figure out what do with the multibillion-dollar program without...