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Duke Energy seeking bids for renewable energy projects

Duke Energy, pollution, divestment

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Duke Energy Carolinas is seeking 750,000 megawatt-hours of renewable energy to help the company meet a 2007 North Carolina law. The Charlotte-based utility is requesting bids from solar, wind, biomass, landfill gas and other facilities that qualify as a renewable energy resource, excluding swine and poultry waste. A state law requires the company to generate 12.5 ...

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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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After court setback, solar battle shifts toward Legislature

rooftop solar panels, renewable energy

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Rooftop solar advocates had hoped to take their cause directly to voters after a rate hike this year rocked the industry in Nevada, and their chances of winning on the ballot looked good after they gathered more than double the number of voter signatures needed to put a sweeping referendum on the November ballot. But after ...

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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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Vermont governor vetoes renewable energy bill

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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Solar power supporters face long odds against LePage veto

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine solar power advocates face long odds as they work to persuade enough Republican lawmakers to switch their votes on a high-profile solar bill and override an almost-certain veto by Republican Gov. Paul LePage. Advocates say they are six votes short in the House and five votes short in the Senate of the two-thirds majority needed ...

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Utilities unveil largest solar power plant in Kentucky

BURGIN, Ky. (AP) — Louisville Gas & Electric and Kentucky Utilities have unveiled the state’s largest solar facility. Multiple news outlets report that the companies showcased the solar plant Tuesday at the E.W. Brown Generating Station near Burgin. The complex features a hydroelectric plant, three coal-fired generating units and seven natural gas-fired combustion turbines. Utilities CEO Paul W. Thompson says ...

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Major solar energy project operational in western Michigan

Major solar energy project operational in western Michigan

ALLENDALE, Mich. (AP) — A major solar energy project is up and running in western Michigan. WOOD-TV reports 11,000 solar panels are installed on 17 acres south of Grand Valley State University’s main campus in Allendale. Consumers Energy and Grand Valley State held a groundbreaking for the Solar Gardens project in October. The 3-megawatt site can generate electricity to serve ...

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Vermont’s war of words over renewable energy continues

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Critics of Vermont’s process for deciding where solar and wind energy projects can be built emerged from a legislative hearing Tuesday unhappy, while a key regulator said the dissatisfaction stems from “growing pains of a changing world.” In the end, Vermont’s war of words over the issue continues unabated. Two House committees, Fish and Wildlife and ...

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