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Missouri House passes bill targeting wind energy line

Jan. 27, 2020 6:38 PM EST

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Lawmakers in Missouri's Republican-led state House on Monday voted to ban the use of eminent domain for a large wind-energy power line, a move that could present a major setback for the project. House members voted 118-42 to prevent the use of eminent domain to acquire easement...

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam is greeted as enters to deliver his State of the Commonwealth address, during a joint session of the Virginia Legislature in the House chambers at the Capitol in Richmond, Va., Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2019. (Bob Brown/Richmond Times-Dispatch via AP)

Northam wants 'strict' ban on holding phones while driving

Jan. 27, 2020 12:32 PM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam says he wants a “strict” new ban on holding cellphones while driving, saying tough new laws are needed to cut down on fatal accidents. “Anytime people pick these up and it puts them at risk, it puts other people at risk,” Northam...

Michigan regulators approve smaller utility rate increase

Jan. 25, 2020 4:46 PM EST

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) — Michigan regulators this week approved a rate increase for Indiana Michigan Power, though one significantly smaller than initially sought by the utility. The Michigan Public Service Commission approved an agreement Thursday allowing the Fort Wayne-based company to boost its Michigan...

Applachian Power Co. renews search for solar projects

Jan. 25, 2020 12:56 PM EST

ROANOKE, Va. (AP) — More than a year after requesting proposals for large-scale solar farms, Appalachian Power Co. is still searching for projects. The utility, which issued its call for solar farms in November 2018, recently renewed that request when the first round “did not result in any viable...

FILE - In this Jan. 6, 2016, file photo, people protest against the Jordan Cove LNG Pipeline on Crater Lake Highway in Medford, Ore. A Canadian energy company on Friday, Jan. 24, 2020, withdrew its application for a state permit for the project, and a project spokesman said it is instead awaiting possible federal approval. (Jamie Lusch/The Medford Mail Tribune via AP, File)

Energy firm withdraws permit application for Oregon pipeline

Jan. 24, 2020 8:34 PM EST

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — A Canadian energy company has withdrawn its application for a state permit for a controversial natural gas pipeline and export terminal in Oregon, and a project spokesman said Friday it is instead awaiting possible federal approval. Two Oregon state lawmakers on Friday accused the...

FILE - In this Nov. 21, 1996, file photo, tourists cast their shadows on the ancient Anasazi ruins of Chaco Culture National Historical Park in New Mexico. Lawmakers from the country's largest American Indian reservation may have thrown a wrinkle into efforts aimed at establishing a permanent buffer around the national park as New Mexico's congressional delegation, environmentalists and other tribes try to keep oil and gas development from getting closer to the World Heritage site. Navajo Nation delegates voted Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020, to support a buffer only half the size of the one proposed in legislation pending in Congress. (AP Photo/Eric Draper, File)

Navajo lawmakers opt for smaller buffer around national park

Jan. 24, 2020 7:13 PM EST

Lawmakers from the country's largest American Indian reservation may have thrown a wrinkle into efforts aimed at establishing a permanent buffer around Chaco Culture National Historical Park, as New Mexico’s congressional delegation, environmentalists and other tribes try to keep oil and gas development...

A man burn joss sticks as he prays at the Wong Tai Sin Temple, Friday, Jan. 24, 2020, in Hong Kong, to celebrate the Lunar New Year which marks the Year of the Rat in the Chinese zodiac. China is expanding its lockdown against the deadly new virus to an unprecedented 36 million people and rushing to build a prefabricated, 1,000-bed hospital for victims as the outbreak cast a pall over Lunar New Year, the country’s biggest and most festive holiday. (AP Photo/Achmad Ibrahim)

For businesses, virus in China fans fear and uncertainty

Jan. 24, 2020 6:02 PM EST

China’s worst health crisis in years has sparked fear and uncertainty for businesses from North America to Asia that depend on trade in the affected region. Experts say it’s too soon to know how disruptive the crisis will prove. But it’s already having an impact. McDonald’s has...

Lawmakers propose rival plans to bolster highway revenues

Jan. 23, 2020 8:23 PM EST

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire lawmakers are considering two opposing plans for bolstering state highway revenues. Lawmakers heard two bills on Tuesday that propose new systems for vehicle registration fees in the state in response to a decline in gas tax revenue and road maintenance funding, New...

FILE - In this Nov. 9, 2018, file photo, smoke billows around power transmission lines as the Camp Fire burns in Big Bend, Calif. Pacific Gas & Electric Co., the nation's largest electric utility, filed for bankruptcy last year after facing an estimated $50 billion in damages from several Northern California wildfires that were linked to its equipment, including one blaze in 2018 that killed 85 people and destroyed about 19,000 buildings. (AP Photo/Noah Berger, File)

California bill would make utilities pay some blackout costs

Jan. 23, 2020 8:19 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Californians left in the dark by electric companies that shut off their power to prevent wildfires could get paid for things such as lost wages or spoiled food under a bill that advanced Thursday in the Legislature. In the state plagued by catastrophic blazes started by strong...

FILE - This April, 2006, file photo shows the Four Corners Power Plant in Waterflow, N.M., near the San Juan River in northwestern New Mexico. The closure of the coal-fired power plant on the Navajo Nation sooner than expected will be a major blow to a region where coal has been a mainstay of the economy for decades.
Arizona Public Service Co. now plans to shutter the Four Corners Power Plant in 2031 when its coal contract expires rather than wait until 2038. (AP Photo/Susan Montoya Bryan, File)

Coal industry on Navajo Nation could end with plant closure

Jan. 23, 2020 7:48 PM EST

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — The closure of a coal-fired power plant on the Navajo Nation sooner than expected will be a major blow to a region where coal has been a mainstay of the economy for decades. The Arizona Public Service Co. now plans to shutter the Four Corners Power Plant near Farmington, New Mexico,...