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US projections on drought-hit Colorado River grow more dire

Sep. 22, 2021 23:28 PM EDT

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — The U.S. government released projections Wednesday that indicate an even more troubling outlook for a river that serves 40 million people in the American West. The Bureau of Reclamation recently declared the first-ever shortage on the Colorado...

Berea unveils hydroelectric generating plant on Ky. River

Sep. 22, 2021 12:05 PM EDT

BEREA, Ky. (AP) — Berea College has completed work on a hydroelectric plant that will supply renewable power generated from the Kentucky River. The college in eastern Kentucky near the Daniel Boone National Forest said the small-scale plant can generate 2.64 megawatts,...

Louisiana town to pay $2.5M in refunds to utility customers

Sep. 18, 2021 12:38 PM EDT

VIDALIA, La. (AP) — Utility customers of a central Louisiana town soon will be getting a check in the mail, thanks to a $2.5 million royalty refund approved this week by the mayor and council. “We approved the refund on Tuesday and we’re going to sit down and...

Judge: Construction can continue on most of $1B corridor

Sep. 17, 2021 16:58 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Construction on a 145-mile (233-kilometer) electricity transmission corridor in western Maine can continue while litigation proceeds over a 1-mile section that was leased by the state, a state Supreme Court justice ruled. Another judge previously...

Springfield water commission receives $250M EPA loan

Sep. 16, 2021 18:58 PM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — The Springfield Water and Sewer Commission has received a $250 million federal infrastructure loan. The loan is designed to help the agency improve water quality and reliability by rehabilitating aging infrastructure throughout the system. ...

Brazil water survey heightens alarm over extreme drought

Aug. 27, 2021 13:49 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — The Brazilian scientists were skeptical. They ran different models to check calculations, but all returned the same startling result. The country with the most freshwater resources on the planet steadily lost 15% of its surface water since 1991....

InvestigateWest: Can West learn to share renewable power?

Aug. 24, 2021 12:22 PM EDT

March of 2019 opened with a deep chill across Cascadia. Arctic air poured south, jacking up energy consumption and straining energy supplies in Oregon, Washington and British Columbia. It conjured a “perfect” storm for the region’s electricity grid. As temperatures...

Lines to plug NYC into green power to be buried or submerged

Aug. 17, 2021 12:22 PM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — There's a disconnect in the effort to make New York state less reliant on fossil fuels. Solar farms, wind turbines and hydro dams are producing more renewable power for the state, but it can be difficult to deliver that power south to the massive...

Mainers to vote on hydropower corridor, right to food

Aug. 06, 2021 14:06 PM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A couple of high-profile ballot questions will appear before Maine voters this November. One question will ask residents if they want to ban construction of high-impact electric transmission lines in the Upper Kennebec region. It also asks if...

California hydroelectric plant shut as water level drops

Aug. 05, 2021 23:05 PM EDT

OROVILLE, Calif. (AP) — Drought-stricken California on Thursday shut down one of its largest hydroelectric plants because there's not enough water to power it. The six-turbine Edward Hyatt Power Plant was taken off-line after the water level in the Oroville Dam...