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Communities bypass utilities to save money, push green power

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Some New York communities are changing the way their residents buy electricity under an initiative designed to save people money while promoting locally-produced, renewable energy. New York is the seventh state to allow community choice aggregation, which lets cities, towns and villages form energy-buying groups that automatically enroll all residents and small businesses. Instead of buying ...

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North Dakota panel approves proposed $153 million wind farm

The North Dakota Public Service Commission will hold hearings regarding the proposed Stark County wind farm. (Image: Duke Energy via Flickr)

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota’s Public Service Commission has approved a proposed $153 million wind farm and associated electric transmission line in Oliver and Morton counties. The three-member panel on Wednesday unanimously approved the project’s siting application, clearing the way for construction to start. A subsidiary of NextEra Energy Resources is planning the wind farm of up to 48 turbines ...

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Lawmakers drop energy initiative from state budget proposal

A wind turbine in Vermont. (Image: futuremar768 via Flickr)

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Legislative leaders are dropping a clean energy initiative from Rhode Island’s proposed state budget over concerns that it could unfairly favor a wind-energy developer. Democratic House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello says it’s a distraction, so lawmakers are dropping the entire renewable-energy initiative from the budget. The House of Representatives is scheduled to vote on the $8.9 billion ...

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Paul Ryan unveils plan to roll back Obama-era regulations

House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wis., and the House GOP leadership, talks to reporters at the Republican National Committee headquarter on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, June 14, 2016, about their response to the deadly shooting in Orlando on Sunday that left 49 dead and more than 50 injured. Ryan said that a ban on Muslims entering the U.S. as presidential nominee Donald Trump proposes, is not in the nation's interest.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker Paul Ryan on Tuesday unveiled the third installment of his “agenda project” with a sweeping 57-page plan to roll back regulations on energy and the environment, labor issues and the financial services industry. “The bureaucracy is not listening to the American people, and as a result less jobs, less businesses, less prosperity, lower wages,” Ryan ...

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Shumlin signs renewable energy bill after long battle

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MIDDLEBURY, Vt. (AP) — Four days after Vermont lawmakers passed a revised version of a renewable energy bill earlier vetoed by Gov. Peter Shumlin, the Democratic governor has signed the revised bill into law. Shumlin signed the bill Monday, saying it will help local communities and regional planning commissions have more of a say in the process of siting wind ...

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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

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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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Antelope County supervisors OK 160-turbine wind farm

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NELIGH, Neb. (AP) — Another wind farm has been approved for Antelope County, over objections from some residents. The county Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to let a Chicago-based company erect 160 turbines near Neligh (NEE’-lee). The company, Invenergy, already operates a wind farm in the Elgin area. The supervisors imposed several conditions on the project, such as increased setback ...

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Energy bill prospects dim in dispute over drilling, drought

In this photo taken April 20, 2016, Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Chair Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, right, accompanied by the committee's ranking member, Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., speak about energy policy modernization during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. 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.  (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

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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Feds solicit bids for wind farm off coast of NY, NJ

Offshore wind energy farm. (Image: Håkan Dahlström via Flickr)

NEW YORK (AP) — The federal government says it will auction off the rights to build an electricity-generating windfarm on 81,000 acres of ocean off the coast of New York and New Jersey. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell announced the lease sale Tuesday. Officials say seven companies have expressed an interest so far in bidding for the lease on the waters, ...

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