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Plan for consumer-owned utility in jeopardy in Maine

Jun. 18, 2021 11:08 AM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A plan for a consumer-owned utility in Maine is in jeopardy after the Senate voted down a proposal it had initially approved. The proposal by Democratic Rep. Seth Berry would create an independent nonprofit organization called Pine Tree Power...

Meridian given more time to begin refinery construction

Jun. 18, 2021 08:28 AM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota regulators have set another deadline for Meridian Energy Group to begin construction on its $1 billion oil refinery near Theodore Roosevelt National Park or risk losing its permit. Meridian's permit from the state Department of...

Sponsors defend NC energy bill goals while Cooper pans it

Jun. 17, 2021 18:54 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Negotiators of a wide-ranging North Carolina energy bill to retire Duke Energy coal-fired electricity plants, expand solar power production and keep nuclear power defended their goals on Thursday despite current opposition to the measure from interest groups and Gov....

Plan to raze 4 dams on California-Oregon line clears hurdle

Jun. 17, 2021 18:30 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A proposal to bring down four hydroelectric dams near the California-Oregon border cleared a major regulatory hurdle Thursday, setting the stage for the largest dam demolition project in U.S. history to save imperiled migratory salmon. The Federal...

Georgia Power seeks $235M boost to pay for nuclear plant

Jun. 17, 2021 17:28 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia Power Co. is asking regulators to let it raise annual rates on customers by $235 million a year as the utility seeks to pay for its share of a huge nuclear project. The company says the proposal would raise bills for a typical residential customer...

Shore towns want say over wind projects, push back on bill

Jun. 16, 2021 16:39 PM EDT

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Lawmakers from Jersey Shore towns are pushing back against a bill meant to fast-track offshore wind energy projects by taking away local control over transmission lines and other onshore infrastructure. A bill moving quickly and quietly...

New Mexico weighs rules for community solar program

Jun. 16, 2021 16:06 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico utility regulators have nearly a year to create a set of rules for governing community solar projects in the state. But utilities say they are already being flooded with applications and requests for interconnection from prospective developers. ...

Federal judge blocks Biden's pause on new oil, gas leases

Jun. 16, 2021 00:53 AM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Biden administration’s suspension of new oil and gas leases on federal land and water was blocked Tuesday by a federal judge in Louisiana who ordered that plans continue for lease sales that were delayed for the Gulf of Mexico and Alaska waters “and all eligible...

Bill retires many NC coal-fired plants, boosts renewables

Jun. 15, 2021 21:47 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Several coal-fired power plants operated by Duke Energy's North Carolina subsidiaries would transition to alternate fuels by the end of 2030 and a renewable-energy procurement program would be expanded in legislation unveiled Tuesday by House Republicans. ...

McMaster signs Santee Cooper bill, pushes for utility sale

Jun. 15, 2021 18:52 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster on Tuesday signed into law a long-awaited bill to overhaul state-owned utility Santee Cooper, but said he would rather sell off the debt-burdened company. The utility’s future had been...