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US warns that chip shortage could shut down factories

Jan. 25, 2022 14:07 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. supply of computer chips has fallen to alarmingly low levels, raising the prospect of factory shutdowns, the Commerce Department reported Tuesday. Companies that use semiconductors are down to less than five days of inventory — a sharp drop from 40 days...

GM to spend nearly $7B on EV, battery plants in Michigan

Jan. 25, 2022 13:23 PM EST

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — General Motors is making the largest investment in company history in its home state of Michigan, announcing plans to spend nearly $7 billion to convert a factory to make electric pickup trucks and to build a new battery cell plant. The moves, announced...

Intel to build $20B Ohio chip facility amid global shortage

Jan. 24, 2022 22:11 PM EST

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Chipmaker Intel said Friday it will invest $20 billion to build a new factory in Ohio, an attempt to help alleviate a global shortage of chips powering everything from phones to cars to home appliances while also signaling the giant company’s commitment to manufacturing...

Editorial Roundup: Iowa

Jan. 24, 2022 14:42 PM EST

Des Moines Register. Jan. 24, 2022. Editorial: Des Moines City Council should reverse insulting plan to silence Indira Sheumaker Frank Cownie, Connie Boesen, Joe Gatto, Josh Mandelbaum, Carl Voss and Linda Westergaard need thicker skin. And some more patience. ...

Mexico's energy reform strains ties with US

Jan. 22, 2022 17:36 PM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico’s plan to favor its own state-owned electrical power plants and limit energy sales by private, foreign-built projects could affect U.S. investment in Mexico, officials said during bilateral talks this week. According to statements issued Friday, the...

Utility asks court to overturn rejection of power plant plan

Jan. 22, 2022 13:59 PM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico’s largest electric provider is asking the state Supreme Court to overturn a decision by regulators and let the utility proceed with a plan to transfer its shares in a coal-fired power plant to a Navajo energy company. A filing Friday by Public...

Planned natural gas plants would cost $900M, run 10% of time

Jan. 22, 2022 12:13 PM EST

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A southern Indiana utility wants to build two new natural gas plants, and a pipeline to get the fuel to them, outside Evansville. CenterPoint Energy, formerly known as Vectren, said this project will help the utility with its transition to renewable energy. It...

Alabama Power to pay state fine, stop coal burning at plant

Jan. 22, 2022 11:15 AM EST

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama Power Co. will pay $75,000 in fines and stop burning coal in a unit that released too much hydrochloric acid at a generating plant north of Mobile under an agreement with state environmental regulators. The settlement came as the utility agreed to a...

Tampa neighborhood’s abandoned chickens find sanctuary

Jan. 22, 2022 03:12 AM EST

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — It started as a playful Instagram page dedicated to Ybor City’s free-roaming flocks of chickens. Dylan Breese, the founder of The Ybor Chickens Society Instagram page, gave the birds names that matched their personalities. He shared details of their days. ...

Renewables helping some rural cooperatives with bottom line

Jan. 22, 2022 01:12 AM EST

BRAINERD, Minn. (AP) — In a field in Ramsey north of the Twin Cities, a solar array is producing power from the sun. What’s unusual about this array are the large white boxes connected to it that are the size of shipping containers. They’re batteries that store energy when the...