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Maine secures deal for discounted energy from Hydro Quebec

Jul. 10, 2020 1:36 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Hydro Quebec has sweetened the pot for Maine under a $1 billion transmission project to bring hydropower to the New England power grid by agreeing to provide discounted energy to the state, Gov. Janet Mills announced Friday. Hydro Quebec will provide enough discounted power for about...

Colorado power plant owners announce generating unit closure

Jul. 9, 2020 6:36 PM EDT

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (AP) — Owners of a coal-fired power plant in Colorado have announced one of three generating units scheduled to close will stop operations in September 2028. PacifiCorp, Platte River Power Authority, Salt River Project, Tri-State and Xcel Energy-Colorado own two of the three...

Cyprus to get 1st natural gas import terminal in 2 years

Jul. 9, 2020 2:42 PM EDT

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Cyprus said it plans to transition to cleaner and cheaper natural gas for energy generation in two years as work officially began Thursday to build the east Mediterranean island nation’s first gas import terminal. Cypriot President Nicos Anatastiades attended a groundbreaking...

Wyoming governor: 10% cuts submitted, 10% more to follow

Jul. 9, 2020 12:53 PM EDT

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming state agencies have submitted plans for 10% budget cuts that could eliminate services for children and the elderly and slash funding for mental health programs, Gov. Mark Gordon said. Another 10% cut across state agencies and layoffs will follow as Wyoming faces a steep...

Lawmakers take up fight against governor's climate strategy

Jul. 8, 2020 5:27 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania's Republican-controlled House of Representatives moved Wednesday to ensure that it can block Gov. Tom Wolf from imposing a price on greenhouse gas emissions from power plants as part of a multi-state effort, although the bill is destined for a veto. Wolf, a Democrat, has...

Editorial Roundup: West Virginia

Jul. 8, 2020 4:51 PM EDT

Recent editorials from West Virginia newspapers: ___ July 8 Bluefield Daily Telegraph on West Virginia's mask mandate: Masks are now considered mandatory in both West Virginia and Virginia. Like it or not, facial coverings are one of the best tools we currently have to slow the surge in new coronavirus cases...

Editorial Roundup: North Carolina

Jul. 8, 2020 4:22 PM EDT

Recent editorials from North Carolina newspapers: ___ July 7 The Fayetteville Observer on how the musical ‘Hamilton’ can be used in education: In the wake of nationwide protests over the police killing of George Floyd in May, some protesters have taken to toppling statues of figures from history...

Utility encourages reduction in power use during peak temps

Jul. 8, 2020 2:40 PM EDT

JOHNSON, Vt. (AP) — Vermont Electric Cooperative in Johnson is encouraging customers to reduce their electricity use Thursday and Friday during high temperatures forecast throughout New England, when demand for electricity is expected to spike. The member-owned utility is advising customers to turn off...

European Commissioner for European Green Deal Frans Timmermans speaks during a media conference at EU headquarters in Brussels, Wednesday, July 8, 2020. The EU wants to promote hydrogen produced from renewable electricity as part of its Green Deal plan to make the continent carbon neutral by 2050. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo, Pool)

EU bets on clean hydrogen to decarbonize and boost economy

Jul. 8, 2020 10:38 AM EDT

The executive branch of the European Union unveiled plans Wednesday to boost the production of clean hydrogen as part of its goal to achieve climate neutrality by 2050 amid criticism from environmental activists and Green lawmakers pushing for a total exclusion of hydrogen produced from fossil fuels. The...

New Mexico utility unveils solar array to power Facebook

Jul. 8, 2020 12:01 AM EDT

RIO RANCHO, N.M. (AP) — The largest electric provider in New Mexico has unveiled its latest solar array, a 50-megawatt facility that was built to power Facebook's Los Lunas Data Center with renewable energy. A virtual ribbon cutting ceremony was held Tuesday for the Encino Solar Field, located in Sandoval...