Chicago company plans 1,800-acre Indiana solar farm
FAIRBANKS, Ind. (AP) — A renewable energy company is aiming to start construction later this year on a solar farm over about 1,800 acres in rural western Indiana.
Kentucky utilities sending crews to Florida ahead of storms
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Three Kentucky electric utilities are sending crews to Florida ahead of Hurricane Dorian.
The crews will help with expected power outages wherever the storm makes...
Politics of climate change put corporations in tough spot
The polarizing politics of climate change have forced companies to choose between supporting the Trump administration's deregulation policies that could boost profits or opposing them to win over...
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky regulators are seeking input on implementing a new law changing the way utility customers receive credit for electricity generated from solar panels and other...
Major California utilities agree to pay into wildfire fund
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California's three investor-owned electric utilities have agreed to chip in a combined $10.5 billion to a new fund to cover the costs of future catastrophic wildfires...
California utility customers sue over wildfire law
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Two Pacific Gas & Electric customers want the federal judge overseeing the company's bankruptcy to strike down a new California law that Gov. Gavin Newsom has championed...
California governor signs wildfire bill to pay victims
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a law on Friday that shores up the state's biggest electric utilities in the face of catastrophic wildfires and claims for damage from...
California backs effort to boost utilities during wildfires
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California lawmakers approved a multibillion-dollar plan Thursday to shore up the state's biggest electric utilities in the face of catastrophic wildfires and claims for...
The Latest: Wildfire bill gets OK from California committee
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on California wildfire legislation (all times local):
A California Assembly committee has backed sweeping legislation meant to shore up...
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on legislative action on a key wildfire proposal (all times local):
The California Senate has approved a proposal to stabilize the...
California lawmakers take up key wildfire proposals
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A California proposal aimed at stabilizing the state's electric utilities and putting a renewed focus on safety in the face of devastating wildfires caused by utility...
US won’t impose rule to protect against coal ash spill costs
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The Trump administration said Tuesday that it won't require electric utilities to show they have money to clean up hazardous spills from power plants despite a history of...
Proposed wildfire board could operate partly in secret
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A closely watched wildfire law proposed by California Gov. Gavin Newsom would exempt a new safety board from some of the state's government transparency laws.
Regulators approve summertime Arizona power shut-off ban
PHOENIX (AP) — State regulators on Thursday enacted emergency rules barring most Arizona electric utilities from disconnecting power to customers who are late on their bills from June 1 through...
PHOENIX (AP) — The Latest on Arizona utility regulators move to block summertime power cutoffs (all times local):
State regulators have enacted emergency rules barring most...
Proposal would ban Arizona power shutoffs during summer
PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona regulators could soon vote on emergency rules barring electric utilities from disconnecting power to customers who are late on their bills from June 1 through Sept. 30, when...
MACKINAC ISLAND, Mich. (AP) — Michigan's two largest electric utilities have agreed to spend a combined $15 billion on goods and services from Michigan-based companies over the next five...
California water utilities seek relief from fire lawsuits
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Facing more wildfires and the lawsuits that come with them, a group of public and private California water systems want lawmakers to shield them from having to pay...
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Democratic Maine Gov. Janet Mills has signed into law bills requiring electric utilities to provide more information to their customers.
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Former Virginia Republican Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli is headlining a new coalition advocating to "uberize" the state's electric utilities by promoting...
EVANSVILLE, Ind. (AP) — Indiana regulators have rejected a proposal by one of the state's largest electric utilities to build a natural gas-fueled power plant to replace aging coal-fired power...
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...
Virginia electric utilities wiring rural areas for broadband
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...
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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.
With hacking of US utilities, Russia could move from cyberespionage toward cyberwar
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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.
Brown backs liability changes for California 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 .
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.
California Editorial Rdp
The San Diego Union-Tribune on California solar panel mandate maybe being a big mistake:
Japan draft plan sets ambitious targets for nuclear energy
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.
Court tests if NC ban on selling solar power means 1 church
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.
Solar Power Could Be Headed To Hazleton Industrial Park
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...
Ducey signs bill protecting utilities
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.
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.
Shelters Open As Power Outages Persist After Winter Storm
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.