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Kansas researchers working for more viable rural communities

Jan. 14, 2021 11:55 AM EST

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A group of Kansas researchers believe they have a solution that will help rural communities thrive, simply by helping them optimize how they use their community’s already abundant wind energy opportunities. The projects will create “cheaper energy” that can be used...

Minnesota Power plans to go 100% carbon-free by 2050

Jan. 12, 2021 6:19 PM EST

DULUTH, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota's second-largest utility announced Tuesday that it plans to provide customers 100% carbon-free electricity by 2050. Duluth-based Minnesota Power, which serves about 145,000 homes and businesses in the state's northeast, said it will show its plan for the next 15 years to the...

InvestigateWest: Cascadia not on track to cut emissions

Jan. 11, 2021 12:47 PM EST

To the rest of the world, the United States’ Pacific Northwest and Canada’s British Columbia represent one of the supposedly most eco-friendly regions in North America, if not the globe. And yet on climate change, the biggest environmental challenge of this generation, the governments of...

New Mexico utilities look ahead to renewable energy mandates

Jan. 7, 2021 5:43 PM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A solar project meant to provide 10% of Gallup’s electricity for the next two decades is falling short of expectations, highlighting just one of the challenges as investor-owned utilities and rural electric cooperatives across New Mexico look to boost their share of...

Pattern Energy begins work on New Mexico transmission line

Jan. 4, 2021 2:22 PM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Financing is in place and work has started on a major transmission line that will funnel wind power from central New Mexico to other markets, a California-based renewable energy company announced Monday. Pattern Energy Group expects the Western Spirit transmission line and four...

Illinois panel recommends taller wind turbines amid concerns

Dec. 26, 2020 11:17 AM EST

MONTICELLO, Ill. (AP) — A county board in central Illinois will decide next month whether to approve taller wind turbines despite some residents’ concerns that the loftier structures would become eyesores. Piatt County's zoning board of appeals recently recommended a 625-foot (191-meter) limit for...

Ameren purchases wind farm in northeastern Missouri

Dec. 23, 2020 11:39 AM EST

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Ameren Missouri said Wednesday that it bought its first wind farm and plans to make a “transformational advancement” into renewable energy. The subsidiary of St. Louis-based Ameren Corp. said it closed on its acquisition of the High Prairie Renewable Energy Center in...

FILE - In this Sept. 11, 2019, file photo, is an aerial view of Lake Powell on the Colorado River along the Arizona-Utah border. A set of guidelines for managing the Colorado River helped several states through a dry spell, but it's not enough to keep key reservoirs in the American West from plummeting amid persistent drought and climate change, according to a U.S. report released Friday, Dec. 18, 2020. (AP Photo/John Antczak, File)

Congress takes aim at climate change in massive relief bill

Dec. 21, 2020 7:54 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The huge pandemic relief and spending bill includes billions of dollars to promote clean energy such as wind and solar power while sharply reducing over time the use of potent coolants in air conditioners and refrigerators that are considered a major driver of global warming. The energy...

Wisconsin's original renewables roll with climate change

Dec. 19, 2020 1:02 AM EST

WISCONSIN DELLS, Wis. (AP) — Decades before the construction of Wisconsin’s first coal-fired generator, an engineer named Magnus Swenson and his partners harnessed the power of the Wisconsin River behind a wall of concrete. More than a century later, the Kilbourn dam is still churning out...

This undated image provided by Xcel Energy shows some of the turbines that make up the Sagamore Wind Project near Portales, New Mexico. Xcel officials said the 522-megawatt wind farm is the largest in New Mexico and the second largest in the utility's eight-state system. (Xcel Energy via AP)

Largest wind farm in New Mexico to begin generating power

Dec. 16, 2020 7:34 PM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Work is done on a massive wind farm in eastern New Mexico that Xcel Energy officials said Wednesday will move the utility closer to its goal of being carbon-free by 2050 and help cement the Western state's position when it comes to renewable energy generation. The 240 turbines that...