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Virginia residents install solar panels on school building

Oct. 25, 2020 9:00 AM EDT

HARRISONBURG, Va. (AP) — When farmers needed help in the past building a barn, the community historically came together for a “barn raising” as many hands make light work. Harrisonburg preserves this timely tradition, not with rural construction, but in implementing solar panels at community...

Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks during the second and final presidential debate Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020, at Belmont University in Nashville, Tenn., with President Donald Trump. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

Biden calls for 'transition' from oil, GOP sees opening

Oct. 23, 2020 3:20 PM EDT

Democrat Joe Biden's remark that he would “transition” away from oil in the U.S. in favor of renewable energy drew quick attention Thursday night from President Donald Trump, who saw it as a boon to his election chances in key states. “I would transition away from the oil industry, yes,"...

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  - 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...

New Mexico utility, tribe to break ground on solar farm

Oct. 15, 2020 1:43 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico’s largest electric utility is breaking ground on a 50-megawatt solar field that will provide power to Western New Mexico University, the city of Albuquerque and other large users that have signed on to a new program officials hope will serve as a model for...

File - In this Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020 file photo, Israel's offshore Leviathan gas field is seen from on board the Israeli Navy Ship Lahav during a rare tour in the Mediterranean Sea, Israel. Five years after Israel signed a landmark agreement to develop large offshore gas fields over the objections of antitrust authorities, environmentalists and consumer advocates, ordinary Israelis have yet to see the windfall promised by the government. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit, File)

Five years on, Israelis see few benefits from major gas deal

Oct. 12, 2020 2:01 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Five years after Israel signed a landmark agreement to develop large offshore gas fields over the objections of antitrust authorities, environmentalists and consumer advocates, ordinary Israelis have yet to see the windfall promised by the government. The deal has chiseled away at the...

Reports says poor planning, heat caused California blackouts

Oct. 6, 2020 11:57 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Poor planning coupled with extreme weather caused rolling blackouts that affected hundreds of thousands of people during an August heat wave, energy regulators said Tuesday. A 121-page preliminary analysis concluded that the state wasn’t prepared to deal with a “heat...

Utah commission deliberates rooftop solar compensation rates

Oct. 6, 2020 2:30 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Rooftop solar advocates warn that a Utah state commission's ruling could mark the end of the industry in the state. The three-member Public Service Commission will deliberate for two weeks starting Tuesday on competing proposals to cut compensation rates for rooftop solar customers....

Poland Spring to build solar project to power Hollis plant

Oct. 5, 2020 5:00 AM EDT

HOLLIS, Maine (AP) — The parent company of Poland Springs plans to build a 10-megawatt solar project on 47 acres of land in Hollis. The proposed project would provide up to a quarter of the energy needs of the Poland Spring bottling plant. The annual greenhouse gas emission reductions resulting from this...

Californians urged to conserve power amid high heat

Oct. 2, 2020 1:12 AM EDT

FOLSOM, Calif. (AP) — California’s power grid operator called for voluntary conservation of electricity Thursday as high heat gripped the state. The California Independent System Operator issued a Flex Alert from 3 p.m. due to an expected increase in electricity demand, primarily from use of air...