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To avoid blackouts, California may tap fossil fuel plants

Jun. 30, 2022 21:02 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Looking to avoid power blackouts, California may turn to the one energy source it's otherwise desperate to get rid of: fossil fuels. A sweeping energy proposal Gov. Gavin Newsom signed Thursday puts the state in the business of buying power to ensure...

Berlin preps 'huge thermos' to help heat homes this winter

Jun. 30, 2022 17:02 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — The rust-colored tower rising from an industrial site near the banks of Berlin's Spree river looks nothing like the sleek flasks Germans use for coffee, yet its purpose is similar: to provide some warmth throughout the day, especially when it's cold outside. With a...

Funds for climate justice flow to groups around the U.S.

Jun. 29, 2022 08:39 AM EDT

Fourteen environmental justice organizations from around the United States have begun to receive money under the Justice40 initiative, a business accelerator announced Wednesday. The Justice40 Accelerator said the groups will receive some $3 million for work ranging from solar training in Detroit,...

China's Baidu races Waymo, GM to develop self-driving cars

Jun. 28, 2022 23:51 PM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — With no one at the wheel, a self-driving taxi developed by tech giant Baidu Inc. is rolling down a Beijing street when its sensors spot the corner of a delivery cart jutting into its lane. The taxi stops a half-car-length away. “So sorry,” a recorded voice tells...

Ige says he may veto bail reform, 'firm' renewable energy

Jun. 27, 2022 21:30 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii Gov. David Ige on Monday said he may veto 30 bills in the next few weeks, including measures that would eliminate cash bail for some felonies, require each island to obtain one-third of their renewable energy from so-called “firm energy” sources and allow the...

New Mexico inks trust land leases for massive wind project

Jun. 27, 2022 17:52 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico’s public land commissioner on Monday signed nearly a dozen leases that will clear the way for a major renewable energy developer to erect wind turbines across 230 square miles (595 square kilometers) of state trust land. Officials are billing...

Wind farm, environmentalists agree on ways to protect whales

Jun. 27, 2022 12:04 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — The developers of an offshore wind farm and three environmental organizations announced Monday that they have reached an agreement to further protect rare North Atlantic right whales during construction and operation of the energy-generating project. The agreement...

Biden teams with East Coast governors to boost offshore wind

Jun. 23, 2022 17:40 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House on Thursday launched a formal partnership with 11 East Coast governors to boost the growing offshore wind industry, a key element of President Joe Biden's plan for climate change. Biden, Interior Secretary Deb Haaland and other top administration...

Tucson Electric Power seeking nearly 12% rate increase

Jun. 17, 2022 19:59 PM EDT

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — The utility that provides electricity to nearly 440,000 homes and businesses in Tucson and surrounding areas wants to raise its rates for residential customers by nearly 12% and for business customers by a slightly lower amount. Tucson Electric Power announced...

In energy-strapped Europe, coal gets a Greek encore

Jun. 16, 2022 07:17 AM EDT

KOZANI, Greece (AP) — At Greece's largest coal mine, controlled explosions and the roar of giant excavators scooping up blasted rock have once again become routine. Coal production has been ramped up at the site near the northern Greek city of Kozani as the war in Ukraine forced many European...