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Co-op to receive power from largest wind farm in ND

Jan. 19, 2022 11:46 AM EST

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A Minnesota-based cooperative plans to receive power from what is expected to be the largest stand-alone wind farm in North Dakota. The Great River Energy cooperative and wind developer Apex Clean Energy formally announced plans Tuesday for the 400-megawatt...

South Korea and Saudi Arabia need oil but eye clean energy

Jan. 18, 2022 20:32 PM EST

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — A delegation led by South Korea’s president visiting Saudi Arabia inked a preliminary deal Tuesday to explore a project to develop a potentially cleaner form of energy. The development comes even as Saudi Arabia remains South Korea’s top supplier of crude oil. ...

Majority of US states pursue nuclear power for emission cuts

Jan. 18, 2022 17:23 PM EST

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — As climate change pushes states in the U.S. to dramatically cut their use of fossil fuels, many are coming to the conclusion that solar, wind and other renewable power sources might not be enough to keep the lights on. Nuclear power is emerging as an answer...

Official: Japan hopes to lead Asian zero-emissions push

Jan. 18, 2022 06:45 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Japan will gradually phase out coal plants over the next two decades while developing new technologies to reduce, capture and utilize carbon, Environment Minister Tsuyoshi Yamaguchi said Tuesday. Yamaguchi said in an interview with The Associated Press that Japan hopes...

Governors turn to budgets to guard against climate change

Jan. 15, 2022 11:37 AM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Their state budgets flush with cash, Democratic and Republican governors alike want to spend some of the windfall on projects aimed at slowing climate change and guarding against its consequences, from floods and wildfires to dirty air. Democratic...

UVM Medical Center reopens inpatient rehab at Fanny Allen

Jan. 15, 2022 11:11 AM EST

COLCHESTER, Vt. (AP) — The University of Vermont Medical Center has reopened its inpatient rehabilitation facility at its Fanny Allen campus in Colchester after working more than a year to solve an air quality issue, the hospital said. The issue made some staff feel dizzy and...

Fire erupts near chemical plant; residents told to stay away

Jan. 15, 2022 04:58 AM EST

PASSAIC, N.J. (AP) — A fire near a New Jersey chemical plant with flames and smoke visible for miles in the night sky spread to multiple buildings in the complex Friday, threatening to reach the plant's chemical storage area, authorities said. Passaic Mayor Hector Lora told...

Partnership will dispose of ammonia plant's emissions

Jan. 11, 2022 12:28 PM EST

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A pipeline operator that plans to transport carbon dioxide to North Dakota for disposal will partner with an ammonia plant developer to pick up its emissions from a Grand Forks facility. Pipeline developer Summit Carbon Solutions and ammonia plant developer...

Germany faces 'gigantic' task meeting energy, climate goals

Jan. 11, 2022 08:09 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Germany's new climate minister said Tuesday that the country faces a “gigantic” task if it wants to achieve its goals for reducing greenhouse gas emissions while ensuring sufficient energy for its energy-hungry industry. Robert Habeck, a member of the...

Mining company buys four battery-powered locomotives

Jan. 10, 2022 18:11 PM EST

PITTSBURGH (AP) — One of the biggest locomotive manufacturers is selling more of its new battery-powered locomotives as railroads and mining companies work to reduce their carbon emissions. Wabtec said Monday that Rio Tinto has agreed to buy four of its new FLXdrive locomotives for...