Controversial $580M power line put into service in Wisconsin
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A controversial high-voltage power line across western Wisconsin has been put into service after almost three years of construction.
Faulty gate at Bremerton plant causes sewage, runoff spill
BREMERTON, Wash. (AP) — Officials say a malfunctioning gate at a wastewater treatment plant on Bremerton’s east side led to a spill of sewage and runoff into Port Washington Narrows and Dyes Inlet.
The Kitsap Sun
Communities sue over Michigan’s tough lead rules for water
DETROIT (AP) — Local governments and utilities sued the state of Michigan Tuesday over its implementation of the nation’s toughest drinking water rules for lead, saying they support strong action against public exposure to the toxin but find the new rules arbitrary and too costly for the ...
BOSTON (AP) — Natural gas companies in Massachusetts are compromising safety by increasingly turning to outside contractors for pipeline work while cutting back on staff that would oversee these projects, state lawmakers said Tuesday at a hearing following September’s natural gas explosions in ...
Utilities to cover power lines, expand weather monitoring
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California utilities plan to insulate power lines, increase inspections and build new weather stations in areas at high risk for wildfires in an effort to combat increasingly destructive blazes.
Southern California Edison told legislative employees Monday it wants ...
Washington state denies Avista’s sale to Canadian utility
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Washington state utility regulators on Wednesday denied the proposed $5.3 billion sale of Spokane-based Avista Corp. to a Canadian utility.
The Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission said the proposed merger with Toronto-based Hydro One Ltd. doesn’t ...
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — State regulators have tentatively agreed that a Connecticut nuclear power plant is “at risk of retirement,” a distinction that could help the facility compete for long-term contracts with zero-carbon electricity generators.
Virginia-based Dominion Energy praised ...
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Portland General Electric has pledged to build 36 electric vehicle charging stations next year.
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska natural resource districts, water utilities and state officials are preparing to present a collaborative report identifying additional water sources for Lincoln and Omaha and ways to replenish the Lower Platte River during drought.
The Lower Platte River Basin ...
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine utility regulators say they may force Central Maine Power to absorb costs for unbilled electricity.
The Portland Press Herald
Questions raised over secrecy around Seattle quake study
SEATTLE (AP) — Questions are being raised about the secrecy surrounding a report on how a catastrophic earthquake would affect Seattle’s water system.
Seattle Public Utilities commissioned the 722-page study, which cost $900,000. Just a 13-page summary has been released.
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 ...
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The Latest on the earthquake in Alaska (all times local):
A city official says thousands of residents remain without electricity after a powerful earthquake shook parts of Alaska.
Anchorage Municipal Manager Bill Falsey said Friday that ...
California regulators question utility’s safety commitment
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — California regulators on Thursday ordered the Pacific Gas & Electric Co. utility to improve its “safety culture” after questioning the safety qualifications of top executives.
The California Public Utilities Commission gave the San Francisco-based company until ...
New trial for ex-Louisiana councilwoman in utilities theft
A state appeal court has ordered a new trial for a former Louisiana town councilwoman who was convicted of stealing $39,000 from municipal water bills before her election.
Chris Bowman, the attorney for Patricia Hampton, welcomed the decision involving jury selection at the woman’s trial, ...
- Wisconsin State JournalBadger Coulee power line completed; $580 million project took 3 yearsDecember 14, 2018
- Sentinel & EnterpriseSen. Barrett Questions Gas Safety Consultant's Ties to the IndustryDecember 13, 2018
- The Spokesman-ReviewAvista deal began to unravel over the summer with Ontario electionsDecember 9, 2018
- Daily CitizenGrant and loan helps clean Waupun’s wastewaterDecember 8, 2018
Hawaii crews help restore power after California wildfire
HONOLULU (AP) — Thirty employees from Hawaii electricity utilities will be in wildfire-devastated Northern California to help restore power.
The employees from Hawaiian Electric, Maui Electric and Hawaii Electric Light will be helping Pacific Gas & Electric Company rebuild fire-damaged ...
HONOLULU (AP) — A subsidiary of Eurus Energy American Corp. is planning to build a wind farm on the eastern slope of the Waianae range on Oahu.
Hawaiian Electric Co. announced Wednesday that it had reached an agreement with EE Ewa LLC to buy electricity from the Palehua Wind project, the ...
Utilities encourage energy savings with smart thermostats
NEW YORK (AP) — As temperatures drop and winter looms, homeowners and property managers are sweeping chimneys, insulating pipes and swapping screens for storm windows.
They’re also going beyond traditional winterizing by installing smart thermostats and home energy monitors aiming to lower ...
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California’s Legislature will be asked to protect utilities from possible bankruptcy by shielding them from billions of dollars in liability linked to this year’s deadly swath of wildfires, it was reported Tuesday.
Assemblyman Chris Holden (D-Pasadena), plans to ...
The North Carolina Utilities Commission has approved the proposed merger of troubled South Carolina utility SCANA with Dominion Energy.
The utilities announced the commission’s approval in a news release Monday. The merger remains contingent upon approval from the Public Service Commission ...
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Many of Vermont’s residential electric customers will have a 3 percent drop next year in a fee that goes to energy efficiency services statewide.
Vermont Public Radio
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 ...
- Globe NewswireOpus One Solutions Closes Series B Funding Led by Renewal FundsDecember 14, 2018
- BusinessWireWashington Gas Named 2018 Customer Champion in Study of Top UtilitiesDecember 14, 2018
- BusinessWirePG&E Proposes Critical Investments to Enhance Wildfire Safety and Help Reduce Wildfire RiskDecember 13, 2018
- BusinessWirePG&E Proposes Critical Investments to Enhance Wildfire Safety and Help Reduce Wildfire RiskDecember 13, 2018
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...