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State agency selects Vineyard Wind for offshore wind bid

Dec. 6, 2019 6:53 PM EST

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) — The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection has announced the largest purchase of renewable energy in the state's history. Vineyard Wind was selected to provide 14% of the states electricity, 804 megawatts, via offshore wind power, according to the agency. ...

Renewable energy groups push NY to put a price on carbon

Dec. 5, 2019 4:49 PM EST

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Renewable energy groups are pushing New York to help meet its ambitious climate change goals by charging electric generators for the carbon pollution they create. Putting a price on carbon will help New York meets its aggressive goal of 70% of its electricity coming from wind, solar and...

Wyoming wind farm gets permit for 277 turbines

Dec. 5, 2019 11:44 AM EST

LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) — The Wyoming Industrial Siting Council has approved a permit to construct a 277-turbine wind farm on the border of Albany and Carbon counties. The Laramie Boomerang reports that when the council approved the permit application last month, it also required developer BluEarth Renewables...

Sununu signs order on offshore wind development

Dec. 4, 2019 7:34 AM EST

Concord, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu has signed an executive order preparing the state for future offshore wind development. The order signed Tuesday establishes four advisory boards focused on fisheries and endangered species, workforce and economic development, offshore industries and...

China’s climate paradox: A leader in coal and clean energy

Dec. 2, 2019 7:22 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — As world leaders gather in Spain to discuss how to slow the warming of the planet, a spotlight falls on China — the top emitter of greenhouse gases. China burns about half the coal used globally each year. Between 2000 and 2018, its annual carbon emissions nearly tripled, and it...

Environmentalists worried over Nevada rare toad’s habitat

Dec. 2, 2019 1:47 PM EST

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Environmentalists are warning that a planned geothermal energy plant in Northern Nevada could threaten the habitat of a rare toad. The future of a big-eyed, freckled creature known as the Dixie Valley toad is at the center of an expected fight as environmentalists seek federal protection...

Construction begins on solar project in southeast Arkansas

Dec. 2, 2019 1:29 PM EST

LAKE VILLAGE, Ark. (AP) — Workers have begun construction on a new solar project in southeast Arkansas that’s expected to produce enough electricity to power more than 18,000 homes once it’s up and running. The Chicot Solar Energy Center near Lake Village is a project of NextEra Energy...

The Latest: Poland to focus on clean energy

Dec. 2, 2019 12:13 PM EST

MADRID (AP) — The Latest on the COP25 climate summit in Madrid (all times local): 6:10 p.m. The head of Poland’s new Climate Ministry has said his goal is to redouble efforts to cut carbon gas emissions and faster develop clean energy sources. Poland is one of Europe’s largest coal producers...

Navajo Nation to convert methane into hydrogen for power

Nov. 28, 2019 12:54 PM EST

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Navajo Nation announced this week it has signed a contract with renewable energy companies to convert methane vented from its oil producing operations in southeastern Utah into more eco-friendly hydrogen. The plan was announced Monday at the Utah state Capitol and hailed by Laura...

Montana panel leaves Colstrip closure risk out of rate case

Nov. 26, 2019 3:09 PM EST

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Montana’s Public Service Commission expressed “significant doubt” Monday that the Colstrip Power Plant would burn more a than a few more years and acknowledged risks of $300 million for NorthWestern Energy customers if the utility doesn’t address early...