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Work underway on Xcel Energy wind farm in eastern New Mexico

Feb. 26, 2020 12:18 AM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Texas-based Xcel Energy has poured the first 66 foundations for what will be a 240-turbine wind farm in eastern New Mexico. Xcel Energy recently began construction on a $900 million wind farm southeast of Portales, New Mexico, the Santa Fe New Mexican reports. The 522-megawatt...

FILE - In this Dec. 18, 2019, file photo, Republican U.S. House hopeful Yvette Herrell of New Mexico waits for a news conference in Albuquerque, N.M. A March 2016 email from Herrell asked fellow Republican state legislators if they were interested in supporting U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz for president and if they would like to sign an attached endorsement card. (AP Photo/Russell Contreras, File)

New Mexico oil group, GOP House hopeful condemn candidate ad

Feb. 25, 2020 10:46 PM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A radio ad from a New Mexico GOP House candidate suggesting that her Republican oil executive opponent endorses “New Green Deal” policies pushed by liberal Democratic U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York is drawing strong condemnation. The ad paid by Yvette...

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...

FILE - In this Aug. 16, 2019 file photo, the logo for JPMorgan Chase & Co. appears above a trading post on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.  JPMorgan Chase & Co. will no longer do business with coal companies and will restrict financing to companies that drill in the Arctic, the company announced Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020 The announcement came in tandem with the bank announcing it would extend $200 billion in financing to clean and renewable energy companies by 2025.  (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

JPMorgan to stop lending to coal companies, arctic drillers

Feb. 25, 2020 12:39 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — JPMorgan Chase & Co. will no longer do business with coal companies and will restrict financing to companies that drill in the Arctic, the company announced Tuesday. The announcement came in tandem with the bank announcing it would extend $200 billion in financing to clean and...

Judge nixes environmental agency challenge to utility regs

Feb. 24, 2020 7:59 PM EST

DOVER, Del. (AP) — A judge has rejected a challenge by state environmental officials to rules issued by Delaware utility regulators regarding renewable energy requirements. The judge on Monday ruled that the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control has no standing to challenge regulations...

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...

Project doubling Indiana Michigan Power's solar generation

Feb. 23, 2020 9:51 AM EST

GRANGER, Ind. (AP) — Construction is expected to start this spring on a project more than doubling Indiana Michigan Power’s electricity production from solar energy sources. The Fort Wayne-based company has won approval from the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission for the solar farm planned for...

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...