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Cuomo: 112,000 energy efficiency projects done since 2012

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Some 112,000 homes, hospitals, schools and commercial buildings in New York state have completed or begun energy efficiency projects through state programs intended to encourage clean energy. Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the total on Wednesday. It includes 90,000 homes and 22,000 apartment buildings, hospitals, schools and commercial sites. All told, the projects will save consumers $341 ...

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Developing world overtakes West in renewables investments

Developing world overtakes West in renewables investments

STOCKHOLM (AP) — A U.N.-backed report says global investments in solar, wind and other sources of renewable energy reached a record $286 billion last year. For the first time the developing world accounted for the majority. The United Nations Environment Program on Thursday said renewable investments in developing countries jumped 19 percent to $156 billion in 2015, with $103 billion ...

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Renewable critics unhappy with Vermont energy siting bill

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MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Critics of Vermont’s process for siting renewable energy projects say they’ll be back at the Statehouse. And they say they’re unhappy with a pending bill to change that siting process. Members of the Energy Transformation Coalition and Energize Vermont plan to host an informational and educational day on Tuesday. The groups have been pushing for greater ...

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Study: Farms, hydropower at risk in West’s changing climate

Study: Farms, hydropower at risk in West's changing climate

DENVER (AP) — Climate change could upset the complex interplay of rain, snow and temperature in the West, hurting food production, the environment and electrical generation at dams, the federal government warned Tuesday. Some areas could get more rain and less snow, reducing the snowmelt flowing into reservoirs in the summer when farmers need it to irrigate, the U.S. Bureau ...

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McConnell: Obama climate plan hinges on next president

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WASHINGTON (AP) — A Supreme Court ruling that delays a key element of President Barack Obama’s strategy to fight climate change will likely push a final decision on the issue to the next president, the Senate’s Republican leader said Monday as he urged the nation’s 50 governors to continue a “wait-and-see” approach on Obama’s plan. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell ...

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Nevada lawmakers meeting with Elon Musk at Tesla Gigafactory

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RENO, Nev. (AP) — Nevada lawmakers and economic development officials are getting a closer look at Tesla’s massive Gigafactory and hearing directly from CEO Elon Musk about the future of energy technology. Several lawmakers visited the operational battery plant for the first time Wednesday evening. They met with Musk and his cousin Lyndon Rive, who’s CEO of rooftop solar company ...

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Wind power vs bats: Some species may better absorb losses

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HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) — Scientists who analyzed the DNA of bats killed by wind turbines say some species may be better able to absorb losses than others, which one of the researchers said Thursday could lead to more environmentally sensitive siting of wind-power projects. The study, published online by the science journal Ecological Applications, is the first to use genetic ...

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80k acres off Long Island coast dedicated for wind energy

View of an offshore wind energy farm at sunset. (Image: Aaron via Flickr)

NEW YORK (AP) — Federal officials on Wednesday dedicated more than 125 square miles in the waters off the coast of Long Island for the development of commercial wind energy, pushing forward a renewable energy proposal initially created by New York utilities. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell said the state has “tremendous” offshore wind potential. “Today’s milestone marks another important step ...

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Regulator: Not ‘brightest decision’ to withhold Iowa Energy Center funding

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DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The chairwoman of the Iowa Utilities Board says her decision to temporarily withhold funding last year from an energy research center was “probably not the brightest decision” she’s made, but she doesn’t believe she violated the law. Geri Huser told a legislative committee Tuesday that she did not know her decision to withhold $4.4 million ...

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