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GM, Korea's LG Chem in venture to build factory in Ohio

Dec. 5, 2019 7:25 PM EST

WARREN, Mich. (AP) — General Motors and Korea's LG Chem have formed a joint venture to build an electric vehicle battery cell factory near Lordstown, Ohio, east of Cleveland. The companies also will work together on battery technology to bring down the cost for future GM electric vehicles. The new plant...

Transmission line foes press for full environmental review

Dec. 5, 2019 6:18 PM EST

LEWISTON, Maine (AP) — Opponents of Central Maine Power's proposed $1 billion transmission project that would bring Canadian hydropower to the New England power grid urged the Army Corps of Engineers on Thursday to perform a full environmental impact statement, one that CMP says would delay a final...

Renewable energy groups push NY to put a price on carbon

Dec. 5, 2019 4:49 PM EST

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Renewable energy groups are pushing New York to help meet its ambitious climate change goals by charging electric generators for the carbon pollution they create. Putting a price on carbon will help New York meets its aggressive goal of 70% of its electricity coming from wind, solar and...

Wyoming wind farm gets permit for 277 turbines

Dec. 5, 2019 11:44 AM EST

LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) — The Wyoming Industrial Siting Council has approved a permit to construct a 277-turbine wind farm on the border of Albany and Carbon counties. The Laramie Boomerang reports that when the council approved the permit application last month, it also required developer BluEarth Renewables...

Judge tosses lawsuit over California nuclear plant fuel

Dec. 4, 2019 10:00 PM EST

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A federal judge has thrown out a lawsuit that tried to halt the transfer of used nuclear fuel at the San Onofre nuclear power plant in Southern California. The San Diego Union-Tribune reports that the judge dismissed the suit with prejudice on Tuesday, meaning the same complaint can't be...

PG&E urges judge to approve key settlement, faces resistance

Dec. 4, 2019 7:43 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Pacific Gas & Electric on Wednesday urged a federal bankruptcy judge to approve a key insurance settlement as it struggles to regain its financial footing and cover at least $20 billion in losses stemming from catastrophic wildfires in California tied to its equipment. The nation's...

Department of Energy, university to research carbon capture

Dec. 4, 2019 5:04 PM EST

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — A federal energy agency has announced plans to partner with the University of Wyoming for further research on how to trap carbon dioxide before it leaks into the atmosphere. The Casper Star-Tribune reported Tuesday that the U.S. Department of Energy and university researchers plan to...

Downed trees, closed roads slow storm power restoration

Dec. 4, 2019 6:21 AM EST

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Crews were working in New Jersey Wednesday to restore electricity to 26,127 homes and businesses that lost service during a snowstorm, but it may be late Friday night before all have their power back, Jersey Central Power & Light said. Most of the customers were in Sussex County,...

Avangrid agrees to $450,000 fine for violations

Dec. 3, 2019 7:54 PM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Central Maine Power’s corporate parent has agreed to pay a $450,000 fine levied by a nonprofit that helps set standards for the nation’s power grid. The Portland Press Herald reports that the North American Electric Reliability Corp. assessed the fine on three Avangrid...

Federal utility fined $145K for inaccurate nuke plant info

Dec. 3, 2019 2:16 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Federal regulators have fined the nation’s largest public utility $145,000 for submitting incomplete and inaccurate information on a backup system at its Watts Bar Nuclear Plant. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission notified the Tennessee Valley Authority of the proposed fine...