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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...

NJ Transit backs off plan to build gas-fired power plant

Oct. 22, 2020 10:49 AM EDT

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey Transit has backed off a plan to build a gas-fired power plant in northern New Jersey that drew opposition from environmental groups and surrounding towns. The agency announced at its board meeting Wednesday night that it will repurpose the project to focus on renewable...

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...

FILE - This May 20, 2012, file photo, shows one of the major transmission lines that runs to the west of Albuquerque, N.M. The parent company of New Mexico’s largest electric utility will become part of energy giant Iberdrola’s global holdings under a multibillion-dollar merger.  Under the agreement announced Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020, Iberdrola's majority-owned U.S. subsidiary Avangrid will acquire PNM Resources and its assets in New Mexico and Texas. The merger will require approval from a number of state and federal regulators in a process that's expected to take the next 12 months. (AP Photo/Susan Montoya Bryan, File)

Renewable energy giant to buy New Mexico's largest utility

Oct. 21, 2020 3:15 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The parent company of New Mexico’s largest electric utility will become part of energy giant Iberdrola’s global holdings under a multibillion-dollar merger. Under the agreement announced Wednesday, Iberdrola's majority-owned U.S. subsidiary Avangrid will acquire PNM...

MidAmerican Energy idles 46 wind turbines after blade woes

Oct. 21, 2020 11:13 AM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa-based electric utility MidAmerican Energy has idled nearly four dozen power-generating wind turbines after huge blades broke off of two turbines in recent weeks. MidAmerican has paused the use of 46 turbines it has identified as having similar blades, which are about 177 feet...

Shuttered Iowa ethanol plant settles tax incentive deal

Oct. 20, 2020 3:36 PM EDT

EMMETSBURG, Iowa (AP) — Iowa’s economic development arm and a shuttered ethanol plant at Emmetsburg that had promised to produce millions of gallons from crop waste have reached a settlement that lets the company off the hook for millions of dollars in tax incentives. The Iowa Economic Development...

Another wind turbine blade breaks off in central Iowa

Oct. 20, 2020 1:44 PM EDT

PATON, Iowa (AP) — For the second time in as many months, a huge blade has broken off from its wind turbine in central Iowa. The latest incident happened Thursday near Paton in Green County, television station KCCI reported Tuesday. No one was hurt. That follows a similar incident in mid-September, when...

Nebraska offers more grants for businesses hit by pandemic

Oct. 19, 2020 2:17 PM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska will reopen a series of federally funded grant programs to help small businesses and nonprofits that are struggling due to the coronavirus pandemic, Gov. Pete Ricketts announced Monday. Nebraska still has $160 million available from the $1 billion it received under the federal...

FILE — This July 21, 2020 file photo shows former Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder leaving the federal courthouse after an initial hearing following charges against him and four others alleging a $60 million bribery scheme, in Columbus, Ohio. A court hearing is set for Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020 for five people, including Householder, following their indictment on a racketeering charge. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete, File)

Ohio GOP lawmakers favor remake of tainted energy bill

Oct. 19, 2020 2:00 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — There has been limited progress made by Ohio lawmakers who lined up to repeal and possibly replace a tainted $1 billion bailout for two nuclear plants more than two months ago, increasing the likelihood that around 90% of electric customers in the state will see charges for the...

FILE  - In this Aug. 7, 2019, photo, the Kingston Fossil Plant stands near a waterway in Kingston, Tenn. The Trump administration will let some leaking or otherwise dangerous coal ash storage ponds stay in operation for years more and some unlined ponds stay open indefinitely under a rule change announced Friday, Oct. 16, 2020.  In 2008, the six-story-tall dike on a massive coal ash pond at the Tennessee plant collapsed, releasing more than a billion gallons of coal ash into the Swan Pond community. It remains the largest industrial spill in modern U.S. history and prompted the 2015 regulations that were intended to increase oversight of the industry. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey, File)

EPA letting some hazardous coal ash ponds stay open longer

Oct. 16, 2020 4:37 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Trump administration will let some leaking or otherwise dangerous coal ash storage ponds stay in operation for years more and some unlined ponds stay open indefinitely under a rule change announced Friday. The move by the Environmental Protection Agency is the administration's...