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Portland to vote on joining a solar collective

Feb. 18, 2020 2:23 PM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The Portland City Council will discuss joining other large-scale energy users to encourage the construction of solar farms across Maine. The council is expected to vote Wednesday on whether to allow the city manager to join the consortium and commit to purchasing electricity from it...

Solar energy facility set to be built in north Mississippi

Feb. 18, 2020 12:49 PM EST

COLUMBUS, Miss. (AP) — A renewable energy company will build a 200-megawatt solar facility in northeast Mississippi, under a contract with the Tennessee Valley Authority. TVA awarded the contract to Florida-based Origis Energy, the Commercial Dispatch reported. Johan Vanhee, chief commercial and...

FILE - In this Thursday, Sept. 19, 2019 file photo, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos walks off stage after holding a news conference at the National Press Club in Washington to announce the Climate Pledge, setting a goal to meet the Paris Agreement 10 years early. On Monday, Feb. 17, 2020, Bezos said that he plans to spend $10 billion of his own fortune to help fight climate change. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Jeff Bezos commits $10 billion to fight climate change

Feb. 17, 2020 9:48 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon founder Jeff Bezos said Monday that he plans to spend $10 billion of his own fortune to help fight climate change. Bezos, the world’s richest person, said in an Instagram post that he'll start giving grants this summer to scientists, activists and nonprofits working to protect...

Michigan State green-lights installation of solar array

Feb. 15, 2020 2:17 PM EST

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan State University officials on Friday approved the installation of a solar array as part of an effort to boost environmental sustainability. The university's Board of Trustees gave the go-ahead to install a 20-megawatt solar array on roughly 100 acres south of the East...

West Virginia Senate passes solar bill with nods to coal

Feb. 14, 2020 2:11 PM EST

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia Senate on Friday passed a bill encouraging power companies to use solar energy in a bid to lure businesses to the state. But they're making it clear that they don't want the coal industry to feel left out. The proposal, which would create a regulatory program for...

Hawaiian Electric renewable energy use increased last year

Feb. 14, 2020 9:46 AM EST

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaiian Electric's use of renewable energy in 2019 increased over 2018 despite the unavailability of geothermal energy production on the Big Island and significantly lower wind energy production, the company said. Hawaiian Electric said energy generated by renewable resources increased by...

Virginia lawmakers pass major renewable energy legislation

Feb. 11, 2020 9:48 PM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The Virginia House and Senate passed sweeping energy legislation Tuesday that would overhaul how Virginia's utilities generate electricity and, supporters say, move the state from the back of the pack to the forefront of renewable energy policy in the United States. Critics, though,...

Coal shipping in Twin Ports drops while wind cargo surges

Feb. 11, 2020 1:37 PM EST

SUPERIOR, Wis. (AP) — The Twin Ports of Duluth-Superior recorded its lowest level of coal cargo in three decades during the 2019 shipping season, but says it handled a record amount of freight carrying components used for generating wind power. The decline comes as demand for renewable energy sent a record...

Rhode Island residents to get power from new solar project

Feb. 6, 2020 4:04 PM EST

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island residents will get power from a large solar project set to be built in Connecticut. The Office of Energy Resources announced Wednesday that all of the state's electric utilities have agreed to buy power from a 50-megawatt solar array being developed near Hartford, the...

State Rep. Ed Soliday, R-Valparaiso, speaks about a bill aimed at making it more difficult for Indiana electric companies to close more coal-fired power plants during Indiana House debate on Monday, Feb. 3, 2020, at the Statehouse in Indianapolis. House members voted 52-41 in favor of the bill, which faces objections from consumer and environmental groups who argue it could stifle growth in renewable energy such as wind and solar power. (AP Photo/Tom Davies)

Indiana House backs slowing coal power plant closures

Feb. 3, 2020 5:29 PM EST

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Indiana House narrowly endorsed on Monday a proposal aimed at making it more difficult for Indiana electric companies to close more coal-fired power plants. House members voted 52-41 in favor of the bill that would impose additional state reviews on utility companies for the coming...