Latest Alternative energy industry News

Deal for Wyoming mines called best-case for idled miners

Oct. 21, 2019 4:55 PM EDT

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Two of the biggest U.S. coal mines have been sold, raising the possibility that hundreds of miners in Wyoming could return to work almost four months after the owner of the mines filed for bankruptcy protection. Tennessee-based Contura Energy announced Monday that Blackjewel closed...

Ex-Tennessee Gov. Bredesen introduces renewable energy firm

Oct. 21, 2019 3:43 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A new business venture by former Tennessee Gov. Phil Bredesen takes on global warming by helping companies fund solar panels in communities with dirty-power electric grids. The Democrat plans to introduce Clearloop on Tuesday at a conference headlined by former New York Mayor...

A gusty Northeast cleans up after storm for the record books

Oct. 17, 2019 1:18 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — A record-breaking autumn storm plunged hundreds of thousands of people into the dark, toppled trees, canceled schools and delayed trains in the Northeast, while persistent winds Thursday hampered efforts to clean up and restore power. The nor'easter brought high winds and rain to the region...

Farmers blame Trump for biofuels rule they view as betrayal

Oct. 16, 2019 4:50 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Agriculture commodity groups and some farmers expressed frustration and anger Wednesday with a rule released by the Environmental Protection Agency that they said fails to uphold a promise President Donald Trump made 12 days ago to fulfill the intent of an ethanol law passed by...

The Latest: 97% of blackout customers have power restored

Oct. 11, 2019 11:47 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Latest on the power shutoff involving California wildfires (all times local): 8:50 p.m. Pacific Gas & Electric says it's restored power to 97% of the customers it deliberately blacked out because of weather-related fire concerns. PG&E reports Friday night that of the...

The Latest: Nobel winner hopes for more breakthroughs

Oct. 9, 2019 11:50 AM EDT

STOCKHOLM (AP) — The Latest on the awarding of the Nobel Prizes (all times local): 5:45 p.m. Nobel chemistry prize winner M. Stanley Whittingham says he hopes the award for work on lithium-ion batteries will "push the field further and faster." The 77-year-old British-American chemistry professor at the...

Trump administration says plan would restore ethanol demand

Oct. 4, 2019 2:09 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Trump administration announced Friday it plans to implement new rules that will increase demand for ethanol, reversing a decline caused by exemptions given to oil refineries. The proposal follows months of complaints by Midwest farmers, politicians and the ethanol industry that...

Western utility to quicken move away from coal-fired power

Oct. 3, 2019 5:59 PM EDT

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — A major Western utility said Thursday it plans to speed up its move away from coal-fired power and get more juice from the sun and wind. Citing financial incentives, Portland, Oregon-based PacifiCorp said it wants to reduce coal-fired generation by two-thirds by 2030 while pursuing a...

President's windmill hatred is a worry for booming industry

Sep. 30, 2019 3:24 PM EDT

BLOCK ISLAND, R.I. (AP) — The winds are blowing fair for America's wind power industry, making it one of the fastest-growing U.S. energy sources. Land-based turbines are rising by the thousands across America, from the remote Texas plains to farm towns of Iowa. And the U.S. wind boom now is expanding...

Africa's charcoal trade is decimating fragile forest cover

Sep. 25, 2019 9:44 AM EDT

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — The machete-wielding men lodge themselves deep inside forests for weeks at a time, felling trees that will be incinerated into pieces of charcoal. Because they often work at night and target seemingly idle public land, they operate with relative impunity while decimating forests in...