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Boaz to host Wisconsin's first community-scale microgrid

Jan. 08, 2022 01:05 AM EST

BOAZ, Wis. (AP) — Tucked just off Highway 14 on the way from Richland Center to Readstown, the village of Boaz has a church, a bar and a supper club. It will soon add a battery-powered microgrid to its list of amenities, the Wisconsin State Journal reported. Alliant...

Crews box in Colorado wildfire as investigators seek cause

Jan. 04, 2022 18:25 PM EST

LOUISVILLE, Colo. (AP) — Colorado firefighters boxed in the winter wildfire that destroyed nearly 1,000 homes and other structures to keep it from spreading as high winds raked the area Tuesday, dousing smoldering hot spots to ensure residents didn't have to flee again. About 200...

Xcel seeks change in radioactive waste storage in Red Wing

Jan. 03, 2022 11:39 AM EST

RED WING, Minn. (AP) — Xcel Energy wants to change the way it stores radioactive waste at its Prairie Island nuclear plant in Red Wing, a move it says will cut costs and make it easier to transport the spent fuel for storage outside Minnesota. The Minneapolis-based utility is...

2 missing; survivors count blessings after Colorado fire

Jan. 02, 2022 20:14 PM EST

LOUISVILLE, Colo. (AP) — Search teams looked for two missing people on Sunday in the snow-covered but still smoldering debris from a massive Colorado wildfire, while people who barely escaped the flames sorted through what was left after the blaze and investigators tried to determine its cause. ...

Officials: Nearly 1K structures destroyed in Colorado fire

Jan. 01, 2022 21:35 PM EST

SUPERIOR, Colo. (AP) — A Colorado official says nearly 1,000 homes and other structures were destroyed, hundreds more were damaged, and three people are missing after a wildfire charred numerous neighborhoods in a suburban area at the base of the Rocky Mountains. Boulder County...

Colorado Rockies, plains pummeled by powerful wind storm

Dec. 15, 2021 20:00 PM EST

DENVER (AP) — High winds whipped across the Colorado Rockies on Wednesday, knocking out power, closing roads and highways and forcing the cancellation or delay of hundreds of flights. The National Weather Service warned of wind gusts between 60 and 80 mph (97-129 kph) along...

NHL: Virus outbreak for 'Canes prompts postponement vs. Wild

Dec. 15, 2021 00:24 AM EST

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Carolina Hurricanes became the latest NHL team hit by a coronavirus outbreak Tuesday as four more players were placed in the COVID-19 protocol, prompting the league to postpone their game at Minnesota. The call came a little more than five hours before...

'Panther' the cat rescued after days-long utility pole perch

Dec. 11, 2021 05:06 AM EST

AURORA, Colo. (AP) — For at least two days and maybe more, residents of a suburban Denver neighborhood worried about the fate of a black cat called Panther who was perched atop a 36-foot (11-meter) utility pole. Panther stayed put despite efforts by his co-owner, Alexis Soberanis...

Minnesota regulators OK rate hikes for Xcel customers

Dec. 09, 2021 18:51 PM EST

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota regulators have signed off on higher electric and natural gas prices for Xcel Energy residential customers. The state Public Service Commission issued a news release Thursday saying the utility had asked to increase electric rates by 9.4% and...

Community systems offer alternative paths for solar growth

Nov. 28, 2021 11:40 AM EST

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Strolling his church's rooftop among 630 solar panels, Bishop Richard Howell Jr. acknowledged climate change isn't the most pressing concern for his predominantly Black congregation — even though it disproportionately harms people of color and the poor. ...