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Solar power deal involving Idaho homeowners reached

Oct. 14, 2019 2:22 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — An Idaho utility has reached an agreement involving paying homeowners who generate electricity with rooftop solar panels and other renewable energy methods. Idaho Power and the staff of the Idaho Public Utilities Commission on Friday submitted the agreement to the commission for its...

County imposes moratorium on new wind turbine installations

Oct. 9, 2019 6:27 AM EDT

WINTERSET, Iowa (AP) — A south-central Iowa county has imposed a moratorium on new wind turbine installations. Madison County supervisors voted 2-1 on Tuesday to adopt the moratorium, which will run through October 2020 unless superseded by a new ordinance. The moratorium also applies to new solar energy...

Virginia to develop 4 new solar energy projects

Oct. 4, 2019 7:03 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Permits were issued Thursday for the construction and operation of four new solar projects that are expected to offset carbon dioxide emissions in the state by 459 million pounds — the equivalent of driving more than 44,000 cars for a year. "Virginia is adopting solar technology...

Western utility to quicken move away from coal-fired power

Oct. 3, 2019 5:59 PM EDT

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — A major Western utility said Thursday it plans to speed up its move away from coal-fired power and get more juice from the sun and wind. Citing financial incentives, Portland, Oregon-based PacifiCorp said it wants to reduce coal-fired generation by two-thirds by 2030 while pursuing a...

Solar panels for every house? Maryland suburb to consider it

Sep. 29, 2019 9:01 AM EDT

ROCKVILLE, Md. (AP) — Solar panel mandates, a dramatic and hotly debated environmental policy with roots on the West Coast, could be coming to a suburb of the nation's capital. Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich (D) plans to introduce legislation requiring all new single-family houses — and...

'Middle of the herd' no more: Amazon tackles climate change

Sep. 19, 2019 7:16 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Online shopping giant Amazon revealed a carbon footprint Thursday that rivals that of a small country and vowed to reduce the damage to the planet by cutting its use of fossil fuels. The company, which ships more than 10 billion items a year on fuel-guzzling planes and trucks, said it has...

Residents seek backup power as storms, fires cause blackouts

Sep. 18, 2019 10:01 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Climate change has led to deadlier wildfire seasons in the American West and more severe hurricanes and storms barreling up the Southern and Eastern coasts. The dramatic weather frequently knocks out power, leading some residents of storm-ridden or fire-prone areas to seek backup power...

Duke Energy plans to invest more in renewable power

Sep. 17, 2019 3:58 PM EDT

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Duke Energy says it plans to invest heavily in renewable energy and natural gas powered plants to further reduce its carbon emissions by 2030. One of the nation's largest utilities said Tuesday it plans to double its portfolio of solar, wind and other renewable power sources by 2025...

Chicago company plans 1,800-acre Indiana solar farm

Sep. 15, 2019 4:39 PM EDT

FAIRBANKS, Ind. (AP) — A renewable energy company is aiming to start construction later this year on a solar farm over about 1,800 acres in rural western Indiana. Chicago-based Invenergy Solar Development says it wants to start construction work by the end of this year. The proposal calls for nearly...

Township zoning aims to bar pipelines, turbines near trail

Sep. 15, 2019 3:53 PM EDT

NAZARETH, Pa. (AP) — An eastern Pennsylvania township has approved zoning changes aimed at blocking projects such as natural gas pipelines, wind turbines, solar panels and cellphone towers from being located near its section of the Appalachian Trail. Plainfield Township supervisors unanimously last week...