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February 10, 2024
An analysis by the Howard Center for Investigative Journalism at Arizona State University found nine proposed lithium mines are within 10 miles of Native American reservations.
January 29, 2024
A power outage affected as many as 5,000 customers, which occurred during the NFL championship game between the San Francisco 49ers and Detroit Lions, which the bay area team eventually won 34-31.
West Virginia is required to have a five-year plan outlining its energy priorities. It hasn’t published one in nearly a decade.
January 24, 2024
When asked about the missing energy plans, the head of the Office of Energy told Mountain State Spotlight there were drafts but no finalized reports. The lack of a plan could set the state back.
January 22, 2024
As record lows produced record electric demand, renewable energy advocates and the state’s largest utility debate whether coal remains an essential winter power source.
January 16, 2024
The project is over budget and behind schedule, with a lot of hard work left to do. Its opponents hope that makes fossil fuel companies think twice about building the next one.
January 01, 2024
An 80-year-old electricity supplier goes all in on decarbonization. Unlike investor-owned utilities, which are controlled by shareholders, rural distribution co-ops answer to the households and businesses that use the energy.
December 20, 2023
Check out ten of our best Energy News Network stories from the past year, from tackling toxic coal ash in Puerto Rico to electrifying buildings in snowy Maine.
November 28, 2023
Advocates see an Inflation Reduction Act program as a critical opportunity to help low-income communities – from its largest cities to its rural Appalachian counties – reap the benefits of solar power.
November 26, 2023
In a scenario reminiscent of similar battles, plans for overhead transmission lines are being pushed by key politicians but fought by those directly affected.
November 23, 2023
Agrivoltaics integrates solar power and crop cultivation to the benefit of both. An OSU prof thinks it could be the future.
November 13, 2023
Dairyland Rural Electric Co-op says a large new natural gas plant is necessary to support renewables and grid reliability. Advocates say times have changed.
October 31, 2023
The collaboration between Iowa State University and Alliant Energy is the first utility-scale agrivoltaics project in the Midwest. Researchers will raise bees and plant vegetables, fruits and pollinator habitat within the 10-acre solar farm.
October 19, 2023
Spreadsheets show more than 800 releases of gas, oil, brine or other materials from industry activities onto the ground or into the air and water since 2018 began.
October 10, 2023
A Virginia-based power company sold its coal ash to local governments and contractors in Puerto Rico as a cheap material for road construction. Almost two decades later, dust and runoff from this coal ash continues to spread toxic and radioactive pollution in rural communities along the island’s south coast.
Oilfield companies helped to craft Texas’ new waste rules for 2 years before the public got to see them
October 04, 2023
The effort to update the state’s oilfield waste disposal rules was initiated by Railroad Commissioner Jim Wright, one of the state’s top oil and gas regulators who has investments in the industry.