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FILE - In this Oct. 15, 2019, file photo, Southern California Edison trucks arrive at the site of a transformer tower in Sylmar, Calif., suspected of being responsible for starting the Saddleridge fire. Southern California utilities say they may cut power to more than 300,000 customers this week as dry, gusty weather raises the threat of wildfire danger. The winds can knock down power lines and spark blazes. Southern California Edison says it's considering cutting power to nearly 237,000 customers as a precaution, possibly beginning Wednesday evening, Dec. 2, 2020, and running into the weekend. (AP Photo/Christian Monterrosa, File)

California utilities may cut power as fire danger looms

Dec. 2, 2020 12:38 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Southern California utilities warned they may cut power to more than 300,000 customers as dry, gusty weather raises the threat of wildfire danger in the region. The National Weather Service said there are critical fire conditions because of Santa Ana winds, low humidity and parched...

UN calls on humanity to end 'war on nature,' go carbon-free

Dec. 2, 2020 9:41 AM EST

As an extreme year for hurricanes, wildfires and heat waves comes to an end, the head of the United Nations challenged world leaders to make 2021 the year that humanity ends its “war on nature” and commits to a future free of planet-warming carbon pollution. With new reports highlighting...

California utilities may cut power as fire danger looms

Dec. 2, 2020 12:23 AM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Southern California utilities warned Tuesday that they may cut power to more than 300,000 customers as dry, gusty weather raises the threat of wildfire dangers in the region. The National Weather Service said there are “critical fire conditions" because of Santa Ana winds, low...

A crew from New Brunswick, Canada, works to restore power following a severe rain storm, Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2020, in Brunswick, Maine. The storm knocked out power to  more than 100,000 electricity customers in Maine. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

Utility crews continue work after strong gusts buffet Maine

Dec. 1, 2020 5:17 PM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A powerful storm with gusts topping 60 mph (96 kph) swept across coastal New England, knocking out electricity for more than 100,000 homes and businesses at the storm's peak in Maine, officials said Tuesday. Hundreds of utility crews from as far away as New Jersey and New Brunswick,...

FILE - In this March 6, 2014, file photo, empty nuclear waste shipping containers sit in front of the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant near Carlsbad, N.M. The U.S. government's efforts to clean up decades worth of Cold War-era waste from nuclear research and bomb making at federal sites around the country has chugged along, often at a pace that watchdogs and other critics say threatens public health and the environment. Now, fallout from the global coronavirus pandemic is resulting in more challenges as the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant, the nation's only underground repository for nuclear waste, finished ramping down operations Wednesday, April 1, 2020, to keep workers safe. (AP Photo/Susan Montoya Bryan, File)

Watchdog: US nuclear dump facing space, staffing challenges

Dec. 1, 2020 1:23 PM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The federal government's only underground nuclear waste dump could run out of room if the number of drums shipped to the New Mexico site keeps expanding or if a new method for measuring the waste is unraveled as part of a pending legal challenge, according to a nonpartisan...

New solar project to power 11K homes in Washington state

Dec. 1, 2020 9:33 AM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — A public utility company in Washington state has announced a partnership to develop a new solar project near Richland that would generate enough electricity for more than 11,000 homes, officials said. Energy Northwest will partner with Tucci Energy Services to build the 300-acre...

Consumer agency urges Kansas regulators to reject solar rate

Nov. 30, 2020 12:29 PM EST

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A consumer advocacy agency has urged state regulators to reject Evergy’s proposal to add charges to recover the cost of providing solar energy. The Citizens’ Utility Ratepayer Board, a state agency which advocates for consumers in utility cases, requested a temporary plan...

FILE - In this Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2018 file photo, clouds of smoke over Europe's largest lignite power plant in Belchatow, central Poland. Greenhouse gas emissions in the European Union have been reduced by 24% compared to 1990 levels, according to the bloc’s annual climate report. Still, the EU said Monday, Nov. 30, 2020 it need to intensify efforts to make its target of making Europe the first climate neutral continent by mid-century. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski, file)

Report: EU greenhouse gas emissions down 24% since 1990

Nov. 30, 2020 11:45 AM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — Greenhouse gas emissions in the European Union have been reduced by 24% compared to 1990 levels, according to the bloc's annual climate report, but the EU said Monday it still needs to intensify efforts to keep to its target of making Europe the first climate-neutral continent by...

Editorial Roundup: Michigan

Nov. 30, 2020 10:00 AM EST

The Detroit News. Nov. 28, 2020 Jobless agency still failing unemployed There’s not much worse than being out of work, especially around the holidays. And for the thousands of Michiganians who are still waiting for unemployment benefits, it’s inexcusable that the state hasn’t rectified the...

Uptick in utility scams possible with moratorium's end

Nov. 30, 2020 7:14 AM EST

BALTIMORE (AP) — Customer advocates and utility companies are warning Maryland residents about utility-related scams now that the state’s moratorium on shut-offs has ended. The warnings came after Maryland residents racked up hundreds of millions of dollars in debt since the moratorium began in...