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Farmers blame Trump for biofuels rule they view as betrayal

Oct. 16, 2019 4:50 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Agriculture commodity groups and some farmers expressed frustration and anger Wednesday with a rule released by the Environmental Protection Agency that they said fails to uphold a promise President Donald Trump made 12 days ago to fulfill the intent of an ethanol law passed by...

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...

The Latest: 97% of blackout customers have power restored

Oct. 11, 2019 11:47 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Latest on the power shutoff involving California wildfires (all times local): 8:50 p.m. Pacific Gas & Electric says it's restored power to 97% of the customers it deliberately blacked out because of weather-related fire concerns. PG&E reports Friday night that of the...

The Latest: Nobel winner hopes for more breakthroughs

Oct. 9, 2019 11:50 AM EDT

STOCKHOLM (AP) — The Latest on the awarding of the Nobel Prizes (all times local): 5:45 p.m. Nobel chemistry prize winner M. Stanley Whittingham says he hopes the award for work on lithium-ion batteries will "push the field further and faster." The 77-year-old British-American chemistry professor at the...

Trump administration says plan would restore ethanol demand

Oct. 4, 2019 2:09 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Trump administration announced Friday it plans to implement new rules that will increase demand for ethanol, reversing a decline caused by exemptions given to oil refineries. The proposal follows months of complaints by Midwest farmers, politicians and the ethanol industry that...

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...

President's windmill hatred is a worry for booming industry

Sep. 30, 2019 3:24 PM EDT

BLOCK ISLAND, R.I. (AP) — The winds are blowing fair for America's wind power industry, making it one of the fastest-growing U.S. energy sources. Land-based turbines are rising by the thousands across America, from the remote Texas plains to farm towns of Iowa. And the U.S. wind boom now is expanding...

Africa's charcoal trade is decimating fragile forest cover

Sep. 25, 2019 9:44 AM EDT

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — The machete-wielding men lodge themselves deep inside forests for weeks at a time, felling trees that will be incinerated into pieces of charcoal. Because they often work at night and target seemingly idle public land, they operate with relative impunity while decimating forests in...

University study says wind turbines threaten migrating bats

Sep. 22, 2019 4:33 PM EDT

BEND, Ore. (AP) — A Pacific Northwest bat that that migrates south for the winter faces a serious threat from wind turbines, according to a study by the by Oregon State University-Cascades. The study concludes that the hoary bat faces an uncertain future because its numbers have declined by 2% per year,...

Dominion planning large wind farm off Virginia coast

Sep. 19, 2019 5:33 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Dominion Energy announced plans Thursday to seek approval to build what it says would be the largest offshore wind project in the United States off the Virginia coast. The company told The Associated Press ahead of a public announcement that the project would include about 220 wind...