Washington Supreme Court hears case on carbon cap rule
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — The Washington Supreme Court heard arguments Tuesday on whether the state Department of Ecology has the authority to cap carbon pollution from major industrial emitters,...
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,...
HOUSTON (AP) — Two proposed bills could give Texas landowners more options should electric transmission towers be put up on or near their property.
Deal reached to keep Millstone open for another 10 years
WATERFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut officials say Dominion Energy and the state's two major electric utility companies have reached an agreement to keep the Millstone nuclear power plant complex...
JOPLIN, Mo. (AP) — After years of helping the Stockton Lake area repopulate its osprey numbers by making nest boxes available for the large birds, Liberty Utilities-Empire District has turned its...
Water districts ordered to submit information on losses
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky regulators have ordered 12 water utilities to submit information on how water loss is recorded.
The Lexington Herald-Leader reports the move comes as the...
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Gov. Tim Walz's plan for Minnesota to get 100 percent of its electricity from carbon-free sources by 2050 was criticized Tuesday at its first legislative hearing, with...
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Gov. Andrew Cuomo has directed state regulators to investigate damage to power substations outside Buffalo after nearly 27,000 utility customers lost electricity service over...
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The public can weigh in on the environmental impacts of a proposed $1 billion hydropower transmission line to supply Canadian hydropower to consumers in...
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico is known for its wide-open spaces, wind-swept plains and nearly endless supply of sunshine, and yet the promise of an economy built on renewable energy has been...
PHOENIX (AP) — An appellate court's ruling Thursday says the Arizona Corporation Commission has authority to appoint an interim manager for a water and wastewater utility's operations in Maricopa...
PHOENIX (AP) — The Arizona Department of Environmental Quality says recycled water that overflowed from a reclamation plant outside Phoenix is no longer being discharged into the Queen Creek...
Utility denies groups’ water pollution allegations
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A utility is denying allegations by two environmental groups that it violated the Clean Water Act in operating a coal-fired power plant in New Hampshire.
Bill to phase out coal plant advances in New Mexico
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A bill that aims to boost renewable energy production and phase out a major coal-fired power plant in New Mexico is headed toward a Senate vote.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Gov. Tim Walz set an ambitious goal Monday for Minnesota to get 100 percent of its electricity from carbon-free sources by 2050, though his plan was short on specifics of...
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Two environmental groups have sued two utilities over a coal-fired power plant in New Hampshire, saying they are violating the Clean Water Act.
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Wisconsin Public Service Commission is preparing to decide the fate of two proposed solar farms that, if built, would more than quadruple the state's solar capacity and...
- Wisconsin State JournalMadison utilities seek to expand customer access to solar energyMarch 21, 2019
- The Spokesman-ReviewWashington Supreme Court weighs greenhouse gas rulesMarch 20, 2019
- Wisconsin State JournalGet the facts on Cardinal-Hickory Creek power line proposal -- Aaron Curtis, Chuck Thompson, Jacob ValentineMarch 17, 2019
- Wisconsin State JournalSenate committee grills PSC chair on costs of Tony Evers' carbon-free electricity goalMarch 13, 2019
Inslee clean energy bill passes Washington Senate
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — The state Senate on Friday passed a key piece of Gov. Jay Inslee's legislative climate agenda, the same day he announced he's running for president by making fighting global...
PG&E: Company equipment ‘probable’ cause of California fire
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Pacific Gas & Electric Corp. inched closer to taking responsibility for the deadliest U.S. wildfire in a century, saying Thursday it is "probable" that one of its transmission...
Feds blame home blast on faulty natural gas line connection
MILLERSVILLE, Pa. (AP) — Federal investigators say a poorly installed natural gas connection is likely to blame for a gas explosion that killed a utility worker and destroyed two Pennsylvania...
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.
Judge finalizes plan for chemical firm’s penalty, clean-up
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina's environmental agency says a finalized settlement agreement allows it to make sure a Fortune 500 chemical company follows through on promises to clean up...
Pennsylvania should try to save nuclear plants, senator says
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A senior Republican state lawmaker says Pennsylvania should try to save its nuclear power plants in case it needs a more diverse energy supply in the future.
Regulators gathering comments on CMP deal
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine utility regulators are gathering comments on a proposed $1 billion hydropower transmission line to supply Canadian hydropower to consumers in Massachusetts.
Lawmakers hear from opponents, supporters of wind farm
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Opponents of legislation that would place restrictions on wind farm developments say such a law would hurt an industry that has invested billions of dollars in Kansas and...
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...
- Business WireEnergy & Utilities Industry Almanac, 2019: Market Research, Statistics, Trends and Leading Companies - ResearchAndMarkets.comMarch 20, 2019
- Business Wireinnogy Consulting Appoints Former Rhode Island Public Utilities Administrator, Macky McCleary as Partner for U.S. OperationsMarch 19, 2019
- Business WireCustomer Satisfaction Declines Across Entire Energy Utilities Sector, According to ACSI DataMarch 19, 2019
Utilities head takes leave during water contamination probe
SANDY, Utah (AP) — The head of public utilities in a Salt Lake City suburb is going on paid administrative leave while investigators examine the city's response to contamination that affected...
