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Utilities: Grid work needed to meet electric vehicle demand

Jul. 07, 2022 11:27 AM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Record-high gas prices have stoked interest in electric vehicles. But Black Hills power providers say improvements are need in the electric grid to keep pace with anticipated sales. The Biden administration has set an ambitious target to make half of all...

Wisconsin court sides with former PSC member in line dispute

Jul. 07, 2022 10:35 AM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Wisconsin Supreme Court's conservative majority on Thursday sided with a former member of the state Public Service Commission who did not want to turn over his cellphone in a fight over the approval of a new power line. Opponents argued that the evidence...

German lawmakers back plan to expand renewable energy

Jul. 07, 2022 10:18 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — German lawmakers on Thursday approved a major package of reforms aimed at boosting the production of renewable power, as Chancellor Olaf Scholz warned that the country has for too long relied on energy supplies from Russia. The government unveiled its 600-page...

EU lawmakers back gas, nuclear energy as sustainable

Jul. 06, 2022 13:58 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union lawmakers voted Wednesday to include natural gas and nuclear in the bloc's list of sustainable activities, backing a proposal from the EU's executive arm that has been drawing fierce criticism from environment groups and now looks set to trigger legal challenges. ...

Water provider asks for nearly 5% rate increase

Jul. 06, 2022 13:14 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia American Water wants a nearly 5% rate increase for customers. The utility asked state regulators last week to approve a the surcharge for infrastructure improvements, the Charleston Gazette-Mail reported. West...

Dam removal temporarily stops due to low water intake levels

Jul. 06, 2022 12:32 PM EDT

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (AP) — Work to remove a dam on the Green River is on hold due to low water intake levels, officials said. Crews began removing Green River Lock and Dam No. 5 last September, but stopped work after Edmonson County Water District General Manager Tony Sanders...

French government plans to nationalize electricity giant EDF

Jul. 06, 2022 12:15 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — France’s government plans to nationalize indebted French electricity giant EDF amid a broad energy crisis aggravated by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, Prime Minister Elisabeth Borne said Wednesday. The French state now holds an 84% stake in the company, one of the...

EXPLAINER: Fears of a natural gas emergency stalk Europe

Jul. 06, 2022 12:13 PM EDT

It’s not a summer heat wave that's making European leaders and businesses sweat. It's fear that Russia's manipulation of natural gas supplies will lead to an economic and political crisis next winter. Or, in the worst case, even sooner if Russia suddenly cuts off the gas. Here are...

Granholm, actor Robert Downey Jr. boost clean energy jobs

Jul. 06, 2022 12:05 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Energy Department is teaming with actor Robert Downey Jr. to recruit up to 1,000 new workers focused on climate change and clean energy. Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm on Wednesday released a video with the “Iron Man” actor encouraging applicants from...

The next frontier for drones: Letting them fly out of sight

Jul. 06, 2022 11:14 AM EDT

REMINGTON, Va. (AP) — For years, there's been a cardinal rule for flying civilian drones: Keep them within your line of sight. Not just because it's a good idea — it's also the law. But some drones have recently gotten permission to soar out of their pilots' sight. They can now...