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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...

Oregon governor calls for breaching 4 Snake River dams

Feb. 15, 2020 5:30 PM EST

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The governor of Oregon has come out in favor of removing four hydroelectric dams on the Snake River in Washington state, saying that is the best way to increase endangered salmon runs. Gov. Kate Brown, a Democrat, sent a letter to Washington’s Democratic Gov. Jay Inslee this week,...

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...

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa delivers his State of the Nation Address in Cape Town, South Africa, Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020. (Sumaya Hisham/Pool Photo via AP)

South Africa seeks more renewable energy amid power cuts

Feb. 13, 2020 3:42 PM EST

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa’s president said Thursday the coal-dependent country will turn to more renewable energy as one way to help ease power cuts that have “severely set back” efforts to rebuild the weak economy. But he warned of more blackouts in the immediate future. South...

Timeline for proposed wind farm off New England pushed back

Feb. 12, 2020 4:01 PM EST

The target operation date for a proposed wind farm off the coast of New England was pushed back because of permitting delays, the company behind the project said. Vineyard Wind said Tuesday that it had received word from the Department of Interior that the final environmental impact study for the 84-turbine,...

University of Utah's electricity fueled by renewable energy

Feb. 12, 2020 1:02 PM EST

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The University of Utah has agreed to an energy deal to allow the school to get more than half of its electricity through renewable sources, making it the first public college in the state to do so. The university finalized the purchase of geothermal energy with Cyrq Energy in...

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,...

A protester holds a placard at a rally of advocates to voice opposition to efforts by the Trump administration to weaken the National Environmental Policy Act, which is the country's basic charter for protection of the outdoors on Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Push to scale back US environmental law draws ire at hearing

Feb. 11, 2020 5:04 PM EST

DENVER (AP) — The Trump administration on Tuesday hosted the first of two hearings on its proposal to speed energy and other projects by rolling back a landmark environmental law. Opponents from Western states argued the long-term benefits of keeping the environmental reviews. Among other changes,...