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LATEST NEWS FROM THE NETWORK
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 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 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.
October 04, 2023
Nineteen communities across the state are waiting for public utility regulators to rule on proposed community choice aggregation plans, in which local governments negotiate with power suppliers for lower prices or a higher share of renewables.
September 29, 2023
The federal government has pledged billions to plug thousands of abandoned oil wells around the country, but many hurdles remain.
July 05, 2023
A pair of recent studies show that public utility commissions lack diversity, and that appointees are more likely to have utility or fossil fuel connections than environmental backgrounds.
June 30, 2023
The state’s 2009 climate plan was ambitious but lacked follow-through. State lawmakers plan to push forward with support from a $3 million federal grant.
June 02, 2023
Technology incubator groups’ joint program will help people of color, women, veterans and people with disabilities launch more cleantech businesses, as well as develop content specific to distressed, rural and energy legacy communities.
May 25, 2023
Land use is the single biggest factor in determining how much people drive. As the state tries to lower vehicle miles traveled, officials are seeking legislation to encourage more local governments to allow denser development.
April 27, 2023
The tiny liberal arts school 40 miles northeast of Charlotte, just announced a big milestone: its carbon footprint is now zero.
April 04, 2023
A lack of inventory from auto manufacturers and a shortage of fast-charging options in rural areas are among the factors slowing progress toward Minnesota’s state government fleet electrification goal.