Latest Utilities News

Ukrainian engineers scramble to keep mobile phones working

Dec. 02, 2022 02:12 AM EST

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — With Ukraine scrambling to keep communication lines open during the war, an army of engineers from the country’s phone companies has mobilized to help the public and policymakers stay in touch during repeated Russian missile and drone strikes. The engineers,...

Coal-fired power plant in NJ to be imploded for clean power

Dec. 02, 2022 01:10 AM EST

SWEDESBORO, N.J. (AP) — A former coal-fired power plant in New Jersey will be imploded Friday, and its owners are expected to announce plans for a new clean energy venture on the site. Starwood Energy will demolish the former Logan Generating Plant, with the head of New Jersey's...

Indian coal magnate Gautam Adani goes green

Dec. 01, 2022 23:09 PM EST

NEW DELHI (AP) — Asia’s richest man, Gautam Adani, made his vast fortune betting on coal as an energy hungry India grew swiftly after liberalizing its economy in the 1990s. He's now set his sights on becoming the world's biggest renewable energy player, by 2030, adroitly aligning...

Mexico tells US it wants to keep talking on trade disputes

Dec. 01, 2022 22:02 PM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico’s economy secretary on Thursday proposed yet another round of talks with the United States on a dispute over Mexico’s energy sector. Mexico hopes to stave off a full-fledged trade complaint under the U.s.-Mexico-Canada trade agreement. ...

Drought-hit California cities to get little water from state

Dec. 01, 2022 20:13 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California water agencies that serve 27 million people will get just 5% of what they requested from the state to start 2023, water officials announced Thursday. The news of limited water comes as California concludes its driest three-year stretch on...

Legal push to cut Puerto Rico power company debt delayed

Dec. 01, 2022 18:25 PM EST

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Efforts to restructure some $9 billion in debt held by Puerto Rico’s power company hit a new snag Thursday following multiple failed attempts to end its bankruptcy. Officials had until Thursday to submit a new proposal on how to cut the Electric Power...

Environmentalists fight huge utility's long-term contracts

Dec. 01, 2022 17:42 PM EST

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Distributors for the nation’s largest public utility signed onto what amounted to “never-ending” contracts that unfairly tied them to power generated by the Tennessee Valley Authority, a lawyer argued Thursday as she represents environmental groups in a lawsuit. ...

EPA seeks to mandate more use of ethanol and other biofuels

Dec. 01, 2022 16:20 PM EST

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday proposed increasing the amount of ethanol and other biofuels that must be blended into the nation’s fuel supplies over the next three years, a move welcomed by renewable fuel and farm groups but condemned by environmentalists...

Denver gets go-ahead from EPA after progress on lead pipes

Dec. 01, 2022 10:52 AM EST

The Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday approved a nearly $700 million plan to remove all lead water pipes in the Denver region, saying the local water utility's approach for reducing lead levels is succeeding and making swift progress. It's a recognition that cities can effectively address...

In new role as G-20 chair, India set to focus on climate

Dec. 01, 2022 10:30 AM EST

BENGALURU, India (AP) — India officially takes up its role as chair of the Group of 20 leading economies for the coming year Thursday and it's putting climate at the top of the group's priorities. Programs to encourage sustainable living and money for countries to transition to...