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Solar-powered pilots’ globe-circling flight arrives in NYC

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NEW YORK (AP) — The pilots of a solar-powered airplane on a globe-circling voyage that began more than a year ago said their flight over the Statue of Liberty before landing in New York inspired them on their mission to promote a world free from reliance on fossil fuels. “Today, liberty is about finding and promoting renewable sources of power,” ...

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Germany’s Merkel meets Chinese premier amid trade worries

BEIJING (AP) — China recognizes European concerns about overcapacity in its steel sector, but believes that is a symptom of the falloff in global demand, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang said Monday. Speaking to visiting German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Li appeared eager to counter criticisms that a glut of Chinese steel exports is overwhelming producers in overseas markets including Germany, Britain ...

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Railroad says broken bolt caused Oregon train derailment

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At least one broken bolt holding the rail in place caused the fiery derailment of a Union Pacific train moving volatile crude oil through the Columbia River Gorge on the Oregon-Washington border, railroad officials say. Union Pacific spokesman Justin Jacobs said Saturday that the company filed a report Friday with the Federal Railroad Administration citing one or more broken bolts ...

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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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DTE plans to shut down 8 coal-fired units at 3 plants

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DETROIT (AP) — DTE Energy Co. plans to shut down eight coal-fired units at three power plants in Michigan within the next seven years. The Detroit-based utility announced Wednesday the units being retired between 2020 and 2023 are at the River Rouge facility in the Detroit area, the St. Clair facility in St. Clair County’s East China Township and the ...

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Gas line board hires new president

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The state-sponsored corporation involved in pursuing a major liquefied natural gas project in Alaska has a new president. Keith Meyer was hired by the Alaska Gasline Development Corp. to succeed Dan Fauske, who resigned last year. The corporation, in a release, said Meyer has more than 35 years of experience in the energy industry, including 15 ...

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Work on Dakota Access begins in Iowa, protesters vow nonviolent acts

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Work has begun in Iowa on an oil pipeline despite repeated attempts by landowners and environmental groups to stop it, a spokeswoman for the Texas company building the pipeline said Thursday. The Iowa Utilities Board signed a final order Wednesday allowing construction on the $3.8 billion, 1,150-mile pipeline that spans four states, and work began ...

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Northwest tribal leaders highlight risks of oil trains

MOSIER, Ore. (AP) — Leaders of several Pacific Northwest tribes gathered Thursday near the site of last week’s fiery oil train wreck in Oregon to condemn the shipping of fossil fuels through the Columbia River Gorge, a scenic homeland and sacred fishing ground for the Yakama Nation and others over the millennia. “We do not want fossil fuels at all ...

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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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EPA’s plan to boost ethanol use in gasoline gets hearing

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Obama administration’s proposal to boost the amount of ethanol and other renewable fuels blended into gasoline produced at least one consensus Thursday during the matter’s only public hearing: Few, if anyone, is entirely satisfied by the plan. Ethanol advocates, largely from Midwest farming states, testified that the Environmental Protection Agency’s target for biofuels next ...

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