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Environmental board upholds permit for hydropower corridor

Jul. 21, 2022 17:41 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The Maine Department of Environmental Protection’s citizen board on Thursday rejected the latest effort to stop a $1 billion power line, and the next hurdle for the project lies with the state Supreme Court. The Board of Environmental Protection unanimously...

Officials investigate after fire, explosion at Hoover Dam

Jul. 20, 2022 18:34 PM EDT

Equipment failure caused a transformer at the Hoover Dam to explode, causing a fire that lasted about a half-hour and sending plumes of black smoke swirling through the air. Crews quickly extinguished the fire Tuesday morning. Doug Hendrix, public affairs specialist for the U.S....

Hoover Dam transformer explodes; no one hurt

Jul. 20, 2022 00:33 AM EDT

BOULDER CITY, Nev. (AP) — A transformer exploded Tuesday at Hoover Dam, one of the nation's largest hydroelectric facilities, producing a thick cloud of black smoke and flames that were quickly extinguished. No one was hurt in the explosion near the base of the dam, an engineering...

Hoover Dam transformer explodes; no one hurt

Jul. 19, 2022 20:28 PM EDT

BOULDER CITY, Nev. (AP) — A transformer exploded Tuesday at Hoover Dam, one of the nation's largest hydroelectric facilities, producing a thick cloud of black smoke and flames that were quickly extinguished. No one was hurt in the explosion near the base of the dam, an engineering...

Balkan activists keep fighting for Europe’s last wild rivers

Jul. 10, 2022 03:27 AM EDT

SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — It took a decade of court battles and street protests, but Balkan activists fighting to protect some of Europe's last wild rivers have scored an important conservation victory in Bosnia. A new electricity law, which passed Thursday, bans the...

Relicensing for Idaho Power's Hells Canyon Project advancing

Jun. 27, 2022 17:49 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — An Idaho public utility’s nearly two-decade effort to renew its license for a three-dam hydroelectric project on the Snake River on the Idaho-Oregon Border is moving forward with federal regulators announcing plans to update an environmental study. The Federal...

As Po dries up, Italy's food and energy supplies are at risk

Jun. 17, 2022 04:46 AM EDT

BORETTO, Italy (AP) — Water is so low in large stretches of Italy's largest river that local residents are walking through the middle of the expanse of sand and shipwrecks are resurfacing. Authorities fear that if it doesn't rain soon, there'll be a serious shortage of water for...

Ethiopia says willing to resume dam talks with Egypt, Sudan

Jun. 10, 2022 12:08 PM EDT

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — A senior Ethiopian official says his country is interested in resuming talks with Egypt and Sudan on a huge and controversial Blue Nile dam that will be Africa’s largest hydroelectric power plant. The comment by Sileshi Bekele, Ethiopia’s former negotiator...

Replacing benefits of Snake River dams would cost billions

Jun. 09, 2022 17:44 PM EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — The benefits provided by four giant hydroelectric dams on the lower Snake River in Washington state can be replaced if the dams are breached to save endangered salmon runs, according to a new report released Thursday. But it would be expensive. ...

Staff proposal would retain permit for $1B transmission line

May. 16, 2022 14:30 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A proposed Maine Board of Environmental Protection order would let stand a permit issued for a $1 billion electric transmission corridor to serve as a conduit for Canadian hydropower. The draft order was written by environmental agency staff ahead of a...