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As Po dries up, Italy's food and energy supplies are at risk

Jun. 17, 2022 04:46 AM EDT

BORETTO, Italy (AP) — Water is so low in large stretches of Italy's largest river that local residents are walking through the middle of the expanse of sand and shipwrecks are resurfacing. Authorities fear that if it doesn't rain soon, there'll be a serious shortage of water for...

Ethiopia says willing to resume dam talks with Egypt, Sudan

Jun. 10, 2022 12:08 PM EDT

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — A senior Ethiopian official says his country is interested in resuming talks with Egypt and Sudan on a huge and controversial Blue Nile dam that will be Africa’s largest hydroelectric power plant. The comment by Sileshi Bekele, Ethiopia’s former negotiator...

Replacing benefits of Snake River dams would cost billions

Jun. 09, 2022 17:44 PM EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — The benefits provided by four giant hydroelectric dams on the lower Snake River in Washington state can be replaced if the dams are breached to save endangered salmon runs, according to a new report released Thursday. But it would be expensive. ...

Staff proposal would retain permit for $1B transmission line

May. 16, 2022 14:30 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A proposed Maine Board of Environmental Protection order would let stand a permit issued for a $1 billion electric transmission corridor to serve as a conduit for Canadian hydropower. The draft order was written by environmental agency staff ahead of a...

$1B hydropower project's fate rests with Maine supreme court

May. 10, 2022 19:44 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Proponents in Maine of a stalled $1 billion energy corridor that sought to bringing Canadian hydropower to the New England power grid asked the state’s high court to breathe new life into the project Tuesday. Attorneys for developers argued that a...

California prepares for energy shortfalls in hot, dry summer

May. 06, 2022 19:48 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California likely will have an energy shortfall equivalent to what it takes to power about 1.3 million homes when use is at its peak during the hot and dry summer months, state officials said Friday. Threats from drought, extreme heat and wildfires, plus...

US to hold back Lake Powell water to protect hydropower

May. 03, 2022 19:01 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — U.S. officials announced what they called extraordinary steps on Tuesday to keep hundreds of billions of gallons of water stored in a reservoir on the Utah-Arizona line to prevent it from shrinking more amid prolonged drought and climate change. The U.S....

Maine dam owner to make changes to try to save salmon

May. 02, 2022 16:47 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The owner of hydroelectric dams in Maine said Monday it's going to make changes to some of its operations to try to help save the final remaining wild Atlantic salmon in the United States. The country's last wild populations of the fish are found in a few...

Energy shift creates opening for 'world's largest batteries'

Apr. 19, 2022 13:22 PM EDT

LUDINGTON, Mich. (AP) — Sprawled like a gigantic swimming pool atop a bluff overlooking Lake Michigan is an asphalt-and-clay pond holding enough water to produce electricity for 1.6 million households. It's part of the Ludington Pumped Storage Plant, which uses simple technology:...

In drought-stricken West, officials weigh emergency actions

Apr. 13, 2022 18:22 PM EDT

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Federal officials say it may be necessary to reduce water deliveries to users on the Colorado River to prevent the shutdown of a huge dam that supplies hydropower to some 5 million customers across the U.S. West. Officials had hoped snowmelt would buoy Lake...