WATERFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont is lauding an agreement that will keep the Millstone nuclear power plant complex open for the next decade.
Dominion bows to pressure on energy efficiency spending
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Dominion Energy has bowed to pressure from Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam and others and has agreed to spend $870 million on energy efficiency programs over the next...
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — If you want internet service in the rural hamlet of Honaker, in far Southwest Virginia, Cable Plus is the only game in town. With internet speeds of 3 megabits per second,...
Tennessee bill would change how utility discontinues service
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — One of Tennessee's largest public electric utilities could discontinue a customer's service more easily under a bill headed to the House floor.
New Mexico proposal seeking environmental reviews stalls
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Business and city leaders, energy companies, electric utilities, farmers and others are all voicing concerns about proposed legislation in New Mexico that would require...
Utility shutoffs suspended during bitterly cold weather
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan Agency for Energy is telling utility customers that major natural gas and electric utilities won't shut off services to customers this week because of the bitterly cold weather gripping the state.
It said Wednesday that DTE Energy Co., Consumers Energy Co., and SEMCO Energy Gas Co., have temporarily suspended shutoffs.
Trump EPA orders rollback of Obama mercury regulations
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration has targeted an Obama-era regulation credited with helping dramatically reduce toxic mercury pollution from coal-fired power plants, saying the benefits to human health and the environment may not be worth the cost of the regulation.
The 2011 Obama administration rule, called the Mercury and Air Toxics Standards, led to what electric utilities say was an $18 billion clean-up of mercury and other toxins from the smokestacks of coal-fired power plants.
Election chief runoff, court-ordered redo on Georgia ballots
SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — Nearly a month after the midterms, Georgia voters are needed back at the polls to hire a new state elections chief. A hotly contested race for the state panel that regulates electric utilities needs settling. And a primary election for a state lawmaker's seat held six months ago must be done over again after mapping mistakes tainted the original vote.
Still almost 30k without power in Maine after windstorms
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 morning Central Maine Power was reporting about 14,200 customers were without power while Emera Maine was reporting 14,700 in the dark.
Saturday's high winds came with the heavy rains that soaked much of Maine.
Panel rejects smart meter proposal from electric providers
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 show that the costs were worth it. The utilities had proposed installing about 1.3 million smart meters over a three-year period at a cost of nearly $350 million.
Indiana city won’t restart coal plant despite relaxed rules
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 couldn't afford updates needed to meet rules established under former President Barack Obama.
Utilities pivot from power plants to grid work for profits
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Electric utilities are pouring billions of dollars into a race to prevent terrorists or enemy governments from shutting down the power grid and everything that depends on electricity in America's hyper-connected society.
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security detailed last month how Russian hackers have targeted the nation's energy grid. Officials said they could have caused major blackouts, but instead, the hackers appeared more focused on reconnaissance.
Utilities ask customers to save power during high heat
JOHNSON, Vt. (AP) — Several Vermont electric utilities are urging customers to conserve energy as temperatures rise across New England.
The Vermont Electric Cooperative asked that people conserve energy both Monday and Tuesday between the hours of 4 p.m. and 9 p.m. The Burlington Electric Department also encouraged customers to cut back their energy use on Monday afternoon and evening.
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California panel to probe growing wildfire costs
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown is urging lawmakers to back a proposal that would soften the standard that makes electric utilities financially liable when their equipment causes wildfires.
A legislative committee meeting Wednesday to discuss the growing threat of wildfires did not take any formal action on Brown's proposal, but some lawmakers indicated the need to review the impact of frequent blazes on utilities.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday backed softening the standard that makes electric utilities financially liable when their equipment causes wildfires as the state faces more severe blazes in the midst of climate change.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana environmentalists are criticizing the easing of toxic coal ash regulations by President Donald Trump's administration.
Environmental leaders say the new rule changes for coal-fired power plants put Indiana residents particularly at risk because the state has the most coal ash ponds in the country, the Indianapolis Star reported .
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JOHNSON, Vt. (AP) — Some Vermont electric utilities are asking customers to save power during the high temperatures that are forecast for the state.
The Vermont Electric Cooperative and Burlington Electric say demand for power is expected to spike during the high temperatures forecast this week.
Temperatures both Monday and Tuesday are forecast to be in the mid-90s.
Energy company wades in to the water business
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Eversource is currently trying to buy its second water company in the past year.
The region's biggest electric utility hopes to provide water service to hundreds of thousands of customers across four New England states.
It would still be a small swath of the overall water system — but that could change.
But why do electric companies want to get in to the water business?
