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Giant wind turbine collapses in northern Sweden; no one hurt

Nov. 23, 2020 10:43 AM EST

STOCKHOLM (AP) — A 230-meter (755 feet) tall wind turbine in Arctic Sweden came crashing down on the snow during the weekend as high winds swept across the region, officials said Monday. No one was injured. Maria Roske, chief executive of windmill operator WPD, told the local Norran newspaper that there...

Idaho is top pick for Energy Department nuclear test reactor

Nov. 19, 2020 6:43 PM EST

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The U.S. government said Thursday that Idaho is its preferred choice ahead of Tennessee for a test reactor to be built as part of an effort to revamp the nation’s fading nuclear power industry by developing safer fuel and power plants. The U.S. Department of Energy said in an...

FILE - This Oct. 16, 2019, file photo shows a sign at a General Motors facility in Langhorne, Pa.  On Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020, General Motors says a pending breakthrough in battery chemistry will cut the price of its electric vehicles so they equal those powered by gasoline within five years.  (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

GM: New batteries cut electric car costs, increase range

Nov. 19, 2020 5:03 PM EST

DETROIT (AP) — General Motors says a pending breakthrough in battery chemistry will cut the price of its electric vehicles so they equal those powered by gasoline within five years. The technology also will increase the range per charge to as much as 450 miles. The company’s product development...

Belarus nuclear plant resumes producing electricity

Nov. 19, 2020 8:04 AM EST

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Belarus' nuclear power plant, which went out of service a few days after it started operating, resumed producing electricity, officials said Thursday. The country's energy ministry said the reactor in the plant's first unit is working at 40% of its 1,200-megawatt capacity and is...

FILE - This 2011 file photo shows Patricia Poppe, then-vice president of customer operations at Consumers Energy, in Jackson, Mich. Poppe will leave her job as CEO of CMS Energy Corp. to take the same position at Northern California utility PG&E effective Jan. 4, 2021. (Nick Dentamaro/Jackson Citizen Patriot via AP, File)

Northern California utility finds latest CEO in Michigan

Nov. 18, 2020 6:10 PM EST

SAN RAMON, Calif. (AP) — Embattled Northern California utility PG&E Corp. has lured away the top executive at Michigan's largest power provider to steer its effort to restore a reputation tarnished by years of neglectful conduct that culminated in a series of deadly wildfires. Patricia “Patti"...

This Oct. 1, 2020 photo shows windmills at a utility plant in Atlantic City N.J. On Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2020, New Jersey committed itself to building a transmission system capable of handling enough offshore wind energy to power 3.2 million homes. (AP Photo/Wayne Parry)

State commits to wind energy for 3.2M, eyes onshore sites

Nov. 18, 2020 2:58 PM EST

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey formally committed itself Wednesday to using offshore wind energy to power 3.2 million homes and will study the best ways to get that electricity from ocean turbines to communities where it is needed. The state Board of Public Utilities voted to adopt the state's plan...

A fallen tree lies on the road after the passage of Hurricane Iota in Siuna, Nicaragua, Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2020. Hurricane Iota tore across Nicaragua on Tuesday, hours after roaring ashore as a Category 4 storm along almost exactly the same stretch of the Caribbean coast that was recently devastated by an equally powerful hurricane. (AP Photo/Carlos Herrera)

Hurricane Iota roars onto Nicaragua as 2nd blow in 2 weeks

Nov. 17, 2020 9:45 PM EST

TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (AP) — Hurricane Iota battered Nicaragua with screeching winds and pounding surf Tuesday, chasing tens of thousands of people from their homes along the same stretch of the Caribbean coast that was devastated by an equally powerful hurricane just two weeks ago. The extent of the...

FILE - In this March 3, 2020, file photo, is the Iron Gate Dam, powerhouse and spillway are on the lower Klamath River near Hornbrook, Calif. A new agreement announced Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2020, promises to revive faltering plans to demolish four massive hydroelectric dams on a river along the Oregon-California border to save imperiled salmon by emptying giant reservoirs and reopening hundreds of miles of potential fish habitat that's been blocked for more than a century. (AP Photo/Gillian Flaccus, File)

Historic deal revives plan for largest US dam demolition

Nov. 17, 2020 7:38 PM EST

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — An agreement announced Tuesday paves the way for the largest dam demolition in U.S. history, a project that promises to reopen hundreds of miles of waterway along the Oregon-California border to salmon that are critical to tribes but have dwindled to almost nothing in recent years. If...

FILE - In this May 18, 2020, file photo, traffic moves along the M6 motorway near Birmingham, England. Britain will ban the sale of new gasoline and diesel cars by 2030, a decade earlier than its previous commitment, the prime minister said Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2020. Boris Johnson made the pledge as part of plans for a

UK to ban gasoline car sales by 2030 as part of green plan

Nov. 17, 2020 6:05 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — Britain will ban the sale of new gasoline and diesel cars by 2030, a decade earlier than its previous commitment, the prime minister said Tuesday. Boris Johnson made the pledge as part of plans for a “green industrial revolution” that he claims could create up to 250,000 jobs in...

US Senate proposal rejects $748M budget cuts for Hanford

Nov. 17, 2020 6:05 PM EST

RICHLAND, Wash. (AP) — The U.S. Senate has rejected a proposal to cut millions in spending for a decommissioned nuclear site in Washington state proposed by President Donald Trump's administration. A Senate panel forwarded a measure that would provide $748 million more in annual spending than proposed in...