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Senate approves wide-ranging energy bill

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky. listens at left as Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn of Texas speaks to reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, April 19, 2016. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate approved a wide-ranging energy bill Wednesday that would promote a variety of energy sources and speed federal approval of projects to export liquefied natural gas to Europe and Asia. Senators backed the measure, 85 to 12, the first ambitious energy bill approved by the Senate in nearly a decade. The bill would boost renewables such ...

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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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New Mexico to hit solar tax credit limit this summer

New Mexico to hit solar tax credit limit this summer

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico energy conservation officials have been hit with a flood of applications for the state’s solar tax credit and are on track to meet the $3 million cap way before the end of the year. The cap has been met each of the last four years, but officials say it’ll likely happen by the ...

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Mickey Mouse-shaped solar facility unveiled at Disney World

Walt Disney World's Mickey Mouse shaped solar power installation. (Image courtesy of NearMap)

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — It’s only fitting that solar panels that will help with the power needs of Walt Disney World are shaped like the famous ears of the mouse that started the Disney enterprise. Officials with Disney World, Duke Energy and Disney’s private government on Tuesday flipped on the switch to a Mickey Mouse-shaped solar facility located ...

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Baker signs bill lifting solar energy caps

Baker signs bill lifting solar energy caps

BOSTON (AP) — A new state law could jumpstart stalled solar energy projects in Massachusetts. The measure given final approval by lawmakers last week and signed Monday by Republican Gov. Charlie Baker raises caps on the state’s net metering program. Net metering allows homeowners, solar developers and municipal governments to sell excess power they generate back to the electrical grid ...

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World Bank hikes aid to poor nations fighting global warming

A View of Earth From Apollo 11 (NASA, July 19, 1969). (Image: NASA via Flickr)

WASHINGTON (AP) — The World Bank is boosting spending on climate change by 50 percent to help poorer countries battle global warming and power 150 million homes with renewable energy. The bank released a 59-page climate action plan Thursday designed to help less developed nations meet global warming goals that countries set last December in Paris. The international financial organization ...

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Legislative committee reaches deal on solar power bill

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BOSTON (AP) — A legislative committee has reached a deal on a bill designed to help shape the future of solar energy use in Massachusetts by making it easier to get credit for generating extra power from solar panels. Lawmakers have been debating proposed changes to the state’s net metering program, which allows homeowners, solar developers and municipal governments to ...

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Feds approve 287-megawatt solar plant in California desert

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BAKER, Calif. (AP) — The federal government has approved plans to build a solar power plant in California’s Mojave Desert that could provide enough electricity for 86,000 homes. The Interior Department says approval was granted last week for the Soda Mountain Solar Project. The 287-megawatt plant would be built six miles southwest of Baker near Interstate 15, the highway that ...

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Solar farm developers target New York with lease offers

The Long Island Solar Farm (LISF) is a 32-megawatt solar photovoltaic power plant built through a collaboration including BP Solar, the Long Island Power Authority (LIPA), and the Department of Energy. (Image: Brookhaven National Laboratory via Flckr)

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Less than a year after New York banned fracking, dashing the hopes of farmers who had hoped to reap royalties from natural gas leases, the commercial solar industry is courting landowners for energy production. Buoyed by Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s renewable energy plan and the extension of the 30 percent federal tax credit in December, solar ...

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New Mexico groups push for more renewable energy

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A coalition of New Mexico environmental groups and community leaders are pushing for more electricity to come from renewable energy sources. The head of the University of New Mexico’s Sustainable Studies Program, Bruce Milne, says it’s both desirable and feasible for the U.S. to shift to 100 percent renewable energy and that technological innovations in the ...

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