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New Mexico utility examiners recommend closing energy plant

Feb. 25, 2020 4:39 PM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Utility examiners in New Mexico backed a plan to close a coal-fired power station. The Albuquerque Journal reported Monday that examiners recommended the state Public Regulation Commission should approve the Public Service Company of New Mexico’s request to abandon the San...

State gives go-ahead to share of massive wind farm project

Feb. 23, 2020 1:36 PM EST

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An Oklahoma electric utility now has approval from the state for a share of a massive wind farm project proposed for seven counties in north-central Oklahoma. Public Service Co. of Oklahoma's 675-megawatt share of the four-state project was approved last week by the Oklahoma...

In this Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2020 photo, heavy equipment is used to prep for work on the Western Spirit Transmission Line in Bosque, N.M. Critics fear the project's huge towers and miles of high-voltage lines will spoil their rural quality of life by obstructing pristine vistas, impacting wildlife and undermining tourism-related income and property values.   (Adolphe Pierre-Louis/The Albuquerque Journal via AP)

New Mexico counties, rural residents fight transmission line

Feb. 23, 2020 11:10 AM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Officials in Two New Mexico counties and rural residents are standing up against a proposed transmission line that would connect the potential for more wind farms with markets in other western states. The five-member Valencia County Commission voted unanimously in January to...

Last smokestack demolished at former coal-fired power plant

Feb. 22, 2020 3:52 PM EST

SOMERSET, Mass. (AP) — The single remaining smokestack at Massachusetts' last coal-fired power plant has been demolished. A controlled implosion brought down the 500-foot (152-meter) smokestack in seconds at the former Brayton Point power plant in Somerset on Saturday morning. WJAR-TV captured photos and...

In this Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020 photo, Rabbi Moti Rieber, executive director of the Kansas Interfaith Alliance, testifies against a bill to bar cities and counties from banning single-use plastic bags and straws, at the Statehouse in Topeka, Kan. Rieber says he's frustrated that lawmakers are considering such a measure and not having a meaningful conversation about climate change. (AP Photo/John Hanna)

As climate changes, activists struggle for Kansas' attention

Feb. 20, 2020 9:45 PM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Environmentalists are struggling to get lawmakers to even discuss climate change as a serious issue in Kansas, where some leaders of the Republican-controlled Legislature question the widespread scientific consensus that human activity is dangerously warming the planet. States such as...

Hawaiian Electric renewable energy use increased last year

Feb. 14, 2020 9:46 AM EST

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaiian Electric's use of renewable energy in 2019 increased over 2018 despite the unavailability of geothermal energy production on the Big Island and significantly lower wind energy production, the company said. Hawaiian Electric said energy generated by renewable resources increased by...

Timeline for proposed wind farm off New England pushed back

Feb. 12, 2020 4:01 PM EST

The target operation date for a proposed wind farm off the coast of New England was pushed back because of permitting delays, the company behind the project said. Vineyard Wind said Tuesday that it had received word from the Department of Interior that the final environmental impact study for the 84-turbine,...

Virginia lawmakers pass major renewable energy legislation

Feb. 11, 2020 9:48 PM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The Virginia House and Senate passed sweeping energy legislation Tuesday that would overhaul how Virginia's utilities generate electricity and, supporters say, move the state from the back of the pack to the forefront of renewable energy policy in the United States. Critics, though,...

Plan to upgrade Connecticut pier for wind industry approved

Feb. 11, 2020 7:21 PM EST

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A plan to upgrade a southeastern Connecticut port so it can become a staging area for the offshore wind industry has been approved. Members of the Connecticut Port Authority on Tuesday voted unanimously to authorize the $157 million state pier project in New London. Democratic Gov....

Coal shipping in Twin Ports drops while wind cargo surges

Feb. 11, 2020 1:37 PM EST

SUPERIOR, Wis. (AP) — The Twin Ports of Duluth-Superior recorded its lowest level of coal cargo in three decades during the 2019 shipping season, but says it handled a record amount of freight carrying components used for generating wind power. The decline comes as demand for renewable energy sent a record...