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Wind developer to pay $3.1M to local Wyoming governments

Oct. 13, 2019 1:29 PM EDT

LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming regulators have ordered a wind developer to contribute $3.1 million to the governments of Rock River, Laramie and Albany County to offset the impact on public services created by a $1 billion wind project on the border of Albany and Carbon counties. The Laramie Boomerang...

California power outages highlight economic disparity

Oct. 13, 2019 12:19 PM EDT

When the nation's largest utility warned customers that it would cut power to nearly 2 million people across Northern California, many rushed out to buy portable generators, knowing the investment could help sustain them during blackouts. Others had the security of knowing they could rely on solar panels and...

School's solar array is installed, ready to generate power

Oct. 13, 2019 8:32 AM EDT

PEACHAM, Vt. (AP) — A Vermont school is now equipped with a solar array that is ready to generate power. Peacham School Board and Select Board member Mike Health tells the Caledonian Record that Green Mountain Power needs to do more work before the array at Peacham Elementary School is connected to the...

Utility: All power has been restored to Northern California

Oct. 13, 2019 12:12 AM EDT

Pacific Gas & Electric Co. says all power has been restored to the nearly 2 million Northern California residents who lost electricity when the state's largest utility switched it off this week in an effort to prevent wildfires. The company announced on Twitter Saturday night that all of the estimated 738,000...

California power shutdowns raise air pollution worries

Oct. 12, 2019 12:17 PM EDT

Power shutdowns intended to prevent more devastating California wildfires are raising new concerns about another longstanding environmental threat: air pollution. As utilities halted service to more than 2 million people this week, lines formed at hardware stores selling portable generators, while many hospitals...

Group challenging disclosure law for petition collectors

Oct. 12, 2019 9:49 AM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A federal judge has been asked to block an Ohio law requiring paid petition circulators to fill out forms disclosing their identities. The move is being led by a group seeking a statewide vote next year to overturn a financial rescue for Ohio's two nuclear power plants approved in...

Tax abatement rejection threatens Indiana solar farm project

Oct. 12, 2019 9:46 AM EDT

ANDERSON, Ind. (AP) — Officials in a central Indiana county have rejected a tax abatement for a proposed solar farm, putting the $110 million project in jeopardy. The Madison County Council voted 4-3 on Tuesday to deny the Lone Oak Solar Energy Center's request for a traditional 10-year tax abatement. The...

California outages ease after wind, fire danger move south

Oct. 12, 2019 12:13 AM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The lights were back on Friday for most of the nearly 2 million Northern California residents who lost electricity when the state's largest utility switched it off this week in an effort to prevent wildfires. The threat of widespread outages loomed in Southern California after the...

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...

Fast-moving fire drives thousands from California homes

Oct. 11, 2019 11:15 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — An aggressive wildfire in Southern California seared its way through dry vegetation Friday and spread quickly, destroying more than a dozen homes as tens of thousands of residents were ordered to get out of its way, authorities said. The blaze broke out Thursday evening in the San...