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Massachusetts House approves bill to boost hydro, wind power

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BOSTON (AP) — Legislation that could make hydro and wind power a bigger part of the state’s overall energy mix has passed the Massachusetts House. The bill approved Wednesday would require utilities to solicit long-term contracts for importing an additional 1,200 megawatts each of Canadian hydroelectricity and offshore wind. Republican Gov. Charlie Baker and Democratic legislative leaders have called the ...

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Lawmakers weigh bill to boost hydro, wind power

BOSTON (AP) — Legislation that could make hydro and wind power a bigger part of the state’s overall energy mix is expected to win approval in the House. The bill slated for debate on Wednesday would require utilities to solicit long-term contracts for importing an additional 1,200 megawatts each of Canadian hydroelectricity and offshore wind. Republican Gov. Charlie Baker and ...

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Energy bill prospects dim in dispute over drilling, drought

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congressional efforts to approve the first major energy bill in nearly a decade are in jeopardy amid a partisan dispute over oil drilling, water for drought-stricken California and potential rollback of protections for the gray wolf and other wildlife. A bipartisan bill approved by the Senate in April would boost oil and natural gas production while encouraging renewable ...

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Construction starts on southwestern Michigan solar project

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WATERVLIET TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Construction is starting on an Indiana Michigan Power solar power project in southwestern Michigan. The utility says an estimated 50,000 solar panels are planned for a 35-acre site in Berrien County’s Watervliet Township. A groundbreaking ceremony is scheduled Wednesday afternoon. Plans call for it to generate enough electricity to power about 650 homes annually. Local ...

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Solar-powered plane’s latest leg: Ohio to Pennsylvania

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DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — A solar-powered airplane has taken off from the Ohio hometown of America aviation pioneers Wilbur and Orville Wright on the latest leg of its journey around the world. The Swiss-made Solar Impulse 2 took off from Dayton International Airport just after 4 a.m. Wednesday with a destination of Lehigh Valley International Airport in Allentown, Pennsylvania. The flight ...

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NY comptroller: 2 companies agree to pursue renewable energy

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York’s comptroller says the retailers Best Buy and Nordstrom have agreed to increasingly use renewable energy in their operations and supply chains. Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli, trustee of the New York pension fund that’s an investor in both companies, says Wednesday he has withdrawn shareholder proposals that asked they set measurable goals for increased use or ...

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Mirrors blamed for fire at world’s largest solar plant

PRIMM, Nev. (AP) — A small fire shut down a generating tower Thursday at the world’s largest solar power plant, leaving the sprawling facility on the California-Nevada border operating at only a third of its capacity, authorities said. Firefighters had to climb some 300 feet up a boiler tower at the Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System in California after fire ...

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Nevada panel takes first steps toward solar ‘grandfathering’

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A Nevada panel took a first step Wednesday toward securing more favorable rates for the state’s early-adopter rooftop customers — a concept that some lawmakers have said they support after outcry over a recent rate hike. Members of the Technical Advisory Committee on Distributed Generation and Storage voted to recommend that Nevada “grandfather” customers who applied ...

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Albuquerque weighs getting more power from solar sources

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico’s largest city could be joining dozens of other communities around the nation that have set goals to get more of their electricity from renewable resources. Albuquerque city councilors on Monday are scheduled to take up a resolution that calls for getting at least 25 percent of the electricity used by city facilities from solar ...

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Solar plane on global trip headed to Oklahoma from Arizona

GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) — A solar-powered airplane that landed in Arizona last week after a daylong flight from California is headed to Oklahoma next on the latest leg of its around-the-world journey. Project officials said Wednesday that the Swiss-made Solar Impulse 2 is scheduled to take off from Phoenix Goodyear Airport at 3 a.m. PDT Thursday with a destination of ...

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