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Full DC appeals court to decide on Obama carbon-cutting plan

WASHINGTON (AP) — The full appeals court in Washington will hear arguments in the legal fight over President Barack Obama’s plan to curtail greenhouse gas emissions, potentially accelerating the case’s path to the Supreme Court. The United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit issued an order Monday scheduling oral arguments on the legality of the Clean ...

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Companies propose deep-water wind turbines off Hawaii shores

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HONOLULU (AP) — Massive wind turbines could end up floating in deep ocean waters off Hawaii’s shores under proposals to bring more renewable energy to the islands. Two companies have proposed offshore wind turbine projects for federal waters off Oahu as Hawaii pushes to meet its aggressive renewable energy goals. Their plans would use technology that floats the tall turbines ...

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New York invests in $220 million in clean energy projects

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York is partnering with several private companies to invest up to $220 million in new clean energy and energy efficiency projects. The move, announced by Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Thursday, is part of the state’s effort to generate half of its electricity from renewable sources by the year 2030. Overall, the state plans to set ...

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Oakland University conference focuses on energy efficiency

ROCHESTER, Mich. (AP) — A conference at Oakland University in Rochester will explore use of combined heat and power to boost energy efficiency by reducing waste. “Combined heat and power” is also known as cogeneration. Such systems produce electricity and useful thermal energy in one package. Backers say they avoid losses that happen when heat and power are generated separately. ...

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Vermnont lawmakers approve budget, energy siting and revenue bills

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont Legislature wrapped up this year’s session just after midnight, agreeing on bills to raise $49 million in new revenue and voting to give municipalities and regional planning commissions more say on where solar and wind-powered projects should go, as long as they’re in line with state goals. Lawmakers also signed off on a $5.7 ...

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New York state schedules series of hearings on clean energy

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The New York State Department of Public Service is hosting a series of public hearings on a new clean energy proposal. Officials will provide information and take public comment on the state’s proposed Clean Energy Standard. The program mandates that 50 percent of all electricity consumed in New York by 2030 come from clean and renewable ...

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Lobbying by renewable energy groups on rise in Massachusetts

BOSTON (AP) — An effort to jolt Massachusetts’ reliance on solar and wind projects has surged in recent years, powered in part by an increase in lobbying by supporters of renewable energy. In 2015, nearly two dozen renewable energy companies and advocacy groups poured more than $1.5 million into lobbying in an effort to get their voices heard by Beacon ...

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Vermont utility starts installing Tesla Powerwall home batteries

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COLCHESTER, Vt. (AP) — Green Mountain Power in Vermont says it is the first utility in the country to start installing the Tesla Powerwall home battery, enabling customers to store power for use during outages. When it’s paired with rooftop solar panels, customers can generate and store their own energy. During a storm or emergency, the battery is able to ...

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GOP states benefiting from shift to wind and solar energy

GOP states benefiting from shift to wind and solar energy

WASHINGTON (AP) — If there’s a War on Coal, it’s increasingly clear which side is winning. Wind turbines and solar panels accounted for more than two-thirds of all new electric generation capacity added to the nation’s grid in 2015, according to a recent analysis by the U.S. Department of Energy. The remaining third was largely new power plants fueled by ...

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New wind energy rule would permit thousands of eagle deaths

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is revising a federal rule that allows wind-energy companies to operate high-speed turbines for up to 30 years, even if means killing or injuring thousands of federally protected bald and golden eagles. Under the plan announced Wednesday, companies could kill or injure up to 4,200 bald eagles a year without penalty —nearly four times ...

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