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Energy funds awarded to 16 WVa businesses, ag producers

Sep. 16, 2021 04:13 AM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Sixteen small businesses and agriculture producers in rural West Virginia are receiving more than $177,000 from a federal government program that helps install renewable energy systems and make energy efficiency improvements. U.S. Sens. Joe...

San Diego Gas & Electric pays $57M over botched bulb program

Sep. 09, 2021 22:12 PM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — San Diego Gas & Electric will refund $51.6 million to ratepayers and pay a $5.5 million fine over a botched program to encourage people to buy energy-efficient lightbulbs. The California Public Utilities Commission on Thursday approved an agreement...

Report: Solar could power 40% of US electricity by 2035

Sep. 08, 2021 17:59 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Solar energy has the potential to supply up to 40% of the nation’s electricity within 15 years — a 10-fold increase over current solar output, but one that would require massive changes in U.S. policy and billions of dollars in federal investment to modernize the...

New Mexico plots greater spending, from tuition to Medicaid

Sep. 08, 2021 00:33 AM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — An expansion of nonmerit scholarships to college and greater spending to safeguard abandoned oil wells in New Mexico are among the governor's new spending priorities, amid a windfall in state income linked to federal pandemic relief and petroleum production. ...

Green jobs plan hopes to improve Milwaukee's racial inequity

Sep. 04, 2021 01:14 AM EDT

MILWAUKEE (AP) — For almost two years, a local task force has been brainstorming about some profound challenges: how to mitigate the impacts of climate change while addressing environmental justice. The Milwaukee City-County Task Force on Climate and Economic Equity...

Pennsylvania's carbon plan clears last regulatory hurdle

Sep. 01, 2021 18:47 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The centerpiece of Gov. Tom Wolf’s plan to fight climate change passed its last regulatory hurdle Wednesday, in a hard-fought bid to make Pennsylvania the first major fossil fuel state to adopt a carbon pricing policy. The plan to impose a...

Editorial Roundup: Ohio

Aug. 30, 2021 09:04 AM EDT

Akron Beacon Journal. Aug. 27, 2021. Editorial: Voluntary mask policies at schools put parents in difficult situation We don’t need a crystal ball to credibly predict schools with voluntary mask policies will be a virus-infested mess in a few weeks....

New $28M elementary school to be built in west Louisville

Aug. 25, 2021 04:01 AM EDT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A new $28 million elementary school is being built in west Louisville, the first in the area in two decades. Jefferson County Public Schools officials broke ground at the site of the new elementary school this week. The unnamed facility will be...

Energy efficiency incentives could return under Ohio bill

Aug. 16, 2021 10:58 AM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio power companies could once again offer energy efficiency programs such as smart thermostats or appliance rebates, the cost of which would be covered by customers under new legislation aimed at restarting such programs after a now-tainted energy bill killed them...

Lawsuit could delay replacement for aging postal fleet

Aug. 11, 2021 16:47 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Postal workers thrilled at the prospect of making deliveries in modern, comfortable and environmentally friendly vehicles are soldiering on in their aging, spartan trucks. The primary fleet of vehicles — dating to 1987 — was due to be replaced...