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Southeast Nebraska county eyes tougher wind-energy rules

Nov. 22, 2019 10:20 AM EST

BEATRICE, Neb. (AP) — Officials in a southeast Nebraska county are considering a change to their local wind-energy regulations at the request of a group that opposes the growing presence of wind farms in rural areas. The Beatrice Daily Sun reports that Gage County’s Board of Supervisors will hold a...

PG&E restores power to thousands in California

Nov. 21, 2019 10:16 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Pacific Gas & Electric restored power Thursday to 120,000 people it intentionally blacked out to ease the risk of catastrophic wildfires. The nation’s largest utility cut power Wednesday in parts of 11 Northern and central California counties because of concerns that dry,...

The Latest: PG&E restores power to thousands in California

Nov. 21, 2019 10:00 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Latest on power outages in California (all times local): 7 p.m. Pacific Gas & Electric says it’s restored power to 120,000 people whose electricity was cut because of windy, dry weather. The utility blacked out 11 Northern and central California counties on Wednesday out...

SRP to pay $21 M to settle claims over Arizona mine closure

Nov. 21, 2019 8:01 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — Salt River Project has agreed to pay $21 million to settle claims from Peabody Energy over the closure of the Kayenta coal mine. The mine closed in August after sending its last coal shipment to the Navajo Generating Station near Page. The power plant shut down Monday after a 45-year run....

Alabama Power fees on solar challenged

Nov. 21, 2019 6:00 PM EST

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Environmental groups on Thursday challenged Alabama Power’s charges on those who use solar panels to produce part of their home electricity, a fee the utility maintains is necessary to cover providing backup power. The Alabama Public Service Commission held a hearing on the...

Air of criticism surrounds proposed offshore wind farm

Nov. 21, 2019 6:52 AM EST

FENWICK ISLAND, Del. (AP) — A proposed offshore wind farm off the coast of Delaware has received a wave of criticism from residents who live around Fenwick Island State Park. News outlets report hundreds of people attended a meeting about the proposal Tuesday in Dagsboro. The Department of Natural...

Earthquake shakes Thailand, Laos, sways Bangkok high-rises

Nov. 21, 2019 4:47 AM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — A strong earthquake shook a border area between northern Thailand and Laos early Thursday, swaying high-rises in Bangkok and Vietnam’s capital. Residents of Chiang Mai, northern Thailand’s biggest city, felt prolonged shaking but saw no major damage. Chiang Mai resident...

Blackouts hit Northern California again during fire danger

Nov. 20, 2019 9:47 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Pacific Gas & Electric turned off electricity Wednesday for about 120,000 people in Northern California to prevent power lines from sparking wildfires during a new bout of windy, warm weather. However, favorable weather allowed the nation’s largest utility to drastically...

The Latest: PG&E says it may restore power Thursday

Nov. 20, 2019 9:24 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Latest on power outages in California (all times local): 6:20 p.m. Pacific Gas & Electric says it expects to get the all-clear before dawn Thursday to begin the process of restoring power to more than 100,000 people hit by a planned blackout. The utility says 48,000 customers...

Residents want Ohio to allow them to decide on wind farms

Nov. 20, 2019 4:27 PM EST

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — A group of residents opposed to wind farms in northern Ohio want state lawmakers to give them a chance at the ballot box to block new turbines from being built near their homes.  Legislation being debated in Columbus would allow township residents to circulate petitions for voter...