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On climate change, Biden $3.5T plan making up for lost time

As President Joe Biden visited one disaster site after another this summer — from California wildfires to hurricane-induced flooding in Louisiana and New York — he said climate change is “everybody’s crisis” and America must get serious about the “code red” danger posed by global warming.
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PG&E charged in California wildfire last year that killed 4

Pacific Gas & Electric was charged Friday with involuntary manslaughter and other crimes after its equipment sparked a Northern California wildfire that killed four people and destroyed hundreds of homes last year, prosecutors said.

Shadow contracts, corruption keep the lights out in Iraq

In the Baghdad suburb of Sadr City, glossy election campaign posters are plastered alongside jungles of sagging electrical wires lining the alleyway to Abu Ammar’s home.

Backers push new Ohio energy efficiency incentive plan

Ohio utilities would set a goal of reducing energy waste by 0.5% a year, a more modest goal than the former 2% requirement.

Ford invests in electric vehicle battery recycling company

Ford Motor Co. is investing $50M in an upstart EV battery recycling company as the automaker moves to shore up its U.S. battery supply chain.
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Lawsuit: Ida outages due to ‘gum and super glue’ at utility

A lawsuit alleges that Louisiana's largest electric utility used a "bubble gum and super glue" approach to maintenance and construction that left customers sweltering in the dark without adequate sewage treatment after Hurricane Ida.

Judge: Construction can continue on most of $1B transmission corridor through Maine

Construction on a 145-mile (233-kilometer) electricity transmission corridor in western Maine can continue while litigation proceeds over a 1-mile section that was leased by the state, a state Supreme Court justice ruled.
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Buckle up utilities, Ford is adding 450 jobs to meet demand for new electric...

Ford Motor Co. plans to spend $250 million and add 450 jobs at three Michigan plants to meet demand for the new F-150 Lightning.

Nicholas lingers in Louisiana, dumps rain as far as Florida

More than 112,000 electricity customers were still without power Wednesday morning in Texas, including 75,000 in the Houston area.
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Judge digs deeper into PG&E’s suspected role in Dixie Fire

A Pacific Gas & Electric troubleshooter spent nearly two hours in federal court Monday fielding questions about whether the beleaguered utility could have turned off the electricity sooner to a power line now suspected of sparking the monstrous Dixie Fire two months ago.