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US takes steps to protect electric system from cyberattacks

Apr. 20, 2021 15:12 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration is taking steps to protect the country's electricity system from cyberattacks through a new 100-day initiative combining federal government agencies and private industry. The initiative, announced Tuesday by the Energy...

Firm plans line to bring future wind energy ashore in NJ

Apr. 20, 2021 13:52 PM EDT

KEYPORT, N.J. (AP) — A Massachusetts company plans to build a high-voltage line to bring electricity from a future New Jersey offshore wind farm onto land, and connect it to the power grid. Anbaric, of Wakefield, Massachusetts, has already obtained several permits from...

US lab looks to boost power supply ahead of nuclear mission

Apr. 20, 2021 13:17 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The U.S. government plans to build a new transmission line and make other upgrades costing hundreds of million dollars to ensure its laboratory in northern New Mexico has enough electricity for ongoing operations and future missions that include manufacturing key...

Also roaring back from pandemic: earth-warming emissions

Apr. 20, 2021 12:55 PM EDT

SILVER SPRING, Md. (AP) — Global warming emissions are expected to spike this year as the world emerges from the coronavirus pandemic and economies begin to recover. Worldwide energy-related carbon dioxide emissions could surge by 1.5 billion metric tons this year,...

Nuclear waste structures in Washington state are stabilized

Apr. 20, 2021 12:24 PM EDT

TRI-CITIES, Wash. (AP) — The U.S. Department of Energy has confirmed that two underground structures at the decommissioned Hanford nuclear reservation in Washington state have been stabilized after they were deemed at risk of collapsing and spreading radioactive contamination into the air....

Editorial Roundup: West Virginia

Apr. 20, 2021 09:48 AM EDT

Recent editorials from West Virginia newspapers: ___ April 20 The Intelligencer on profound changes needed to solve the opioid crisis: If the human toll is not enough reason for some elected and bureaucratic...

Kentucky AG: Settlement will reduce electric rate increase

Apr. 20, 2021 08:19 AM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron has announced a settlement with the state's two largest electric utilities to reduce proposed rate increases. Cameron's office said the settlement would save ratepayers at LG&E and Kentucky Utilities...

Kosovar biologist calls newly found insect after coronavirus

Apr. 20, 2021 03:58 AM EDT

PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — Kosovar biologist Halil Ibrahimi believes the pandemic restrictions haven't all been bad — as a result of them, he completed his research, raised public awareness of the pollution of river basins and named a newly discovered insect after the virus. ...

Proposed New Mexico utility merger spurs numerous concerns

Apr. 19, 2021 21:25 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Consumer advocacy groups, environmentalists and the New Mexico attorney general’s office are concerned about a proposed multibillion-dollar merger of the state’s largest electric utility with a U.S. subsidiary of global renewable energy giant Iberdrola. ...

Mexican president wants work visas, citizenship for farmers

Apr. 19, 2021 20:32 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said Monday he will ask U.S. President Joe Biden to give work visas to Mexican farmers who participate in a government tree-planting program. López Obrador touted the program as a way to help the...