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    PNS Daily News - October 7, 20160 

    Today’s news features a variety of issues including: the largest one-time release of prisoners announced by the Justice Department; new projects aim to stem catastrophic wildfires; and why kids around the globe are putting on their walking shoes today.

Energy Policy

A Muni streetcar along the Embarcadero in San Francisco during the December holiday season. Credit: Luciano Mortula/iStockphoto.

BERKELEY, Calif. – Encouraging Californians to use the state's light-rail systems instead of driving is being promoted as one way to combat climate change. A report out today from UC Berkeley and the nonprofit Next 10 rates transit systems like the Metro in Los Angeles and BART in San Francis ...Read More

Train loaded with coal. Credit: bsauter/iStock

BOISE, Idaho – Today is the last day to put in your two cents worth with the Public Utility Commission on when Idaho Power should retire its coal-fired power plants. The public comment period ends tonight on Idaho Power's latest 20-year plan, which it updates with the PUC every other year. ...Read More

The state Public Utilities Commission is holding hearings for solar power compensation. Credit:

SAN FRANCISCO – The big three California utility companies are going before the Public Utilities Commission in San Francisco today to argue for changes in the way people with rooftop solar are compensated for the energy they feed back into the grid. Right now under the net metering program, s ...Read More

Solar is becoming a popular, cost-effective energy option in Illinois. Credit: charlesa46741/Morguefile

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - Living off the sun's power may seem futuristic, but it's a reality for many Illinoisans. During the Illinois Solar Power Tour on Saturday, more than 80 businesses and homes around the state will showcase their use of solar arrays and other renewable-energy installations. Lisa Al ...Read More

Heavy metals in power-plant wastewater can contaminate waterways. Credit: SusanUtley/

PITTSBURGH - Environmentalists are calling new rules for contaminated wastewater from coal-fired steam power plants a victory. The rules finalized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency this week set the first limits on the levels of toxic metals in discharged water. The old rules, last update ...Read More

A bill introduced Thursday in Congress would allow mining in an area of the Mojave Desert that is already part of a proposed National Monument. Credit: Ryse Lawrence.

BARSTOW, Calif. – Mining exploration would be allowed in an area of the Mojave Desert deemed sensitive by environmental advocates if a bill introduced Thursday in Congress passes. The California Minerals, Off-Road Recreation and Conservation Act, sponsored by U.S. Rep. Paul Cook, R-Calif., wo ...Read More

A new report from Greenpeace outlines how the world can transition away from fossil fuels to 100 percent renewable energy by the year 2050. Credit: Dmitry Rukhlenko/iStockphoto.

AUSTIN, Texas – The world can transition to 100 percent renewable energy by the year 2050, according to a new report from Greenpeace. The plan calls for phasing out oil and gas at a rate that matches the depletion of existing fields, and warns exploration for new fields should be seen as hig ...Read More

New York State officials are awarding $175 million to five companies for their renewable energy projects. Credit: Luke Partridge/

ALBANY, N.Y. – Governor Andrew Cuomo's administration has awarded $175 million to five new, large-scale clean energy projects. Officials say the projects will help New York meet its goals of reducing greenhouse gas emissions and relying less on fossil fuels. Peter Constantakes with the New Yo ...Read More

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