- General Mills sets ambitious goal for greenhouse gas cuts Updated: Aug-30-15 2:02 pm
GOLDEN VALLEY, Minnesota - General Mills has set an ambitious goal of reducing its greenhouse gas emissions 28 percent by 2025 - not just within its own operations but from farm to fork to landfill.
- Exelon mulls closure of unprofitable Quad Cities nuke plant Updated: Aug-30-15 12:01 pm
CHICAGO - The owner of Illinois' 11 nuclear reactors must decide next month whether to close its Quad Cities plant, one of three generating stations Exelon Corp. has said are in danger of closing if lawmakers don't approve a surcharge on electric bills to boost profits.
- Amid backlash, Iowa co-op drops planned fee for solar hookup Updated: Aug-28-15 12:47 pm
PELLA, Iowa - Facing a backlash from solar energy advocates and an inquiry from regulators, a rural Iowa electricity cooperative has dropped a plan to charge customers who install solar panels on their homes and businesses a special $85 monthly charge.
- New Mexico utility tries again with new rate request Updated: Aug-27-15 8:10 pm
ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico - New Mexico's largest electric utility on Thursday renewed its request to raise rates, this time by an average of more than 14 percent.
- End of coal-fired plant will save Jonesboro utility $50M Updated: Aug-27-15 2:59 pm
JONESBORO, Arkansas - The head of Jonesboro's electric utility said the planned phase-out of a coal-fired plant near Pine Bluff will save his utility $50 million.
- Nevada regulators vote to keep existing rooftop solar rates Updated: Aug-26-15 7:26 pm
CARSON CITY, Nevada - Nevada regulators decided Wednesday to keep existing rates in place for rooftop solar customers for a few more months even though the state hit a cap on how much energy can be sold back to a utility company.
- China, US seek 'clean coal' agreement as industry struggles Updated: Aug-25-15 9:58 pm
BILLINGS, Montana - U.S. and China officials took a major step Tuesday toward an agreement to advance "clean coal" technologies that purport to reduce the fuel's contribution to climate change - and could offer a potential lifeline for an industry that's seen its fortunes fade.
- Solar, wind power draw Obama support at Vegas energy summit Updated: Aug-24-15 9:46 pm
LAS VEGAS - President Barack Obama brought presidential star power to tout the benefits of solar electricity in Western states during an annual green power conference Monday in Las Vegas hosted by U.S. Sen. Harry Reid.
- Indiana regulators OK solar power agreements for Duke Energy Updated: Aug-23-15 5:10 pm
KOKOMO, Indiana - Indiana regulators have approved agreements allowing Duke Energy to purchase 20 megawatts of power from four solar farms in the works around the state, including one that will built atop a former federal Superfund site.
- Public hearing to be held on drilling lease near Glacier Updated: Aug-23-15 1:34 pm
HELENA, Montana - A federal panel will hold a public hearing in Choteau next month on whether to allow oil and gas drilling on land near Glacier National Park that is considered sacred by Native American tribes.
- Tennessee Valley Authority to use more gas, renewable power Updated: Aug-21-15 6:20 pm
KNOXVILLE, Tennessee - The country's largest public utility will rely more on natural gas, renewable energy and even energy efficiency in the future.
- Report: Massachusetts riddled with natural gas leaks Updated: Aug-21-15 8:01 am
BOSTON - An analysis of the state's aging natural gas pipelines has found that they are riddled with about 20,000 potentially dangerous and environmentally damaging leaks which may cost ratepayers more than $1 billion.
- Fracking foes sue Ohio elections chief over ballot ruling Updated: Aug-20-15 7:10 pm
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Residents in three Ohio counties contend in a lawsuit that Secretary of State Jon Husted violated their rights when he invalidated ballot proposals they offered that would have restricted development projects related to the gas-drilling technique known as fracking.
- City of Columbia to stop burning coal in October Updated: Aug-20-15 5:36 pm
COLUMBIA, Missouri - Several new environmental regulations have prompted the city of Columbia to stop burning coal at its power plant in mid-October.
- Scientists to look for seismic activity linked to fracking Updated: Aug-20-15 4:46 pm
BALTIMORE - Scientists say they will begin monitoring seismic activity in western Maryland in preparation for hydraulic fracturing for natural gas.
- Ex-minister submits proposal for climate change initiative Updated: Aug-19-15 8:04 pm
HELENA, Montana - A retired clergyman and a one-time political candidate have teamed up in an effort to put global warming mitigation to a statewide vote in 2016.
- EXCHANGE: Diagnostics imaging company taps sun for power Updated: Aug-19-15 8:16 am
JOLIET, Illinois - A Joliet business that offers virtual imaging technology is going green and clean with solar power covering much of its electricity needs.
- Northern Pass 2: More buried lines, fewer poles, less power Updated: Aug-18-15 4:34 pm
PITTSFIELD, New Hampshire - A revised proposal to carry hydropower from Canada through New Hampshire calls for more buried transmission lines, fewer power poles and less juice flowing to consumers.
- Approval of Arctic drilling comes just before Obama's visit Updated: Aug-18-15 12:22 pm
WASHINGTON - The Obama administration's approval of drilling for oil in the Arctic Ocean clashes with the message President Barack Obama will deliver when he visits Alaska to emphasize the dangers of climate change, some environmental groups say.
- Local fracking bans could go before Colorado high court soon Updated: Aug-17-15 11:22 pm
DENVER - Colorado's battle over who should regulate fracking could be on the fast track to the state Supreme Court.
- Feds allow Shell to drill for oil in Arctic Ocean off Alaska Updated: Aug-17-15 6:41 pm
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - The federal government on Monday gave Royal Dutch Shell the final permit it needs to drill for oil in the Arctic Ocean off Alaska's northwest coast for the first time in more than two decades.
- Groups seek to block coal mine expansion Updated: Aug-17-15 5:11 pm
HELENA, Montana - Three conservation groups have filed a lawsuit seeking to stop an expansion of Signal Peak Energy's Bull Mountain coal mine in Montana.
- As seas rise, saltwater plants offer hope farms will survive Updated: Aug-17-15 12:43 am
VEDARANYAM, India - On a sun-scorched wasteland near India's southern tip, an unlikely garden filled with spiky shrubs and spindly greens is growing, seemingly against all odds.
- Researchers work on possible diesel replacement Updated: Aug-16-15 4:17 pm
TOPEKA, Kansas - Researchers from Kansas, Michigan and Nebraska are modifying an oilseed for use as a potential diesel replacement.
- Tucson Electric Power pulls back from coal-burning Updated: Aug-16-15 2:53 pm
TUCSON, Arizona - Tucson Electric Power is halting the use of coal at its largest facility after years of pressure from environmentalists.