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Indy 500 waves green flag on sustainability with lofty goals

May. 28, 2022 16:23 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Parked a few feet from the iconic pagoda at Indianapolis Motor Speedway is a reimagined E-Z-Go golf cart that’s essentially filled with garbage. Plastic bottles tossed into recycling bins months ago are now neatly stacked in rows — and they’re for sale. ...

Energy secretary: US offshore wind jobs should be union jobs

May. 28, 2022 07:29 AM EDT

NEW LONDON, Conn. (AP) — The growing offshore wind industry is often touted as a boon for job creation, but who will do the work? The U.S. energy secretary and Danish wind developer Orsted say they want American union workers to build offshore wind farms to dot the U.S. coastlines...

Navajo sign water rights settlement with Utah and feds

May. 27, 2022 18:26 PM EDT

MONUMENT VALLEY, Utah (AP) — Federal officials signed an agreement with leaders of the Navajo Nation on Friday that provides funding for clean drinking water infrastructure for reservation residents and resolves questions about longstanding Navajo claims to water rights in the drought-stricken...

Alaska's largest natural gas utility being sold for $800M

May. 27, 2022 13:40 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The owner of the largest natural gas utility in Alaska said it is selling the company to Canada-based TriSummit Utilities Inc. for $800 million. AltaGas Ltd. announced Thursday that the sale includes Anchorage-based ENSTAR Natural Gas, associated pipelines...

G-7 pledges put coal on notice, could boost climate aid

May. 27, 2022 09:22 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Officials from the Group of Seven wealthy nations announced Friday that they will aim to largely end greenhouse gas emissions from their power sectors by 2035, making it highly unlikely that those countries will burn coal for electricity beyond that date. Ministers...

Utility gets nod to build 416-mile power line across US West

May. 26, 2022 19:21 PM EDT

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — U.S. land managers Thursday said they've given final permission for a 416-mile transmission line that would connect wind farms in eastern Wyoming with customers in Utah and elsewhere across the West. The U.S. Bureau of Land Management said it has notified...

Lease terms for California offshore wind projects released

May. 26, 2022 18:45 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The Biden administration has released the lease terms for offshore wind projects that would place hundreds of turbines in California's coastal waters — the first such project off the nation's Pacific coast. The two projects along the state's northern and...

Korean solar panel firm to hire 470 at $171M Georgia plant

May. 26, 2022 17:58 PM EDT

DALTON, Ga. (AP) — A Korean solar panel maker announced Thursday that it will expand its presence in Georgia, building a new $171 million plant next to an existing factory in Dalton. The new plant will open in the first half of 2023 and will hire 470 people, Qcells, a unit of...

Cost of building power transmission line growing

May. 26, 2022 10:04 AM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Rising material prices and legal expenses are expected to add nearly $50 million more to the cost of a power transmission line being built across southern Wisconsin. American Transmission Co., ITC Midwest and Dairyland Power Cooperative are building the...

Cancer patients seek damages from Fukushima nuclear plant

May. 26, 2022 09:34 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — A Tokyo court began hearings Thursday in a lawsuit seeking nearly $5 million in damages for six people who were children in Fukushima at the time of its 2011 nuclear power plant disaster and later developed thyroid cancer. The plaintiffs are suing the operator of the...