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NorthWestern allowed to negotiate solar power contracts

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HELENA, Mont. (AP) — State regulators voted Thursday to allow NorthWestern Energy to temporarily negotiate contracts with companies that propose building solar energy projects in Montana, rather than paying the set rate that the utility complained was too high. “Our action today to protect NorthWestern Energy’s customers from unreasonably priced solar power is a compromise that still allows solar energy ...

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Energy bill prospects dim in dispute over drilling, drought

In this photo taken April 20, 2016, Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Chair Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, right, accompanied by the committee's ranking member, Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., speak about energy policy modernization during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. Congressional efforts to approve the first major energy bill in nearly a decade are in jeopardy amid a partisan dispute over oil drilling, water for drought-stricken California and potential rollback of protections for the gray wolf and other wildlife.  (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congressional efforts to approve the first major energy bill in nearly a decade are in jeopardy amid a partisan dispute over oil drilling, water for drought-stricken California and potential rollback of protections for the gray wolf and other wildlife. A bipartisan bill approved by the Senate in April would boost oil and natural gas production while encouraging renewable ...

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Developing world overtakes West in renewables investments

Developing world overtakes West in renewables investments

STOCKHOLM (AP) — A U.N.-backed report says global investments in solar, wind and other sources of renewable energy reached a record $286 billion last year. For the first time the developing world accounted for the majority. The United Nations Environment Program on Thursday said renewable investments in developing countries jumped 19 percent to $156 billion in 2015, with $103 billion ...

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