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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,...

FILE - In this Jan. 6, 2020, file photo wind turbines stand on a hill and are surrounded by fog and clouds in the Taunus region near Frankfurt, Germany. Environmentally conscious investing received a lot of attention last week after the world’s largest asset manager said it plans to put climate change and sustainability at the center of its investment approach. (AP Photo/Michael Probst, File)

Why that green fund you bought might include a coal miner

Jan. 23, 2020 2:06 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Environmentally conscious investing received a lot of attention last week after the world’s largest asset manager said it plans to put climate change and sustainability at the center of its investment approach. The decision by BlackRock Inc. should create more investment...

Arizona Public Service chairman and CEO Jeff Guldner poses for a portrait Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020, in Phoenix. Arizona's largest electric utility announced that it plans to switch to 100% carbon-neutral power generation by 2050, with a goal in 10 years of hitting the 65% mark. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

Arizona's biggest utility vows all clean power by 2050

Jan. 22, 2020 6:33 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona's largest electric utility said Wednesday that it plans to switch to 100% carbon-neutral power generation by 2050, a sharp turnaround from a company that spent tens of millions of dollars two years ago to fight a ballot measure requiring it to use renewable sources. The move by...

Bill advances to pause Indiana coal power plant closings

Jan. 22, 2020 6:22 PM EST

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A proposal aimed at making it more difficult for Indiana electric companies to close additional coal-fired power plants faces objections from consumer and environmental groups who argue it could stifle growth in renewable energy such as wind and solar power. The Indiana House utilities...

FILE - This Nov. 9, 2009, file photo shows the coal-fired San Juan Generating Station near Farmington, N.M. New Mexico regulators are hearing from the public Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020 as they consider plans by the state's largest electric utility to replace the power that will be lost when the coal-fired station closes in 2022. The hearing before the Public Regulation Commission will stretch into next week, but it could be months before a decision is reached as other aspects of the case are in legal limbo. (AP Photo/Susan Montoya Bryan, File)

New Mexico regulators open hearing on PNM replacement power

Jan. 21, 2020 6:20 PM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico regulators heard from dozens of people Tuesday as they began considering proposals by the state's largest electric utility to replace the power that will be lost with the planned closure of the coal-fired San Juan Generating Station in 2022. The hearing before the...

President Donald Trump meets with Swiss President Simonetta Sommaruga at the World Economic Forum, Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020, in Davos, Switzerland. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

AP FACT CHECK: Trump's Davos remarks rife with distortion

Jan. 21, 2020 5:30 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — On a rarefied world stage in the Swiss Alps, President Donald Trump cited accomplishments on clean air that aren't real, a level of economic progress he hasn't achieved and a blue-collar boom yet to be seen. His preening performance at the Davos economic conference was rife with...

Wyoming, Montana seek Supreme Court ruling on coal exports

Jan. 21, 2020 2:16 PM EST

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming and Montana asked the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday to rule on Washington State's denial of a permit for a port facility that could boost U.S. coal exports. The coal-producing Rocky Mountain states argue the denial violates the Commerce Clause of the U.S. Constitution, which...

Hoosier Energy to close Sullivan County power plant in 2023

Jan. 21, 2020 11:20 AM EST

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — An energy cooperative announced Tuesday it will close a southwestern Indiana power plant in 2023, affecting 185 workers. Bloomington-based Hoosier Energy said it will idle the coal-fired Merom Generating Station in Sullivan County as part of a transition to other energy sources...

SRP seeks solar energy from bidders including Navajo Nation

Jan. 20, 2020 3:50 PM EST

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — One of Arizona's largest utilities is seeking companies to build solar plants to provide up to 400 megawatts of power, including 200 megawatts from Navajo Nation facilities, officials said. Salt River Project issued a request for proposals Jan. 15, The Farmington Daily Times...

Wind farm projects lining up in hills around Montana town

Jan. 20, 2020 11:22 AM EST

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — In the hills around Rapelje, where jackrabbits far outnumber people, there’s a renewable energy powerhouse in the making. Wind farms, four of them in various stages of development, promise to deliver up to 480 megawatts of capacity just as planned coal power plant retirements...