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Boston mayor hoping to bring self-driving cars to city

BOSTON (AP) — Boston Mayor Marty Walsh is hoping to bring self-driving cars to the city’s narrow, twisting roads. Walsh announced the launch of a program Wednesday designed to help develop autonomous technologies within Boston, whose original street plan — according to local lore — was laid down in part based on the paths that cows cut through the city. ...

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Maine regulators propose reforms to solar policy

solar panels on house

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine regulators are proposing changes to an energy policy that lets solar owners receive credits on their utility bill for energy they sell back to the grid. Critics including GOP Gov. Paul LePage have criticized the policy for selling back electricity at “above-market” rates. On Tuesday, Maine public utility commissioners, all appointed by LePage, appeared to ...

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Tribe asks judge to side with feds in oil pipeline pause

Sacred Stones camp, Sioux, Dakota Access, pipeline protest

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe wants a federal judge to recognize three federal agencies’ request for a developer to “voluntarily pause” work on a segment of the Dakota Access pipeline that the tribe says holds sacred sites and artifacts. The tribe said in court documents filed Monday it wants U.S. District Judge James Boasberg to “formalize” ...

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Maine’s final LNG proposal tossed by federal regulators

ROBBINSTON, Maine (AP) — The final proposal for a liquefied natural gas terminal in Down East Maine has quietly faded away. Federal regulators have terminated the application by Downeast LNG because of inactivity. The proposal could be resubmitted later, but it’d have to start over from the beginning. The proposal’s demise shows just how much the energy picture has changed ...

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Alpha Natural Resources to close last Kentucky mine

coal industry,

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — An Alpha Natural Resources spokesman says the company plans to lay off 117 people when it shuts down a Kentucky coal mine in November. Spokesman Steve Hawkins tells the Lexington Herald-Leader (http://bit.ly/2c3rNQj ) that the company has issued a required 60-day layoff notice at the Process Energy Mine in Pike County, which is set to be ...

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Transformer fire closes Pennsylvania gas-fired power plant

power plant fire

BANGOR, Pa. (AP) — A natural gas-fired power plant in eastern Pennsylvania has been shut down indefinitely after an electrical transformer caught fire. Talen Energy spokesman Todd Martin says the Martins Creek plant in Lower Mount Bethel Township has been taken off line while the company works with state regulators to investigate the fire. It was reported shortly after 7:30 ...

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WVU to host forum featuring US energy secretary

Ernest Moniz, Energy Department, oil glut

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia University will host an energy forum that features U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz. WVU says the Mid-Atlantic Region Energy Innovation Forum on Monday will draw input from political, industry, academic and other leaders. Panelists will discuss ways to accelerate energy innovation in the region. Other presenters include Sen. Joe Manchin; Congressman David McKinley; Pennsylvania ...

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Retired coal miners to rally at Capitol for benefits bill

coal miner, coal mine

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Thousands of retired coal miners are gathering at the U.S. Capitol to support a bill that would preserve their health and pension benefits. The United Mine Workers of America says its members and supporters from 13 states, including West Virginia, will rally in Washington on Thursday. The UMWA called it life-or-death legislation for retired coal miners ...

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Clinton backs bill to protect benefits for ex-coal miners

coal miners, Clinton

WASHINGTON (AP) — Hillary Clinton is supporting a bill that would protect health-care and pension benefits for about 120,000 former coal miners and their families, an issue that has divided Senate Republicans. “I firmly believe that if you spent your life keeping the lights on for our country, we can’t leave you in the dark,” the Democratic presidential candidate said ...

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