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Puerto Rico sets 7th electric rate increase in just a year

Jun. 29, 2022 19:35 PM EDT

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Officials in Puerto Rico announced another electric rate increase Wednesday, the seventh in a year amid continuing power outages and the U.S. territory's economic crisis. For a client that consumes 800 kilowatt hours, the new rate will be 33 cents per...

Rhode Island sets ambitious target for 100% renewable energy

Jun. 29, 2022 11:40 AM EDT

Rhode Island’s governor signed legislation Wednesday setting the most ambitious target in the nation to require the state to be powered completely by renewable energy. The legislation accelerates plans for the electric grid to operate with 100% renewable energy, so the goal is...

Funds for climate justice flow to groups around the U.S.

Jun. 29, 2022 08:39 AM EDT

Fourteen environmental justice organizations from around the United States have begun to receive money under the Justice40 initiative, a business accelerator announced Wednesday. The Justice40 Accelerator said the groups will receive some $3 million for work ranging from solar training in Detroit,...

China's Baidu races Waymo, GM to develop self-driving cars

Jun. 28, 2022 23:51 PM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — With no one at the wheel, a self-driving taxi developed by tech giant Baidu Inc. is rolling down a Beijing street when its sensors spot the corner of a delivery cart jutting into its lane. The taxi stops a half-car-length away. “So sorry,” a recorded voice tells...

Swedish utility mulls building new small nuclear reactors

Jun. 28, 2022 09:18 AM EDT

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Swedish power utility Vattenfall said Tuesday it is considering building at least two new small nuclear reactors to deal with a projected rise in electricity consumption over the coming decades. Sweden initially had aimed to phase out nuclear power...

US, French companies to supply fuel to Czech nuclear plant

Jun. 28, 2022 05:20 AM EDT

PRAGUE (AP) — The Czech Republic has signed deals with Westinghouse Electric Co. and France’s Framatome to deliver fuel supplies for a nuclear power plant, reducing the country’s dependence on Russia. The Czech state-controlled power company CEZ said on Tuesday that...

New Mexico inks trust land leases for massive wind project

Jun. 27, 2022 17:52 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico’s public land commissioner on Monday signed nearly a dozen leases that will clear the way for a major renewable energy developer to erect wind turbines across 230 square miles (595 square kilometers) of state trust land. Officials are billing...

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...

Wind farm, environmentalists agree on ways to protect whales

Jun. 27, 2022 12:04 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — The developers of an offshore wind farm and three environmental organizations announced Monday that they have reached an agreement to further protect rare North Atlantic right whales during construction and operation of the energy-generating project. The agreement...

Tokyo warned of power crunch as Japan endures heat wave

Jun. 27, 2022 04:56 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — People in Tokyo are sweating it out as the government warns of possible power shortages and urges greater efforts to conserve energy while Japan endures unseasonably hot temperatures. Weather officials announced the earliest end to the annual summer rainy season since...