City Council authorizes water fluoridation survey
SHERIDAN, Wyo. (AP) — A city council in northern Wyoming has voted to authorize a survey regarding the continued fluoridation of the city's water supply.
Firm to pay penalty, speed up plan to cut chemicals
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A Fortune 500 chemical company promises to speed up plans to cut industrial chemicals reaching downstream public water utilities in North Carolina on top of paying $13 million...
MDU plans to retire Mandan coal-fired units in 2021
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Montana-Dakota Utilities plans to retire the coal-fired electric generation units at Heskett Station near Mandan in 2021.
Hawaii utility wants customers to pay for unused solar power
WAILUKU, Hawaii (AP) — Maui Electric Company has asked the state Public Utilities Commission to allow the utility to pass a $155,000 cost for 1.4 gigawatt hours of solar power that was produced but not used.
Missouri utility program to build more electric car chargers
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri utility is planning to spend more than $4 million over five years to encourage the construction of more charging stations for electric cars statewide.
Ketchikan power customers urged to cut back on electricity
KETCHIKAN, Alaska (AP) — Ketchikan's power utility is asking customers to throttle back their electrical usage.
Freezing temperatures and low water levels in lakes, the source of hydropower for Ketchikan Public Utilities' electric division, has maxed out power production, the Ketchikan Daily News reported .
Residents skeptical as company takes over solar project
GRAND RAPIDS, Minn. (AP) — The backers of a northern Minnesota community solar-plus-storage project are wary about the sudden involvement of their municipal utility's power wholesaler.
The Itasca Clean Energy Team, a citizens group in Grand Rapids, Minnesota, has been working with the city's municipal utility for more than two years on a plan to build a 1-megawatt community solar array complimented by a 2-megawatt-hour battery.
Solar bill clears Kentucky Senate, awaits House input
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Legislation backed by power companies picked up momentum over objections from solar power interests on Wednesday, as the Kentucky Senate passed the bill that would change how utilities provide credits to customers with rooftop solar panels.
The Senate voted 23-12 to approve the measure, a few hours after it cleared a committee.
Gov. Mills shows new support for transmission line project
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine Gov. Janet Mills is showing new support for a proposed 145-mile power transmission line.
Maine Public reports Mills questioned the project during her campaign for election, saying the proposal needed to offer concrete and long-term benefits to Maine residents.
Alaska utility halts study of buying power from company
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — An electric utility in eastern Alaska has stopped a study on the costs of buying power from a Colorado company's wind turbines and propane generators.
Arizona regulators extend ban on new gas power plants
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — State regulators have extended a moratorium on new natural-gas power plants until August.
National Grid agrees to contract with proposed wind farm
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Utility National Grid has agreed to a 20-year contract for power from a proposed 400-megawatt wind farm project in Rhode Island Sound.
Under the agreement announced Thursday, National Grid would pay Danish-based Orsted U.S. Offshore Wind 9.8 cents per kilowatt hour for power from its Revolution Wind Farm.
The Block Island project was originally developed by Deepwater Wind, which was acquired by Orsted last year.
New Mexico lawmakers seek compromise on coal, clean power
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Democratic lawmakers sought to speed up the transition to cleaner sources of electricity across New Mexico and phase out a major coal-fired power plant under legislation introduced Thursday.
The initiative, backed by Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham and a coalition of environmental organizations, would help ensure the retirement of the San Juan Generating Station in northwest New Mexico by allowing owners such as Public Service Co. to recover some investments.
Michigan regulators open probe of fire that cut gas supply
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan regulators opened an investigation Thursday into a compressor station fire that sparked concerns about keeping natural gas flowing to millions of people during a snap of bitterly cold temperatures.
Pacific Gas & Electric vows to improve wildfire prevention
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Up to 5 million California customers could temporarily lose power this year in the name of wildfire prevention if regulators approve Pacific Gas & Electric's $2.3 billion...
The Latest: Activists object to PG&E reliance on blackouts
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Latest on PG&E's proposed wildfire prevention plan (all times local):
A consumer advocacy group says it's disappointed with Pacific Gas & Electric's proposed wildfire prevention plan.
Report is beginning, not end, of possible Santee Cooper sale
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A consultant's report that South Carolina's state-owned utility has at least three potential buyers who could wipe out its $8 billion debt and slow rate increases brought optimism that the problems with a pair of failed nuclear plants could end better than expected.
But consumer advocates and lawmakers warn there is still a long way to go to make sure any sale of Santee Cooper is the best course of action.
Man who lied about lead levels in subdivision sentenced
ST. LOUIS (AP) — A former state official was sentenced to three years of probation and fined $7,500 for lying about how long drinking water in a southeast Missouri subdivision had high levels of lead.
McKee: New bill would improve utilities’ emergency response
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Lt. Gov. Daniel McKee is pushing for legislation he says will improve the emergency response of utility companies, following a weeklong natural gas outage that affected the Newport area.
National Grid says a dramatic pressure drop forced it to suspend service to thousands of customers in Newport and Middletown in late January.
Gas company fined $3.3M over California pipeline blast
ONTARIO, Calif. (AP) — Southern California Gas Co. has been fined $3.3 million over a 2017 pipeline explosion that injured one person.
The state Public Utilities Commission on Friday cited the utility for failing to properly investigate the blast, which involved a leaking pipeline in Ontario, east of Los Angeles.