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Hawaii utility program to vary rates based on time of day

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HONOLULU (AP) — Regulators have approved a program for Hawaiian Electric customers to pay different rates for electricity based on the time of day. Under the pilot program announced Monday, customers will pay more for power at night when it’s more expensive to produce. They’ll be charged less during the day when the state’s many solar panels reduce the cost ...

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Ethics panel won’t clear PSC member lease to solar company

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) An Alabama Public Service Commission member should not sign a potentially lucrative lease with a solar energy company that hopes to sell energy to a utility he regulates, a state ethics panel said Thursday. The Alabama Ethics Commission, voting 3-2, issued an advisory opinion Thursday saying Public Service Commissioner Chip Beeker should not enter into the agreement ...

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States review clean energy projects for New England region

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut, Rhode Island and Massachusetts officials are joining with electric utilities to evaluate more than 50 solicitations from companies to build plants that would generate clean energy for all three states. The states are hoping to leverage their combined purchasing power and attract projects they possibly couldn’t lure on their own. The goal is to ultimately ...

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The Latest: New Mexico approves Facebook power plan

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SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico regulators have approved a power-supply plan for a proposed Facebook data center as the state vies with Utah to lure investments by the social media giant. The New Mexico Public Regulation Commission voted unanimously Wednesday to approve a plan from investor-owned utility Public Service Co. of New Mexico that would use new solar ...

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Solar projects can’t save the forest for the trees?

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WADING RIVER, N.Y. (AP) — A green energy project has some environmentalists seeing red. Solar energy ordinarily wins praise from groups that want to cut greenhouse gases, but a proposed solar project at a defunct Long Island nuclear power plant has stirred outrage because it requires demolishing 350 acres of woodlands. “Choosing solar over forests anywhere in the world is ...

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Idaho Power eyes state’s first utility-owned solar plant

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BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho Power is looking to build the state’s first utility-owned solar power project. The company recently filed an application with the Idaho Public Utilities Commission seeking approval for its Community Solar Pilot Program. The proposed 500-kilowatt solar array would be built southeast of Boise and power about 1,000 homes and 500 businesses. The company in an ...

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