Latest Utilities News

Mexico's energy reform strains ties with US

Jan. 22, 2022 17:36 PM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico’s plan to favor its own state-owned electrical power plants and limit energy sales by private, foreign-built projects could affect U.S. investment in Mexico, officials said during bilateral talks this week. According to statements issued Friday, the...

Utility asks court to overturn rejection of power plant plan

Jan. 22, 2022 13:59 PM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico’s largest electric provider is asking the state Supreme Court to overturn a decision by regulators and let the utility proceed with a plan to transfer its shares in a coal-fired power plant to a Navajo energy company. A filing Friday by Public...

Planned natural gas plants would cost $900M, run 10% of time

Jan. 22, 2022 12:13 PM EST

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A southern Indiana utility wants to build two new natural gas plants, and a pipeline to get the fuel to them, outside Evansville. CenterPoint Energy, formerly known as Vectren, said this project will help the utility with its transition to renewable energy. It...

Alabama Power to pay state fine, stop coal burning at plant

Jan. 22, 2022 11:15 AM EST

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama Power Co. will pay $75,000 in fines and stop burning coal in a unit that released too much hydrochloric acid at a generating plant north of Mobile under an agreement with state environmental regulators. The settlement came as the utility agreed to a...

Exchange: Rio Verde Foothills homes to lose water source

Jan. 22, 2022 10:19 AM EST

RIO VERDE, Ariz. (AP) — Flooding rains have eroded the roads here until they resemble desert washes, but they still will carry you to someone’s version of paradise. The roads curl past multi-million dollar homes, lead to sprawling ranches and take people to views once thought impossible to see...

Utilities manager in W.Va. retiring after 27 years with city

Jan. 22, 2022 09:05 AM EST

FAIRMONT, W.Va. (AP) — It’d be hard to find a more productive career than that of David Sago. Sago has worked for the City of Fairmont in utilities since 1994 and announced that he will be retiring this month after 27 years working for the city. After spending...

Cold North Dakota ideal for hot cryptocurrency data centers

Jan. 22, 2022 01:13 AM EST

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota’s bitterly cold winters make for the ideal setting desired by a new industry eyeing the state: cryptocurrency. Interest has picked up over the past year in locating data centers within North Dakota. Such facilities consist of computer servers...

Renewables helping some rural cooperatives with bottom line

Jan. 22, 2022 01:12 AM EST

BRAINERD, Minn. (AP) — In a field in Ramsey north of the Twin Cities, a solar array is producing power from the sun. What’s unusual about this array are the large white boxes connected to it that are the size of shipping containers. They’re batteries that store energy when the...

Nevada geothermal power lawsuit bound for US appeals court

Jan. 21, 2022 18:12 PM EST

RENO, Nev. (AP) — A federal appeals court will have to decide whether protecting historical tribal lands and a rare toad warrant blocking a major geothermal plant in Nevada as the nation tries to move away from fossil fuels amid a looming climate crisis. