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Solar panel again stolen from New Mexico boy’s grave site

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SAN ACACIA, N.M. (AP) — A solar panel placed at a grave site of a 5-year-old boy who was scared of the dark has been stolen for a second time. KRQE-TV in Albuquerque reports (http://goo.gl/6VhUDm) that thieves recently took the solar panel from the resting place of Nico Chavez at the San Acacia Cemetery near Socorro. The solar panel powered ...

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Maui County reaches rooftop solar program limit

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WAILUKU, Hawaii (AP) — Maui Electric Co. is holding off on approving new rooftop solar systems after announcing Wednesday that the county has reached the 5-megawatt limit for solar systems that can send power to its grid. Starting next week, residents on Maui, Lanai and Molokai who want to install new solar systems will have to buy batteries to hold ...

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NorthWestern allowed to negotiate solar power contracts

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HELENA, Mont. (AP) — State regulators voted Thursday to allow NorthWestern Energy to temporarily negotiate contracts with companies that propose building solar energy projects in Montana, rather than paying the set rate that the utility complained was too high. “Our action today to protect NorthWestern Energy’s customers from unreasonably priced solar power is a compromise that still allows solar energy ...

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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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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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Sen. King wants vigilance about cyber threats to energy grid

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine Sen. Angus King is calling for the Senate to protect the country’s critical energy infrastructure from the possibility of cyber attacks. King, an Independent, has introduced the Securing Energy Infrastructure Act of 2016, which he says would protect the electrical grid from these kinds of attacks. The legislation would explore methods of replacing computer-based technologies ...

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Vermont governor vetoes renewable energy bill

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MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin has vetoed a bill designed to give local communities more say in the siting of wind and solar power projects. Lawmakers are expected to return to Montpelier on Thursday to debate whether to override the governor’s veto. The Democratic governor says he objects to what he says is the bill’s treatment of ...

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Global energy leaders look to nitty gritty of climate accord

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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Energy leaders from countries that pump out 75 percent of the world’s climate-changing emissions talked Thursday on the nitty-gritty of putting last year’s Paris climate accord into action, including funding the needed global technology overhaul. The annual gathering of energy leaders representing 23 countries and the European Commission was one of their first since December, when ...

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Gov. LePage continues ‘war’ against environmental group

Gov. Paul R. LePage and Education Commissioner Stephen Bowen. (Image: Maine Dept. of Education via Flickr)

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A top environmental nonprofit is lambasting Maine Republican Gov. Paul LePage’s office for tracking down their top donors and sending them letters urging them to rethink their financial support. At this year’s Maine GOP convention, LePage declared war on the Natural Resources Council of Maine for the group’s lobbying against hydroelectric power agreements and mining bills. ...

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Labor, green groups team up to push for clean energy in NY

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A coalition of labor union members and environmental groups is coming to Albany to push state leaders to adopt a more aggressive response to climate change. The group said Wednesday’s rally is in support of stronger, enforceable energy standards to reduce carbon emissions and promote clean energy sources. Hector Figueroa, president of 32BJ Service Employees International ...

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