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Natural gas conversion company wants to dissolve

gas leak

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A Maine natural gas company that faced a $250,000 fine this year following a potentially “catastrophic” gas leak is asking the state to dissolve an affiliate. On Friday, Summit Natural Gas of Maine asked the state Public Utilities Commission to dissolve Natural Gas Conversion Company, which launched in 2014 to help Mainers convert home heating systems ...

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Puerto Rico hit with new power bill increase amid crisis

Puerto Rico

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Ricans have been hit with another increase in electric bills as the U.S. territory’s power company struggles to stay afloat. The heavily indebted Electric Power Authority says the increase implemented on Monday will generate some $94 million this fiscal year. Clients on average will see a $6 monthly increase in bills, which already ...

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China’s nuclear power ambitions sailing into troubled waters

China, nuclear energy

BEIJING (AP) — China’s ambitions to become a pioneer in nuclear energy are sailing into troubled waters. Two state-owned companies plan to develop floating nuclear reactors, a technology engineers have been considering since the 1970s for use by oil rigs or island communities. Beijing is racing Russia, which started developing its own in 2007, to get a unit into commercial ...

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Paradox nation: Norway, a climate leader making money on oil

Norway, offshore drilling

STAVANGER, Norway (AP) — Norway wants to get rid of gasoline-fueled cars, plans to become carbon neutral by 2030 and spends billions on helping poor countries reduce their carbon footprints. Meanwhile, it’s pushing ever farther into the Arctic Ocean in search of more oil and gas. “We know there is a paradox,” admits Vidar Helgesen, Norway’s climate and energy minister. ...

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Massacres leave 16 dead in neighboring Mexican states

pemex pipeline theft, massacres

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Two massacres have left at least 16 people dead in the neighboring Mexican states of Michoacan and Guerrero. A statement from the Michoacan state prosecutors’ office said nine burned bodies were found inside an SUV in the municipality of Cuitzeo in an area with pipelines run by state oil company Petroleos Mexicanos. Prosecutors said there were ...

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Cannon Mountain to reduce energy consumption by 30 percent

Cannon skiing new hampshire

FRANCONIA, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire’s Cannon Mountain is undertaking several energy efficiency initiatives expected to reduce energy consumption at the ski area by about 30 percent. The conservation measures include replacement of Cannon’s main-trunk power line and upgrading the transformer; construction of a mid-mountain snowmaking booster pump house; installation of 388 snowmaking tower guns; and lighting and weatherization upgrades. ...

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Things to know about North Dakota’s special budget session

North Dakota, legislative report

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The North Dakota Legislature is returning to Bismarck on Tuesday morning for a three-day special session, summoned there by Republican Gov. Jack Dalrymple to address shortfalls in the state treasury. Dalrymple made the announcement last month after an updated forecast predicted tax collections will continue to drop due to depressed oil and farm commodity prices. The ...

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