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10 Things to Know for Tuesday

Dem convention, Al Franken

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Tuesday: 1. CLINTON CONVENTION TRIES TO END DEMOCRATIC DISUNITY Hillary Clinton’s campaign sought to squelch a political firestorm over hacked emails that deepened dissent among Bernie Sanders’ supporters, turning to some of the party’s biggest stars to heal divisions on the Democratic convention’s opening ...

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Solar projects can’t save the forest for the trees?

solar vs. trees

WADING RIVER, N.Y. (AP) — A green energy project has some environmentalists seeing red. Solar energy ordinarily wins praise from groups that want to cut greenhouse gases, but a proposed solar project at a defunct Long Island nuclear power plant has stirred outrage because it requires demolishing 350 acres of woodlands. “Choosing solar over forests anywhere in the world is ...

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Ambitious Vermont having second thoughts on renewable energy

rooftop solar panels, renewable energy

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Regulators in Vermont appear to be applying the brakes to the state’s renewable energy boom. Replying to a proposed rule issued by the Public Service Board earlier this month, renewable energy advocates say it will bar the state from reaching its goal of getting 90 percent of its energy from renewable sources by 2050. The board’s ...

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Idaho Power eyes state’s first utility-owned solar plant

Idaho Power, solar power

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho Power is looking to build the state’s first utility-owned solar power project. The company recently filed an application with the Idaho Public Utilities Commission seeking approval for its Community Solar Pilot Program. The proposed 500-kilowatt solar array would be built southeast of Boise and power about 1,000 homes and 500 businesses. The company in an ...

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California governor looks to extend climate-change efforts

Gov. Jerry Brown, California climate change

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Jerry Brown has launched a campaign to extend some of the most ambitious climate-change programs in the country and ensure his environmental legacy when he leaves office in two years. The centerpiece of the push is a cap-and-trade program that aims to reduce the use of fossil fuels by forcing manufacturers and other companies ...

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Vegas Strip casino claims ‘largest’ US rooftop solar array

solar panels, Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A Las Vegas casino company is claiming the title of largest rooftop solar panel array at one of its Strip resorts. MGM Resorts International says adding 5,000 solar panels to a project unveiled in 2014 atop the Mandalay Bay Convention Center brings to 26,000 the number of collection panels covering 28 rooftop acres. The Las Vegas ...

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World Bank to back India’s solar power initiative

India, World Bank

NEW DELHI (AP) — The World Bank signed an agreement on Thursday with the Indian-led International Solar Alliance to boost solar energy in developing countries by mobilizing $1 trillion in investments by 2030. It said the agreement, signed by World Bank President Jim Yong Kim and Indian Power Minister Piyush Goyal, established the World Bank as a financial partner of ...

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North American leaders to pledge more reliance on renewables

renewable energy

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House says the leaders of the United States, Canada and Mexico will pledge this week to rely on renewable energy to generate 50 percent of North America’s electrical power by 2025. That’s a big jump from last year’s 37 percent level. But Brian Deese, senior adviser to the president says it’s doable through greater efficiency ...

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Communities bypass utilities to save money, push green power

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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Apparent conflicts of interest may dog Tesla-SolarCity deal

Elon Musk

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — It’s a proposal that would unite two companies on shaky financial ground as they plow into relatively new markets. One makes electric cars, the other installs solar panels. There are few obvious synergies. Perhaps even more puzzling are the motives of Elon Musk, a polarizing billionaire who is the chairman and largest shareholder of both companies. ...

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