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Lake Erie wind farm gets $40M federal construction grant

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CLEVELAND (AP) — Officials say a planned wind-farm project in Lake Erie has received a $40 million federal grant for construction costs. Democratic U.S. Rep. Marcy Kaptur of Toledo and other officials announced Friday that Lake Erie Energy Development Corp. will receive the U.S. Department of Energy money over the next three years. The company plans to build six wind ...

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Demand plummets for California pollution credits

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California’s ambitious efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions are taking a hit as demand has plummeted for pollution credits that are supposed to fund the initiative. Only about a tenth of the available pollution credits were sold in an auction last week, according to results released Wednesday by the California Air Resources Board. Gov. Jerry Brown’s ...

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UMaine’s offshore wind project gets another boost

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A University of Maine-led offshore wind power pilot project has officially been selected to join a federal government demonstration program. The Aqua Ventus was originally passed over for a $47 million grant, but the Department of Energy awarded some funding because the project showed promise. Sens. Susan Collins and Angus King said Friday that the project ...

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California adopts map showing power-line fire danger

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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The California regulators who oversee the state’s electricity on Thursday adopted a map that shows where power lines pose the greatest wildfire danger. The California Public Utilities Commission approved the use of what it calls Fire Map 1, which shows parts of the state that are especially in danger for ignition and spread of power-line fires ...

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Western Maryland town of Friendsville proposes fracking ban

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FRIENDSVILLE, Md. (AP) — The western Maryland town of Friendsville is proposing a ban on hydraulic fracturing for natural gas within its jurisdiction. The Town Council voted 4-2 Thursday to have its attorney review the proposed ordinance. Council member Jess Whittemore says in a statement he expects final passage this summer. The town is in Garrett County, which overlies part ...

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Trump uses energy speech to outline general election pitch

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BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Presumptive Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump unveiled an “America first” energy plan he said would unleash unfettered production of oil, coal, natural gas and other energy sources to push the United States toward energy independence. But the speech, delivered at the annual Williston Basin Petroleum Conference in Bismarck, North Dakota, went far beyond energy, as Trump ...

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Pennsylvania won’t pursue $8.9M fine against drilling firm

A producing gas well located in Washington County, Pennsylvania. (Image courtesy of Range Resources)

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania environmental regulators are not pursuing an $8.9 million fine against a Texas-based energy company previously accused of repeatedly failing to repair a natural-gas well that contaminated groundwater and a stream. State regulators had said stray gas caused elevated methane levels in several water wells in the north-central part of the state. Pennlive.com reported Saturday that ...

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Fight over LGBT rights scuttles energy spending bill

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WASHINGTON (AP) — A $37 billion bill to fund the Energy Department and water projects has crashed in the House, scuttled by a fight over LGBT rights. Many Republicans opposed the measure over a provision designed to bar discrimination against LGBT employees by federal contractors. And Democrats opposed language to make sure federal funding isn’t yanked from North Carolina over ...

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