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Alaska village will install new river power generator

Jul. 17, 2019 6:25 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A tiny Native village in southwest Alaska has turned to an emerging technology to transform the power of a local river into a sustainable energy source that's expected to free residents from dependency on costly diesel fuel. The village council in Igiugig is the first tribal entity...

Judge bars board members from voting on wind farm

Jul. 16, 2019 8:18 AM EDT

KILGORE, Neb. (AP) — A judge has temporarily barred two Cherry County commissioners from voting on a permit for a 19-turbine wind farm west of Kilgore. A landowner and the group Preserve the Sandhills have filed a lawsuit, contending that Commissioners Tanya Storer and Martin DeNaeyer have conflicts of...

Minnesota to consider using energy storage for peaker plants

Jul. 14, 2019 1:07 AM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Gas peaker plants may be among the first casualties of a new Minnesota law requiring utilities to include energy storage as part of their long-range plans. The provision, part of an omnibus jobs and energy bill, "puts energy storage on a level playing field with natural gas plants...

Carbon tax proposal gaining steam on Beacon Hill

Jul. 13, 2019 12:49 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — A bill designed to rev up the state's reliance on renewable energy by imposing a charge on carbon emissions is gaining steam at the Massachusetts Statehouse. Under the proposal, the state would set a fee based on each ton of carbon dioxide emissions produced by fossil fuels. The tax would...

Maine regulator approved 22-turbine wind power project

Jul. 12, 2019 4:40 PM EDT

HALOWELL, Maine (AP) — Maine utilities regulators have approved a long-term power contract for a 72.6-megawatt wind power project in Hancock County. The Maine Public Utilities Commission voted unanimously Friday to approve the rate terms for the development by Weaver Wind LLC. Commission Chairman Philip...

Montana energy storage project lines up financial partner

Jul. 12, 2019 4:12 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Construction on a $1 billion energy storage system in central Montana could start as soon as next year after its sponsors said Friday they reached a financing agreement with a Danish firm that invests in renewable energy. Carl Borgquist, president of Bozeman-based Absaroka Energy,...

Offshore wind farm dealt setbacks by local, US regulators

Jul. 12, 2019 3:44 PM EDT

EDGARTOWN, Mass. (AP) — The company hoping to build a wind farm off the coast of Massachusetts appealed to the state Friday after the project hit snags with local and federal regulators. The Edgartown Conservation Commission on Martha's Vineyard voted this week to deny Vineyard Wind's application to lay...

Trump escapes blame for ethanol policy hurting corn farmers

Jul. 12, 2019 12:44 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Midwest farmers and their Republican elected officials rarely miss a chance to shower President Donald Trump with praise when he takes actions they believe help agriculture, but they're now parsing their words over the administration's policies dealing with ethanol. While they have...

Duke Energy to build solar power plant near Purdue

Jul. 11, 2019 7:40 PM EDT

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) — Duke Energy says it will build a 1.6-megawatt solar power plant in the Discovery Park District near Purdue University's main campus in West Lafayette. Duke said Thursday it will lease about 10 acres from the Purdue Research Foundation for the project it calls the Tippecanoe...

Mexico says US development aid to fund wind farm, LNG plant

Jul. 10, 2019 10:15 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The Mexican government says a natural gas plant and a wind farm to produce electricity will be the first two projects under a U.S. development program to improve the economy of Mexico's poor south as a way to discourage migration. Mexico's foreign ministry said Wednesday that $500...