LOS ANGELES (AP) — Santa Ana winds declined in strength across Southern California on Friday and utilities restored power to thousands of customers whose electricity was shut off to prevent wildfires.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — FirstEnergy Corp. has applied to build five solar energy projects throughout its West Virginia service territory.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Thousands of people in Southern California were without power on Thanksgiving Day after utilities cut electricity to prevent their equipment from igniting wildfires amid warm and dry weather and Santa Ana winds sweeping through the region.
DENVER (AP) — Xcel Energy has proposed a tentative agreement to close Colorado's largest coal-fired power plant by 2035, well ahead of its original retirement date of 2070, as regulators consider how the largest utility operating in the state can reduce its carbon emissions.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — San Francisco officials have declared a water shortage emergency and are asking customers in four counties to voluntarily reduce their water use by 10% due to California’s lengthening drought.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom has named his senior adviser on energy policy as the next president of the powerful state body that regulates utilities.
Alice Reynolds is set to lead the five-member California Public Utilities Commission beginning Dec.
CLEVELAND (AP) — FirstEnergy Corp. did not misuse customer money to pay for naming rights at the stadium where the Cleveland Browns play, a state-commissioned audit released Friday has found.
The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio ordered the review at the request of Democratic state lawmakers seeking to strip the Akron-based utility giant's name from the stadium because of its involvement in secretly funding a $60 million bribery scheme tied to passing a $1 billion nuclear bailout bill.
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Lexington officials concerned about the clear-cutting of trees under power lines want Kentucky Utilities to pause the practice while the city works to get questions answered, but the utility said this week that a pause is unnecessary, the Lexington Herald-Leader reported.
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Thursday proposed $300 million in water spending to help local utilities address elevated lead levels, plan for pipe replacement and connect users of contaminated wells to municipal supplies.
Utility regulators on Wednesday approved a “standard offer” rate for electricity that'll mean a $30-per-month increase for a typical residential customer of Central Maine Power.
The Maine Public Utilities Commission approved an 83% rate increase effective Jan.
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana residents should expect to shell out more money to heat their homes this winter due to an increase in energy costs, the Montana Public Service Commission said Wednesday, but there's also additional aid this year for low-income residents.
HALLOWELL, Maine (AP) — Typical Versant Power residential customers opting for the “standard offer” rate will be paying an extra $30 per month on their electricity bills starting Jan. 1, regulators said Tuesday.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico utility officials on Tuesday touted millions of dollars in economic development benefits and customer savings if state regulators approve a multibillion-dollar merger with a subsidiary of global energy giant Iberdrola.
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Mainers are likely to see the rate they pay for home electricity increase, in some cases by a considerable amount.
The Maine Public Utilities Commission recently provided possibilities about upcoming power rates to the Maine Legislature, agency spokesperson Susan Faloon said.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — California regulators voted Thursday to increase the capacity of a Los Angeles-area natural gas storage field where a 2015 blowout caused the nation’s largest-ever methane leak and forced thousands from their homes.
ATLANTA (AP) — The cost of two nuclear reactors being built in Georgia is now $28.5 billion, more than twice the original price tag, and the other owners of Plant Vogtle argue Georgia Power Co. has triggered an agreement requiring Georgia Power to shoulder a larger share of the financial burden.
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — A coalition of environmental and faith-based groups in New Jersey began an effort to drum up support for offshore wind projects on Thursday, particularly in coastal towns where there's been vocal opposition to the projects.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Democratic gubernatorial candidate John Cranley said Thursday he will fire Ohio's entire utility regulatory board if elected, part of changes he proposes to curb future abuses amid a sweeping, unresolved bribery scandal.
SONOMA, Calif. (AP) — Pacific Gas & Electric has reached a $125 million settlement agreement with California regulators over the destructive Kincade fire, which was ignited in 2019 by the utility's equipment in a remote area of Sonoma County.
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Mainers voiced their disapproval Tuesday for a 145-mile (233-kilometer) conduit for Canadian hydropower that was billed as either a bold step in battling climate change or unnecessary destruction of woodlands.
PALO, Iowa (AP) — Alliant Energy has announced plans to buy and expand an existing solar farm project at Palo to make it Iowa’s largest solar and battery storage facility.
Alliant, based in Madison, Wisconsin, said in a news release that it wants to buy the project located at the decommissioned nuclear Duane Arnold Energy Center at Palo from NextEra Energy and filed the proposal Tuesday with the Iowa Utilities Board.
CLEVELAND (AP) — Akron-based FirstEnergy Corp., one of the largest public utility holding companies in the U.S, announced Monday it had reached a settlement with the Ohio Consumers' Counsel and other groups to refund its Ohio customers and lower their rates by a total of $306 million for having collected significantly excessive profits.
NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — Several former utility officials are set to go on trial for conspiracy and theft stemming from trips they took to the Kentucky Derby and a luxury golf resort.
The trips were arranged by the Connecticut Municipal Electric Energy Cooperative for dozens of top staff, board members, family members and others from 2013 to 2016.
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Mainers have weighed in on a number of high-profile ballot questions — casinos, universal health care, marijuana legalization, assisted suicide, abortion and same-sex marriage, to name a few.