The answer lies in some recent electric industry history.
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The San Diego Union-Tribune on California solar panel mandate maybe being a big mistake:
TOKYO (AP) — Japan's government proposed an energy plan Wednesday that sets ambitious targets for nuclear energy use in the coming decade despite challenges after the 2011 Fukushima disaster.
Ohio regulators say utilities can’t keep federal tax cut
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — State utility regulators in Ohio have rejected legal arguments by the state's four big electric utilities seeking to avoid returning proceeds from the federal tax cut to customers through rate reductions.
The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio's unanimous decision Wednesday means American Electric Power, Dayton Power & Light, Duke Energy and FirstEnergy must continue to set aside all money from the tax cut until details about how rates will be lowered.
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina's highest court is deciding whether a clean-energy advocacy group illegally sold solar power to a church as part of its plan to undercut the monopoly of the state's electric utilities.
When people flip a light switch, they expect a light to turn on.
They usually don’t give much thought to the processes or people behind it, until the light doesn’t turn on because of a power outage. Severe weather is the top cause of power outages in the United States. When storms cause the power to go out, we depend upon our electric utilities to restore power as safely and quickly as possible.
HAZLETON — Solar power could be running lights after the sun goes down in the Humboldt Industrial Park in the near future. Greg Kurtz, operations director for CAN DO Inc., said the industrial and economic development organization is seeking a grant to create a solar project for Humboldt that would provide energy for the park’s utilities. “It will provide enough electricity to power our wastewater treatment plant, and all of our signs and lights throughout Humboldt,” Kurtz said. “We would be...
BULLHEAD CITY — Gov. Doug Ducey signed legislation last week protecting electric utilities from proposed requirements that they get more electricity from renewable energy sources.
The law short-circuits a ballot initiative backed by Clean Energy for a Healthy Arizona that would require utilities to get half of their power from solar, wind or other renewables by 2030.
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PHOENIX (AP) — The Latest on an Arizona law responding to a proposed renewable energy ballot initiative (all times local):
Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey has signed a new law allowing electric utilities to sidestep proposed requirements that they get more electricity from renewable energy.
6:11 p.m.: Red Cross shelters are open Sunday at the following locations as power outages persist after Friday's winter storm:
Monroe County: Stroudsburg High School, 1100 W. Main St., Stroudsburg
Pike County: Dingman Twp. V.F.D., 680 Log Tavern Rd., Milford; Central Volunteer Fire Department, 574 Westcolang Rd., Hawley
5:50 p.m.: Wayne Highlands and Delaware Valley school districts are closed Monday due to widespread power outages after Friday’s winter storm.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio's four big electric utilities joined forces this month to challenge a request by state regulators to return proceeds from the federal tax cut to customers by reducing rates.
The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio in January instructed American Electric Power, Dayton Power & Light, Duke Energy and FirstEnergy to treat any tax savings received after Jan. 1, 2018, as potential consumer savings.
Nor-easter Could Leave Some In Region Without Power For Days
Some Northeast Pennsylvania residents may be without power until late Wednesday as utility crews work around the clock to repair damage left by Friday’s heavy snow and high winds.
Roadways throughout the region remained closed and speed limits restricted Saturday following the storm, which PPL Electric Utilities spokeswoman Alana Roberts said will likely end up being one of the worst in company history in terms of outages.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration said Thursday it is rewriting Obama-era rules governing pollution from oil and gas operations and coal ash dumps, moves that opponents say will significantly weaken protections for human health and the environment.
In a state ravaged by poverty, keeping a lid on the cost of power is critical to struggling households and our ability to attract business and create jobs. Yet, New Mexico’s electric utilities continue a barrage of rate increase demands to pay for new investments — often in dying technologies. This in a state showing little or no growth.
Indiana utility to close 3 coal plants, add solar, gas
EVANSVILLE, Ind. (AP) — One of Indiana's largest electric utilities plans to shut down three coal-fired power plants in the next five years as it adds a new natural gas plant and solar farm to its energy-generation mix.
Vectren's estimated $900 million natural gas plant in Posey County will have 800 to 900 megawatts, The Evansville Courier & Press reported.
Consumers’ Counsel wants FERC to cut utility transmission rates to reflect corporate tax cut
Consumers' Counsel wants FERC to cut utility transmission rates to reflect corporate tax cut
CLEVELAND, Ohio -- The Ohio Consumers' Counsel on Tuesday urged in a that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission expedite an investigation into fees gas and electric utilities charge to pay corporate taxes because those taxes have been cut from 35 percent to 21 percent.
