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Virginia residents install solar panels on school building

Oct. 25, 2020 9:00 AM EDT

HARRISONBURG, Va. (AP) — When farmers needed help in the past building a barn, the community historically came together for a “barn raising” as many hands make light work. Harrisonburg preserves this timely tradition, not with rural construction, but in implementing solar panels at community...

Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador gives his daily, morning news conference at the presidential palace, Palacio Nacional, in Mexico City, Friday, Oct. 16, 2020. López Obrador said Friday that his ambassador to the United States told him two weeks ago that there was an investigation underway there involving Mexico's former defense secretary, retired Gen. Salvador Cienfuegos, who was arrested Thursday in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte)

US legislators complain to Trump on Mexico energy policy

Oct. 24, 2020 3:50 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Standing in front of a reopened coal-fired power plant, Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador on Saturday defiantly rejected complaints by a group of 43 U.S. lawmakers about government policy favoring state companies in the energy market. Six U.S. senators and 37...

People watch from their vehicle as President Donald Trump, on left of video screen, and Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speak during a Presidential Debate Watch Party at Fort Mason Center in San Francisco, Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020. The debate party was organized by Manny's, a San Francisco community meeting and learning place. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

AP FACT CHECK: Trump and Biden in their last clash on stage

Oct. 24, 2020 7:52 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A more measured President Donald Trump does not necessarily mean a more truthful one. In the final debate of the presidential campaign, he was loose with facts on the crisis of the time — the pandemic — and much else. Trump did, though, exploit confusion sowed by Joe Biden...

Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks during the second and final presidential debate Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020, at Belmont University in Nashville, Tenn., with President Donald Trump. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

Biden calls for 'transition' from oil, GOP sees opening

Oct. 23, 2020 3:20 PM EDT

Democrat Joe Biden's remark that he would “transition” away from oil in the U.S. in favor of renewable energy drew quick attention Thursday night from President Donald Trump, who saw it as a boon to his election chances in key states. “I would transition away from the oil industry, yes,"...

A field of sunflowers is within sight of the Mehrum coal-fired power station, wind turbines and high-voltage lines in Mehrum, Germany, Monday, Aug. 3, 2020. In the energy turnaround, energy sources such as coal are to be replaced by more environmentally friendly energy sources from the sun and wind. The phase-out of coal is planned by 2038 at the latest. (Julian Stratenschulte/dpa via AP)

AP FACT CHECK: Trump's skewed indictment of wind power

Oct. 23, 2020 2:35 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's dismissal of wind power as a glitchy, pricey, bird-slaughtering way to make electricity is out of step with the times. He slammed the technology in his debate with Democrat Joe Biden on Thursday night, falsely contending wind power is dirtier and far pricier than...

Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden answers a question as President Donald Trump listens during the second and final presidential debate Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020, at Belmont University in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Morry Gash, Pool)

AP FACT CHECK: Falsehoods and fumbles in Trump-Biden debate

Oct. 23, 2020 1:10 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The facts took a hit right out of the gate Thursday night. President Donald Trump’s first line of the night, about COVID-19 deaths, was false and set the tone as he and Democratic rival Joe Biden unleashed a torrent of claims in their last presidential debate. Trump misrepresented...

Renewable energy at center of race for Arizona utility board

Oct. 22, 2020 12:47 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — The little-watched race for control of Arizona’s utility regulatory commission could have big implications for power rates and the future of renewable energy. Democrats now have a shot at wresting control of the commission, which is currently controlled 4-1 by Republicans and has had...

The coal-powered Hassyan power plant is under construction in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020. In the oil-rich UAE, an unusual sight is rising in Dubai -- a coal-fired power plant, a first for the region. The $3.4 billion Hassyan power plant in Dubai appears puzzling as the UAE hosts the headquarters of the International Renewable Energy Agency. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)

In Dubai, oil-rich UAE sees a new wonder: A coal power plant

Oct. 22, 2020 2:08 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A new wonder is rising in the southern desert of Dubai against the backdrop of Persian Gulf beaches, but it's not another skyscraper to grace the futuristic sheikhdom. Instead, it's one of mankind's oldest power sources gaining its own space on the oil-rich Arabian...

California’s greenhouse gas emissions rose slightly in 2018

Oct. 19, 2020 11:29 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Greenhouse gas emissions in California increased slightly in 2018 due largely to lower hydroelectric power use, according to a newspaper report Monday. The state Air Resources Board said California emitted the equivalent of 425 million metric tons of carbon dioxide in 2018...

US awards $1.4 billion to help build small reactors in Idaho

Oct. 16, 2020 4:54 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The U.S. Department of Energy on Friday awarded a Utah energy cooperative about $1.4 billion to help build a dozen small nuclear reactors in eastern Idaho. The money spread over 10 years will pay for one-time costs Utah Associated Municipal Power Systems has in developing and building...