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EPA’s plan to boost ethanol use in gasoline gets hearing

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Obama administration’s proposal to boost the amount of ethanol and other renewable fuels blended into gasoline produced at least one consensus Thursday during the matter’s only public hearing: Few, if anyone, is entirely satisfied by the plan. Ethanol advocates, largely from Midwest farming states, testified that the Environmental Protection Agency’s target for biofuels next ...

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Lawmakers weigh bill to boost hydro, wind power

BOSTON (AP) — Legislation that could make hydro and wind power a bigger part of the state’s overall energy mix is expected to win approval in the House. The bill slated for debate on Wednesday would require utilities to solicit long-term contracts for importing an additional 1,200 megawatts each of Canadian hydroelectricity and offshore wind. Republican Gov. Charlie Baker and ...

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Deadline looms for Hawaiian Electric merger with NextEra

HONOLULU (AP) — A deadline is looming in Hawaii over a proposal for Florida-based company NextEra to buy the state’s main utility, in a deal that questions the state’s ability to attract investment and to meet its aggressive renewable energy goals. NextEra has proposed to buy Hawaiian Electric for $4.3 billion, and the sale was approved by Hawaiian Electric’s shareholders ...

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Feds solicit bids for wind farm off coast of NY, NJ

NEW YORK (AP) — The federal government says it will auction off the rights to build an electricity-generating windfarm on 81,000 acres of ocean off the coast of New York and New Jersey. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell announced the lease sale Tuesday. Officials say seven companies have expressed an interest so far in bidding for the lease on the waters, ...

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Interest in solar power soaring while utility seeks rate cut

GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) — Interest in solar power is soaring in Montana because of the state’s sunny skies and profit potential. But NorthWestern Energy, the largest public utility in Montana, is seeking a sharp cut in rates set by the Public Service Commission, the Great Falls Tribune reported. That could curb some of the enthusiasm. NorthWestern currently pays $66 per ...

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Solar-powered plane’s latest leg: Ohio to Pennsylvania

solar-powered plane

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — A solar-powered airplane has taken off from the Ohio hometown of America aviation pioneers Wilbur and Orville Wright on the latest leg of its journey around the world. The Swiss-made Solar Impulse 2 took off from Dayton International Airport just after 4 a.m. Wednesday with a destination of Lehigh Valley International Airport in Allentown, Pennsylvania. The flight ...

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Mirrors blamed for fire at world’s largest solar plant

PRIMM, Nev. (AP) — A small fire shut down a generating tower Thursday at the world’s largest solar power plant, leaving the sprawling facility on the California-Nevada border operating at only a third of its capacity, authorities said. Firefighters had to climb some 300 feet up a boiler tower at the Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System in California after fire ...

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Hundreds join protest march at northwestern Indiana refinery

WHITING, Ind. (AP) — Police arrested about 40 people who sat in front of a northwestern Indiana oil refinery’s main entrance after a march by hundreds of protesters. The protest organized by environmentalists targeted the BP Whiting Refinery because it is a top processor of heavy crude oil extracted from Canada’s tar sand deposits. Speakers on Sunday urged a transition ...

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Companies propose deep-water wind turbines off Hawaii shores

offshore, wind turbines, Hawaii

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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3 upstate NY colleges winners in $3 million energy contest

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Student-led teams from three upstate New York colleges have been awarded $1 million each for their proposals to harness renewable energy to power their campuses. The winners announced Monday are teams at Bard College, University at Buffalo and Broome Community College. The Bard project will spur installation of micro-hydroelectric power generators. The Buffalo team will install ...

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