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Hawaii utility program to vary rates based on time of day

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HONOLULU (AP) — Regulators have approved a program for Hawaiian Electric customers to pay different rates for electricity based on the time of day. Under the pilot program announced Monday, customers will pay more for power at night when it’s more expensive to produce. They’ll be charged less during the day when the state’s many solar panels reduce the cost ...

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Ethics panel won’t clear PSC member lease to solar company

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) An Alabama Public Service Commission member should not sign a potentially lucrative lease with a solar energy company that hopes to sell energy to a utility he regulates, a state ethics panel said Thursday. The Alabama Ethics Commission, voting 3-2, issued an advisory opinion Thursday saying Public Service Commissioner Chip Beeker should not enter into the agreement ...

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States review clean energy projects for New England region

rooftop solar panels, renewable energy

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut, Rhode Island and Massachusetts officials are joining with electric utilities to evaluate more than 50 solicitations from companies to build plants that would generate clean energy for all three states. The states are hoping to leverage their combined purchasing power and attract projects they possibly couldn’t lure on their own. The goal is to ultimately ...

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After court setback, solar battle shifts toward Legislature

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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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Solar plane’s arrival highlights UAE’s clean-energy push

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The United Arab Emirates might not seem like an obvious spot to begin and end a globe-spanning flight promoting renewable energy. It is OPEC’s fourth biggest oil producer, after all, where gas guzzlers rule the road and the air conditioning is always on — not just at its indoor ski slope. Its oil ...

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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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Feds remove the lesser prairie chicken from protection list

lesser prairie chicken

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Facing an uphill court fight, the U.S. government announced Tuesday it was formally removing the lesser prairie chicken from a federal protection list under the Endangered Species Act. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said the move follows recent court rulings in Texas that stripped the lesser prairie chicken of federal protection. However, federal officials say ...

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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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