Latest Utilities News

$100 million solar park in South Dakota is moving forward

Dec. 11, 2019 1:47 PM EST

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — A South Dakota agency could vote next month to approve a permit for a historic $100 million solar electricity generation project on a reservation in the southwestern part of the state. The South Dakota Public Utilities Commission reviewed a settlement stipulation Tuesday for Lookout...

Tennessee Valley Authority addresses coal ash leaks

Dec. 11, 2019 12:07 PM EST

CUMBERLAND CITY, Tenn. (AP) — Coal ash is leaking from a dump complex at the largest coal-fired plant owned by the Tennessee Valley Authority and the utility is monitoring whether it's affecting public water supplies. CEO Jeff Lyash acknowledged the contamination during a media tour Tuesday of the...

Utility regulators to grill new Arizona Public Service CEO

Dec. 11, 2019 12:54 AM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — Utility regulators are scheduled to question the new head of Arizona Public Service Wednesday as the state's largest electrical utility faces scrutiny for billing mistakes and political spending. APS chief executive Jeff Guldner is likely to be grilled by the Arizona Corporation...

Michigan townships, company reach deal over contamination

Dec. 10, 2019 8:00 PM EST

PLAINFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Two western Michigan townships reached a tentative settlement with a footwear company in a federal lawsuit over contaminated water, officials announced Tuesday. The tentative deal between Plainfield and Algoma townships and Wolverine World Wide calls for the company to pay...

Survey of Vermont nuclear plant shows areas of contamination

Dec. 10, 2019 6:21 PM EST

BRATTLEBORO, Vt. (AP) — A survey of groundwater and soil of the Vermont Yankee site turned up 17 “areas of concern" for contamination. Five of the areas of nuclear power plant in Vernon are so polluted that they require additional cleanup, representatives from NorthStar Nuclear Decommissioning Co....

NorthWestern Energy seeks to buy more of Colstrip coal plant

Dec. 10, 2019 2:46 PM EST

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — NorthWestern Energy said Tuesday it will seek regulatory permission to acquire part of Puget Sound Energy's share of the Colstrip Power Plant for $1 as some utilities look to unload their coal-generated power. The agreement would involve taking over the Washington state utility's 25%...

China's electric car sales slump, squeezing automakers

Dec. 10, 2019 6:05 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — Looking for a new car, Yang Zhibo considered an electric but balked at prices that are thousands of dollars higher after Beijing wound down multibillion-dollar subsidies that made China the biggest market for the technology. The 27-year-old employee of a beverage distributor picked a...

New Mexico utility chief among those at UN climate meeting

Dec. 10, 2019 12:13 AM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The head of New Mexico's largest electric provider is in Spain this week for the U.N. climate meeting. Public Service Co. of New Mexico announced Monday that CEO Pat Vincent-Collawn was asked to speak about how U.S. utilities are dealing with the transition away from fossil fuels...

PG&E's $13.5B deal with fire victims removes huge obstacles

Dec. 9, 2019 8:30 PM EST

Associated Press (AP) — Pacific Gas and Electric will be able to avoid two legal obstacles that could have tripped up its efforts to bounce back from bankruptcy if California Gov. Gavin Newsom and a federal judge approve a $13.5 billion settlement with victims of catastrophic fires blamed on the utility's...

New Mexico utility regulators weigh costs of coal phase-out

Dec. 9, 2019 8:02 PM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Miners, environmentalists and utility customers weighed in Monday about the future of a major coal-fired power plant in New Mexico and a disputed financial plan to shutter the facility to make way for cleaner sources of electricity. Hearings this week at the Public Regulation...