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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...

Big spending, legal appeals in $1B transmission project

Jul. 7, 2020 1:37 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Central Maine Power and Hydro Quebec have spent more money in support of a $1 billion hydropower transmission project than the spending total on a failed referendum on a casino in York County in 2017, an environmental advocacy group said Tuesday. CMP and Hydro Quebec have together...

Egypt seeks UN resolution on Nile dam ispute with Ethiopia

Jun. 29, 2020 8:23 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Egypt’s foreign minister urged the U.N. Security Council on Monday to adopt a resolution giving international clout to efforts to resolve a dispute over the Ethiopia’s new hydroelectric dam on the Blue Nile which he said endangers the lives of 150 million Egyptians and...

Judge declines to remove referendum from November ballot

Jun. 29, 2020 5:33 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A judge declined Monday to remove a referendum on a $1 billion hydropower transmission project from the November ballot, ruling that constitutional questions can be addressed later if the referendum is enacted. Superior Court Justice Thomas Warren said in his ruling that the lawsuit...

FILE - This satellite image taken Thursday, May 28, 2020, shows the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam on the Blue Nile river in the Benishangul-Gumuz region of Ethiopia. Egypt wants the United Nations Security Council to

Ethiopia says set to begin filling disputed dam in 2 weeks

Jun. 27, 2020 6:18 AM EDT

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — Ethiopia on Saturday said it is set to begin filling a $4.6 billion hydroelectric dam on the Blue Nile within the next two weeks and that construction will continue, hours after the leaders of Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia agreed late Friday to return to talks aimed at reaching an...

FILE - This satellite image taken Thursday, May 28, 2020, shows the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam on the Blue Nile river in the Benishangul-Gumuz region of Ethiopia. Egypt wants the United Nations Security Council to

Nile countries agree to restart talks over disputed dam

Jun. 27, 2020 1:08 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — The leaders of Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia agreed late Friday to return to talks aimed at reaching an accord over the filling of Ethiopia’s new hydroelectric dam on the Blue Nile, according to statements from the three nations. Early Saturday, Seleshi Bekele, Ethiopia’s water and...

FILE - This June 28, 2013 file photo, shows construction work at the site of the planned Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam near Assosa in the Benishangul-Gumuz region of Ethiopia, near Sudan, some 800 kilometers (500 miles) from the capital Addis Ababa. Egypt wants the United Nations Security Council to

Sudan warns window closing in Nile dam dispute, asks UN help

Jun. 25, 2020 7:52 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Sudan has joined Egypt in asking the U.N. Security Council to intervene in a dispute over Ethiopia’s newly built hydroelectric dam on the Blue Nile, warning that the window for the three countries to reach an agreement “is closing by the hour.” Sudanese Foreign...

Lawyers ask judge to remove referendum from November ballot

Jun. 24, 2020 6:29 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Attorneys who contend a referendum on a $1 billion hydropower transmission project is unconstitutional asked a Superior Court judge on Wednesday to remove the question from the November ballot. The lawsuit contends the Maine Constitution links referendums to legislative acts, not...

Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shukry listens during an interview with The Associated Press at his office, in Cairo, Egypt, Sunday, June 21, 2020. Egypt wants the United Nations Security Council to

AP Interview: Egypt wants UN to avert unilateral fill of dam

Jun. 22, 2020 4:30 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt wants the United Nations Security Council to “undertake its responsibilities” and prevent Ethiopia from starting to fill its massive, newly built hydroelectric dam on the Blue Nile next month without an agreement, Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shukry told The Associated...

Sudan says talks on Ethiopia's Nile dam fail to produce deal

Jun. 18, 2020 4:10 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — The latest round of talks between three key Nile basin countries have failed to resolve a contentious dispute over construction of a giant $4.6 billion hydroelectric dam in Ethiopia, Sudan’s irrigation minister said. The yearslong dispute over the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam on the...