The Latest: Utility files 2nd report on power line failure
PARADISE, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on California’s wildfires (all times local):
Pacific Gas & Electric Company officials have filed a second report with California regulators about a power line failure near the start of a deadly wildfire the morning the fire ...
California utility shares rise as regulator calms investors
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Shares of Pacific Gas & Electric Co. soared Friday after California’s top utility regulator said his agency will help the company deal with potentially crippling liability costs from wildfires.
PG&E’s stock rebounded 37.5 percent Friday after plunging 60 ...
Feds say utility projects need more design review
BOSTON (AP) — In the wake of September’s natural gas explosions and fires, Massachusetts should require a professional engineer to sign off on all public utility projects before any work starts, the National Transportation Safety Board recommended Thursday.
The federal agency, which has ...
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — PG&E’s stock lost more than 20 percent of its value Wednesday after the utility said it does not have nearly enough insurance coverage if it is found liable for a Northern California wildfire that has left at least 48 people dead and destroyed about 7,700 ...
Ukrainians protest as gas dispute leaves scores freezing
MINSK, Belarus (AP) — Angry Ukrainians took to the streets and blocked roads Tuesday as hundreds of thousands remain without heating at a time when temperatures are plunging because of a dispute between the national gas company and regional utility providers.
The crisis, which affects ...
Fires put pressure on California utilities despite new law
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California utilities again are facing severe financial pressures from the possibility that their equipment sparked catastrophic wildfires, including two that are now burning at either end of the state.
The pressure comes even though Gov. Jerry Brown signed ...
Republicans prevail in Public Service Commission races
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Voters elected two Republicans to Montana’s Public Service Commission, continuing the GOP’s lock on a panel that regulates utilities and other industries.
Commission Chairman Brad Johnson prevailed over Democrat Andy Shirtliff to win re-election in a district that ...
Arizona voters reject measure requiring utilities to get 50 pct of their electricity from renewable sources by 2030
PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona voters reject measure requiring utilities to get 50 pct of their electricity from renewable sources by 2030.
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine electric utilities are continuing to restore power to customers across the state, but almost 29,000 customers are still in the dark following a storm that saw wind gusts of between 50 and 60 miles per hour blow trees and limbs onto power lines.
By Sunday ...
Maine regulators to decide by March on key powerline permit
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine utility regulators are delaying until March their decision on whether to grant Central Maine Power a key permit needed to build a 145-mile transmission corridor that would carry electricity from Quebec to southern New England.
In a Friday ruling, the Maine ...
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The private utility that spent billions of dollars on the construction of two nuclear reactors in South Carolina which were abandoned without generating any power said government watchdogs should bear much of the responsibility for the debacle.
A lawyer for South ...
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A Northern California utility said Wednesday it received 146 demands for reimbursement from customers who say Pacific Gas & Electric Company’s controversial decision to cut power to prevent wildfires hurt them economically.
The utility said in a report to ...
2 utility workers killed in helicopter crash in rural NY
BEEKMANTOWN, N.Y. (AP) — Two utility workers were killed and two others were hurt when their maintenance helicopter got caught on power lines and crashed in rural northeastern New York, state police said.
Pieces of the aircraft dangled from power lines late Tuesday afternoon before falling ...
DULUTH, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota regulators have approved a proposal for a natural gas-fired power plant in Superior, Wisconsin, despite objections from customers and clean-energy groups.
The Public Utilities Commission voted 3-2 Monday to approve Minnesota Power’s participation in the joint ...
Ketchikan utility continues running diesel generators
KETCHIKAN, Alaska (AP) — Recent rainfall in Ketchikan has helped fill reservoirs, but it has not been enough for the utility to switch on the area’s largest hydroelectric source, officials said.
Ketchikan Public Utilities has been running diesel generators around the clock since it ...
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AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Officials in Austin, Texas, have lifted a boil-water notice implemented after the city’s water supply was filled with silt, mud and debris after recent heavy rains and flooding.
A statement on the city website said the ...
GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (AP) — Grand Island Wastewater Treatment Plant workers have been spending the month of October removing fish that are unintentionally caught every summer.
Wastewater plant operations engineer Dong Hyun Chon told
Wind turbine project ordered to explain state impact
HOLLAND, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont Public Utilities Commission now says a wind turbine project in northern Vermont must explain its economic impact and whether it fits into the state’s energy plan.
The Caledonian Record
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — President Donald Trump has signed into law a bill from a Virginia congressman that streamlines the permitting process for certain hydropower plants, including a kind Dominion Energy is considering building.
The Roanoke Times
CMP proposes keeping prices stable by using tax savings
BANGOR, Maine (AP) — Central Maine Power is proposing to use federal tax savings to keep some prices stable and make improvements to its electric system.
The Bangor Daily News
HALLOWELL, Maine (AP) — Some Maine residents have shared their concerns with the state about a proposed 145-mile power transmission line.
The Kennebec Journal reports dozens of ...
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont attorney general is warning residents about scammers pretending to be utility companies calling customers to demand payments for electricity.
The scammers demand immediate payment with a credit card, a pre-paid card or money order. After utilities ...
LOS ANGELES (AP) — California remained on guard Tuesday, but gusty winds that raised the threat of wildfires were decreasing in strength and becoming less widespread a day after knocking out power to thousands and forcing utilities to proactively cut electricity to prevent sparks.
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 ...
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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 ...
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 ...