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In this Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2020 photo, heavy equipment is used to prep for work on the Western Spirit Transmission Line in Bosque, N.M. Critics fear the project's huge towers and miles of high-voltage lines will spoil their rural quality of life by obstructing pristine vistas, impacting wildlife and undermining tourism-related income and property values.   (Adolphe Pierre-Louis/The Albuquerque Journal via AP)

New Mexico counties, rural residents fight transmission line

Feb. 23, 2020 11:10 AM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Officials in Two New Mexico counties and rural residents are standing up against a proposed transmission line that would connect the potential for more wind farms with markets in other western states. The five-member Valencia County Commission voted unanimously in January to...

Last smokestack demolished at former coal-fired power plant

Feb. 22, 2020 3:52 PM EST

SOMERSET, Mass. (AP) — The single remaining smokestack at Massachusetts' last coal-fired power plant has been demolished. A controlled implosion brought down the 500-foot (152-meter) smokestack in seconds at the former Brayton Point power plant in Somerset on Saturday morning. WJAR-TV captured photos and...

Hawaiian Electric renewable energy use increased last year

Feb. 14, 2020 9:46 AM EST

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaiian Electric's use of renewable energy in 2019 increased over 2018 despite the unavailability of geothermal energy production on the Big Island and significantly lower wind energy production, the company said. Hawaiian Electric said energy generated by renewable resources increased by...

Timeline for proposed wind farm off New England pushed back

Feb. 12, 2020 4:01 PM EST

The target operation date for a proposed wind farm off the coast of New England was pushed back because of permitting delays, the company behind the project said. Vineyard Wind said Tuesday that it had received word from the Department of Interior that the final environmental impact study for the 84-turbine,...

Coal shipping in Twin Ports drops while wind cargo surges

Feb. 11, 2020 1:37 PM EST

SUPERIOR, Wis. (AP) — The Twin Ports of Duluth-Superior recorded its lowest level of coal cargo in three decades during the 2019 shipping season, but says it handled a record amount of freight carrying components used for generating wind power. The decline comes as demand for renewable energy sent a record...

2nd nuclear reactor being studied for eastern Washington

Feb. 2, 2020 10:02 AM EST

RICHLAND, Wash. (AP) — Energy Northwest is considering whether there is a need and regional interest for adding a small modular nuclear reactor system near the Tri-Cities. Energy Northwest already operates the only commercial nuclear power reactor in the Northwest, Columbia Generating Station near...

State faces calls to act more swiftly on climate change

Jan. 30, 2020 6:09 PM EST

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York state has set some of the nation's most ambitious goals on fighting climate change, but some activists say it isn't moving fast enough. Lawmakers holding budget hearings this week faced protests from environmental and left-leaning groups who criticized the lack of new solar and...

Activists depicting German Chancellor Angela Merkel, right, and German Economy Minister Peter Altmaier are protesting in front of the Federal Chancellery against the coal phase-out law and the resulting delayed coal phase-out in Berlin, Germany, Wednesday, Jan.29, 2020. (Kay Nietfeld/dpa via AP)

German government defends coal phase-out against critics

Jan. 29, 2020 10:03 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — The German government approved a bill Wednesday that will codify the country's closure of coal-fired power stations, defending the plan against critics who say it's not ambitious enough. After signing off on the bill in Cabinet, Economy Minister Peter Altmaier called the plan to phase out the...

Professor: Many of Indiana's bats are 'dropping like flies'

Jan. 26, 2020 12:02 AM EST

MUNCIE, Ind. (AP) — Many of Indiana's bats are disappearing at an alarming rate, but if you’re hoping that means a bat is less likely to sneak into your attic or church, you’re out of luck. A recent bat talk by Ball State University biologist Tim Carter to local Audubon Society members was...

Wyoming governor: Carbon capture technology can help coal

Jan. 25, 2020 10:20 PM EST

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — Climate change is a man-made problem, but the solution doesn't have to come at the expense of fossil fuels, said Wyoming Gov. Mark Gordon. Gordon, who spoke Friday at the Wyoming Press Association's banquet in Casper, said developing carbon capture technology could be the solution....