At stake for consumers, the OCC noted, are immediately lower heating and power bills instead of iffy refunds at an unknown future date.
Lower Ohio electric rates based on federal tax cut won’t be easy or quick
Lower Ohio electric rates based on federal tax cut won't be easy or quick
CLEVELAND -- Don't plan on lower electric bills anytime soon reflecting the fat tax cut Ohio's electric utilities are already enjoying.
FirstEnergy, American Electric Power, Duke Energy and Dayton Power & Light have made it clear to the PUCO that passing on their windfall tax break from 35 percent to 21 percent will take a long time to figure out.
Power outage affects 19,000 in North Carolina city
HIGH POINT, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina city says approximately 19,000 customers are without electricity following a power outage.
A map of the outage on the city of High Point Electric Utilities Department website shows customers without power from the N.C. 68 corridor north on Monday afternoon. The utility says it has 41,000 customers.
Bill to overhaul electric utilities in Virginia advances
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Legislation that state regulators say could leave Virginians paying double for large-scale upgrades to the electric grid is advancing in the General Assembly.
A state House panel on Tuesday approved a bill sponsored by Del. Terry Kilgore to overhaul how electric rates are set for Dominion Energy and Appalachian Power customers.
The bill was amended from an earlier version to placate some concerns that the bill was too friendly to electric monopolies.
The Latest: Troopers, road and utility crews busy with storm
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The Latest on the winter storm in North Carolina (all times local):
North Carolina troopers, transportation workers and electric utilities have been busy responding to a winter storm that dropped more snow than anticipated in some parts of the state.
Tucson Electric plans wind energy project to power 31k homes
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — A southern Arizona utility company is planning a wind energy project that could power up to 31,000 homes annually.
Tucson Electric Power says a request for design and construction proposals will go out this week. The projects have to be capable of producing at least 100 megawatts of wind energy and be operational in 2021.
Effort to reinstate electric bill refunds fails
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A Virginia Senate panel has rejected a bill that would allow state regulators to order refunds to customers of the state's two largest electric utilities.
The Senate Commerce and Labor Committee voted Monday to kill a bill by Democratic Sen. Chap Petersen that would essentially repeal a 2015 law that temporarily barred state regulators from adjusting certain rates of electric monopolies, even if they made excessive profits.
Regulators want utility customers to benefit from tax cut
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — State regulators say they want to make sure Virginia's utility customers benefit from a corporate tax cut signed into law last month.
Electric utility seeks to install 1 million new meters
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The state's two largest electric utilities are planning to install 1.3 million upgraded meters in homes across the state.
A release from Louisville Gas and Electric Company and Kentucky Utilities says the two utilities would invest about $350 million in the three-year project. The new smart meters would improve service and give customers real-time data on their energy usage.
LG&E and KU will ask the Kentucky Public Service Commission for approval to install the meters.
For much of the final year of his life, Robert "Bob” Sussler pored over news articles that revealed more and more details of the controversial trips to the Kentucky Derby hosted and funded by the Connecticut Municipal Electric Energy Cooperative for dozens of cooperative officials, municipal leaders and business associates from throughout the state.
Local PPL Crews Going To Puerto Rico To Help Restore Power After Hurricane
PPL Electric Utilities began moving its trucks and equipment Tuesday as the first step in sending repair crews to Puerto Rico to help restore power knocked out by Hurricane Maria. Line trucks and other repair vehicles are being loaded on trucks for transport to Norfolk, Virginia, where they will be placed on a barge later this week. The sea voyage to the island will take about a week. Thirty-seven linemen and support workers have volunteered to be deployed in the first wave of what could be a...
Electric utilities ask higher rates on Mississippi customers
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi's two privately owned electric utilities are asking regulators to make customers pay more next year.
Entergy Mississippi's request would boost rates for a yardstick residential customer from $104 a month to $114 a month, beginning in February, to pay for fuel costs.
LIHUE — The Kauai Island Utility Cooperative will receive a loan of more than $60 million from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to build and upgrade more than 70 miles of powerlines and support smart grid and other projects.
KINGSTON — Kingston police are warning residents of a telephone scam from people claiming to be from UGI Electric Utilities. Residents and business owners reported getting calls from someone claiming to be from UGI, threatening to shut off the customer’s electric service in 45 minutes due to a past due bill. The caller tries to solicit payment via Visa and Apple iTunes gift cards. UGI does not request payment this way, police said. Police noted the call back number provided does go to an answering machine of someone claiming to be from UGI, police said. — BOB KALINOWSKI