BOSTON (AP) — Hundreds of thousands of customers remain without electricity in Massachusetts on Friday and officials say it could take until late Saturday to restore power to most.
More than 150,000 customers in the state are facing their third day without power, according to online tallies from utility companies Eversource and National Grid.
Arizona utility regulators considering a rate case for Arizona Public Service Co. have voted to abolish a fee paid by customers with rooftop solar panels and to not make customers pay for some of APS' spending on a New Mexico power plant.
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Private companies are showing interest in becoming part of New Jersey's burgeoning clean energy industry, with wind and solar-powered projects becoming more attractive to their firms.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Xcel Energy wants to increase its electricity rate by about 20% over the next three years, adding an average $15 to $21 per month cumulatively to residential customers' bills.
Minneapolis-based Xcel filed its request with the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission, which must approve any increase.
ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia Power Co. is pushing back the startup date for its two new nuclear reactors near Augusta, saying it's still redoing sloppy construction work and that contractors still aren't meeting deadlines.
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Missouri's largest utility has set up a data center at the site of one of its coal-fired power plants that it is using to mine the Internet for bitcoins.
Ameren Corp. officials say the data center could also help stabilize demand for electricity that could help it avoid ramping production down and back up again, which is inefficient.
KEENE, N.H. (AP) — Liberty Utilities was working to restore natural gas service to more than 1,000 customers in Keene after a problem with the local production plant caused a drop in pressure.
Liberty said in a news release that gas was shut off on Wednesday “to ensure the safety of our customers ...
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Newly surfaced texts between FirstEnergy Corp. executives detail a series of favors delivered to the company by Ohio's top utility regulator, a man under scrutiny in an ongoing federal corruption probe.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The University of Kentucky will purchase 44% of the output of a new 125-megawatt solar power facility, through an agreement with its electricity provider, Kentucky Utilities Company, the university said.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio Supreme Court has ruled that the state's utility regulators should not have approved an Akron-based FirstEnergy affiliate to help consumers shop for electricity.
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper of North Carolina signed a milestone energy bill into law Wednesday that aims to sharply reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the state's power plants by 2030, celebrating the legislative accomplishment with Republican lawmakers.
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Two of Florida's largest cities have ended water emergencies now that COVID-19 hospitalizations have declined drastically in the state.
PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona utility regulators are moving to reduce the potential profits of the state's largest electricity provider as part of a pending rate-setting case that also includes consideration of two major coal-related issues.
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — An energy bill negotiated by legislators and Gov. Roy Cooper that aims in part to meet the governor's greenhouse gas emission reduction goals for North Carolina received decisive Senate approval on Wednesday.
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A bipartisan energy bill backed by Gov. Roy Cooper that targets scaling back greenhouse gas emissions and gives Duke Energy the option to seek rate increases advanced in the North Carolina legislature on Tuesday.
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Legislative leaders and Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper announced Friday agreement on an energy bill that aims to meet Cooper's goals on greenhouse gas reductions and gives dominant utility Duke Energy the ability to seek multiyear rate increases.
CLEVELAND (AP) — Ohio's utility commission said Wednesday it has asked an independent auditor to examine whether FirstEnergy Corp. used customer money to pay for naming rights at the stadium where the Cleveland Browns play.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California's top utility regulator announced Tuesday she'll step down at the end of the year, leaving Gov. Gavin Newsom searching for new leadership as the state continues to grapple with devastating wildfires and the threat of power blackouts.
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A former Kansas utility worker accused of remotely tampering with a public water system's cleaning procedures has notified a federal court that he plans to change his plea.
Wyatt Travnichek was indicted in March with remotely accessing the Post Rock Rural Water District’s systems in March 2019, about two months after he quit his job with the Ellsworth County utility.
CLEVELAND (AP) — Some lawmakers in the Ohio Legislature want to end a subsidy for two unprofitable Cold War-era coal plants that have cost state electric customers more than $340 million thus far and leave them on the hook for hundreds of millions more, thanks to a tainted energy bill that led to the biggest corruption scandal in state history.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Utilities would set a goal of reducing energy waste by 0.5% a year, a far more modest goal than a previous 2% requirement, under legislation aimed at restarting energy efficiency programs, a co-sponsor of the bill testified Wednesday.
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — 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.
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The Maine Public Utilities Commission is soliciting requests for proposals for so-called “standard offer” providers for residential electric customers.
The commission is seeking proposals for a one-year term beginning Jan.
SAN DIEGO (AP) — San Diego Gas & Electric will refund $51.6 million to ratepayers and pay a $5.5 million fine over a botched program to encourage people to buy energy-efficient lightbulbs.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Regulators told a Minnesota-based utility Thursday that they need more information before signing off on a permit transfer necessary for a financially troubled coal-fired power plant in North Dakota to be sold to a Bismarck-based marketer of wholesale electricity.
Power out, high voltage lines on the ground, weeks until electricity is restored in some places: The dismal state of power in Hurricane Ida's wake is a distressingly familiar scenario for Entergy Corp., Louisiana's largest electrical utility.