LOS ANGELES (AP) — California utilities were restoring electricity after intentionally cutting it to tens of thousands of people because of extreme fire danger but high winds projected to sweep the area into Tuesday morning could see more outages.
Winds strong enough to topple trees and ...
The Latest: PG&E busy restoring power after wind cuts
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Latest on tens of thousands of people losing power in California because of wildfire danger (all times local):
California utilities are restoring electricity to tens of thousands of people after intentionally cutting their power because of concerns ...
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Concerned about downed power lines sparking wildfires, two major California utilities took the rare step of cutting power to customers amid high winds — and another power provider was considering similar action.
The move came as strong winds swept California, knocking ...
HALLOWELL, Maine (AP) — Regulators are giving Mainers another chance to weigh in on a proposed hydropower project.
Maine’s Public Utilities Commission will hold a third public hearing Wednesday in Hallowell. The commission’s examiners’ report on the project is set for release Dec. ...
PANAMA CITY, Fla. (AP) — The Latest on the aftermath of Hurricane Michael (all times local):
Power and cellphone service is starting to be restored in parts of Florida’s storm-battered Panhandle.
State emergency management officials reported Saturday that nearly 264,000 ...
NRC approves sale of closed Vermont Yankee nuclear plant
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has approved the sale of the closed Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant to a company that has promised to dismantle the plant decades ahead of the previous schedule.
The NRC announced its decision Friday to approve the transfer of the ...
BOSTON (AP) — The utility company involved in last month’s explosions and fires in three Massachusetts communities have been ordered by state regulators to halt all non-emergency natural gas work.
The moratorium imposed Friday by the Department of Public Utilities covers all parts of the ...
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Almost all natural gas customers in West Virginia will be seeing a reduction in part of their rates starting next month.
The state Public Service Commission said it ordered natural gas utilities to lower the purchased gas portion of their rates for more than 95 ...
BOSTON (AP) — State regulators have ordered a halt on non-emergency natural gas work by National Grid after a mistake during routine maintenance caused service to be shut off to hundreds of homes in a Massachusetts city.
The Department of Public Utilities said the moratorium, imposed ...
LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) — A private equity firm working to acquiring utility systems across the Southeast wants to manage and operate some of the utilities of a Louisiana city.
The Daily Advertiser
LAS VEGAS (AP) — A state review discovered that a utility company wants Nevada residents to pay for costs associated with houses for its employees and even employee massages.
The Las Vegas Review-Journal
LANCASTER, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania investigators are asking to impose a $2.1 million fine on a utility company, alleging violations relating to a gas explosion that leveled a house and killed a utility worker last year.
The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission’s Bureau of Investigation ...
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — State regulators said a former chief executive with the parent company of South Carolina Electric & Gas co. was paid nearly $2 million as a consultant but the company has provided no documents on what he did to earn the money.
SCANA Corp. hired William Timmerman ...
Alabama city’s water affected by seasonal algae bloom
OPELIKA, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama city’s utility company says a seasonal algae bloom in a nearby lake is causing its water to have an earthy taste and smell.
The Opelika-Auburn News
Consumer advocate fights FirstEnergy Solutions bankruptcy
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio’s lawyer for utility ratepayers has moved to stop the bankruptcy of a key regional power company.
The Ohio Consumers’ Counsel recently appealed FirstEnergy Solutions’ request.
The office told the U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals the company shouldn’t be ...
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After blasts, state orders natural gas safety review
BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts regulators are calling for an outside review of the state’s natural gas distribution system in the wake of gas explosions and fires that affected three communities earlier this month.
The Department of Public Utilities said Wednesday it would name an ...
Turkmenistan ends free utilities after a quarter century
ASHGABAT, Turkmenistan (AP) — Turkmenistan’s president has ordered a complete end to free natural gas, electricity and water, which residents of the Central Asian nation have enjoyed for a quarter century.
Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov said Wednesday the move taking effect next year would ...
Cost caps sought for Georgia nuclear project to move forward
ATLANTA (AP) — The nation’s only major nuclear power plant under construction appears to still be alive as the three owners seek to hash out conditions that one of them set on the project, now years over schedule and billions of dollars over budget.
Oglethorpe Power on Monday said it’s ...
The Latest: Georgia nuclear plant gets tentative up vote
ATLANTA (AP) — The Latest on budget overruns in construction of a Georgia nuclear power facility (all times local):
The nation’s only major nuclear power plant under construction appears to still be alive after the owners voted to push forward despite another ...
Minnesota regulators approve wind farm amid opposition
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota regulators unanimously approved permits for a wind farm project in southern Minnesota amid opposition from local residents.
The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission last week approved site and route permits for Invenergy’s Freeborn Wind Farm project after ...
New California law helps utilities with wildfire lawsuits
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown signed a measure Friday allowing utilities to bill their customers to pay for future legal settlements stemming from devastating 2017 wildfires, even if the blazes are blamed on the company’s mismanagement.
The bill is aimed at preventing ...
Groups file new lawsuit over solar panel credit ruling
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Environmental groups have filed a new lawsuit against the Maine Public Utilities Commission over its decision to reduce the credit homeowners receive on their energy bills when they install solar panels.
The Bangor Daily News
State regulators approve Freeborn County wind farm
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — State utility regulators have approved a wind farm in southern Minnesota that was opposed by neighbors.
The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission voted 5-0 Thursday to approve a permit for the Freeborn Wind farm in Freeborn County.
Residents were concerned ...
Report: Connecticut utilities fended off cyberattacks
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A new state report says Connecticut’s electric, natural gas and large water companies successfully fought off a growing number of sophisticated cyberattacks last year.
