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New Mexico water provider stops diverting from Rio Grande

Jun. 18, 2021 16:38 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — One of New Mexico’s largest drinking water providers has stopped pulling from the Rio Grande to help prevent the stretch of the river that runs through Albuquerque from going dry this summer. The curtailment that went into effect Friday came...

Chlorine shortage: Cities ask people to reduce water use

Jun. 18, 2021 14:54 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Authorities in Lake Oswego and Tigard in Oregon and Anacortes in Washington are among the communities asking residents to reduce water use during a chlorine shortage. Oregon Public Broadcasting reports the chemical used in small amounts by water...

Tens of thousands in dark after blackout hits USVI

Jun. 18, 2021 13:49 PM EDT

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — The U.S. Virgin Islands' power company on Friday reported a complete blackout in St. John and St. Thomas, which is the U.S. territory's most populated island. Officials said the outage occurred late Thursday when a key power plant lost all...

Iowa's high court stops lawsuit over farm runoff pollution

Jun. 18, 2021 13:03 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A sharply divided Iowa Supreme Court on Friday stopped a lawsuit aimed at reducing the flow of fertilizer and hog farm waste into the state's river and streams, finding that limiting pollution from farms was a political matter and not one for the courts. ...

California urges power conservation for second day amid heat

Jun. 17, 2021 21:20 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — California's power grid operator called for a second day of voluntary energy conservation and the governor declared an emergency as much of the state sweltered under a heat wave that has baked the U.S. West. The California Independent System Operator...

Sponsors defend NC energy bill goals while Cooper pans it

Jun. 17, 2021 18:54 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Negotiators of a wide-ranging North Carolina energy bill to retire Duke Energy coal-fired electricity plants, expand solar power production and keep nuclear power defended their goals on Thursday despite current opposition to the measure from interest groups and Gov....

Plan to raze 4 dams on California-Oregon line clears hurdle

Jun. 17, 2021 18:30 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A proposal to bring down four hydroelectric dams near the California-Oregon border cleared a major regulatory hurdle Thursday, setting the stage for the largest dam demolition project in U.S. history to save imperiled migratory salmon. The Federal...

Ohio governor: House expulsion vote should be respected

Jun. 17, 2021 18:06 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio House’s decision to expel former representative Larry Householder was a choice to be respected, Gov. Mike DeWine said Thursday while repeating his belief that Householder should have resigned. Householder, a Republican like DeWine, was...

Georgia Power seeks $235M boost to pay for nuclear plant

Jun. 17, 2021 17:28 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia Power Co. is asking regulators to let it raise annual rates on customers by $235 million a year as the utility seeks to pay for its share of a huge nuclear project. The company says the proposal would raise bills for a typical residential customer...

Drought saps California reservoirs as hot, dry summer looms

Jun. 17, 2021 15:11 PM EDT

OROVILLE, Calif. (AP) — Each year Lake Oroville helps water a quarter of the nation’s crops, sustain endangered salmon beneath its massive earthen dam and anchor the tourism economy of a Northern California county that must rebuild seemingly every year after unrelenting wildfires. ...