The Connecticut Critical Infrastructure 2018 Annual Report released Tuesday found utilities are ...
The Latest: New Jersey eyes wind energy after plant closes
LACEY TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) — The Latest on the New Jersey nuclear plant that shut down Monday. (all times local):
New Jersey is looking to wind energy to replace some of the electric power it is losing now that the Oyster Creek nuclear power plant has shut down.
Bill would change how invasive species prevention is funded
MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — The Montana Environmental Quality Council is proposing legislation that would drop hydroelectric power fees as a funding source for aquatic invasive species prevention program.
Instead, the proposed bill would shift the cost of the $6.5 million state program to ...
California commission takes up over-billing by water entity
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — A California commission announced it will formally consider whether a private Silicon Valley water company failed to pro-rate bills for years, costing customers millions of dollars.
The Mercury News of San Jose
An old problem: Aging pipelines lead to deadly explosions
The natural gas pipeline in the United States is vast, sprawling across 2.5 million miles in a complex pressurized system that delivers a quarter of the energy consumed nationwide, according to the American Gas Association. Many of the pipes are old, and utilities are in various stages of ...
Boil water advisory ends for West Texas city of San Angelo
SAN ANGELO, Texas (AP) — A boil-water notice has been lifted for a West Texas city of 100,000 residents where a broken main led to restrictions on consumption and other water usage.
San Angelo officials say the boil-water ...
A look at California’s plan to get carbon-free electricity
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation putting California on a path toward getting all its electricity from carbon-free sources. Electricity is responsible for 16 percent of California’s greenhouse gas emissions.
HOW WE GOT HERE
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California utility proposes wildfire safety measures
A California utility plans to replace 3,400 miles of overhead power lines with insulated wire to reduce the risk of them sparking when hit by tree limbs or other objects, the company announced Monday.
Southern California Edison aims to replace the lines by 2025 to align itself with ...
Fort Collins to go to ‘time-of-day pricing’ for utilities
FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) — Fort Collins will soon start charging different rates for electricity depending on when homeowners crank the heat or run the dishwasher.
Utility appeals dismissal of pipeline eminent domain case
MINOT, N.D. (AP) — Montana-Dakota Utilities has appealed a judge’s dismissal of its eminent domain proceeding for a proposed natural gas pipeline west of Minot.
North Central District Judge Gary Lee earlier this summer ruled that harm to private landowner Lavern Behm outweighed any public ...
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Duke Energy has filed plans with state regulators to close its seven North Carolina coal plants during the next 30 years.
The Charlotte Observer reports the utility’s plans filed ...
Utility asks judge to block release of coal plant facts
SEATTLE (AP) — An electric utility is asking a Washington state judge to permanently block the public release of some economic information it provided to state regulators about its coal-burning units.
The Sierra Club says the public should have clear information about the financial risks ...
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey utility officials will soon start reviewing plans for a 25-megawatt offshore wind project off Atlantic City.
The state Board of Public Utilities on Wednesday formally accepted the application filed by EDF Renewables and Fishermen’s Energy LLC. The two ...
Utility sued over fatal Omaha blast that destroyed homes
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A couple whose Omaha house was destroyed by an explosion next door are suing the Metropolitan Utilities District.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on a California measure allowing utilities to pass along the cost of wildfire lawsuits to their customers (all times local):
The California Legislature has approved a measure allowing higher electricity bills to pay off lawsuits stemming ...
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — The Public Service Commission has denied a bid by Kentucky’s two largest electric utilities to install “smart” meters in homes across the state.
The state agency said in an order on Thursday that while it sees benefits of using the technology, the utilities failed to ...
PHOENIX (AP) — A judge ordered officials at an Arizona water utility to give EPCOR USA financial control of the company or go to jail.
The Arizona Republic
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — State regulators say customers of Virginia’s largest electric monopoly paid more than $300 million in excessive rates last year.
A new report by the State Corporation Commission said Dominion Energy’s base rates produced a nearly 14 percent return on equity, a ...
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California utilities regulators would have the option of letting power companies charge their customers for some of the costs of lawsuits stemming from disastrous 2017 wildfires under legislation that will go before the Assembly and Senate this week.
After weeks ...
DENVER (AP) — Colorado regulators approved Xcel Energy’s ambitious plan to nearly double the share of electricity it generates from renewable sources despite some doubts about the company’s claims for how much money consumers will save.
The Public Utilities Commission voted 2-1 in favor of ...
DENVER (AP) — The Latest on Xcel Energy’s renewable energy plan for Colorado (all times local):
Xcel Energy says it stands by its projections that its plan for increasing its share of renewable energy in Colorado will save consumers about $213 million by 2054, despite ...
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The largest natural gas utility in Arkansas is proposing reducing its rates by more than $19 million following last year’s federal tax overhaul.
CenterPoint Energy filed its request with the Arkansas Public Service Commission in response to an order from the ...
PUEBLO, Colo. (AP) — Colorado regulators have approved Xcel Energy’s plan to shut down two coal-fired generating stations in Pueblo a decade early, part of a plan to bolster the utility’s share of power from renewable sources.
The Pueblo Chieftain
LOGANSPORT, Ind. (AP) — A northern Indiana city’s coal-burning power plant won’t be reopening despite the Trump administration’s plan to relax restrictions on greenhouse gas emissions from such facilities.
Logansport Municipal Utilities shut down its plant in early 2016 after deciding it ...
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California utilities could sell bonds and pass on the cost to their customers to help cover debt incurred when their equipment starts wildfires, under proposed legislation outlined on Friday.
The proposal is part of a wide-ranging plan to help shield utilities ...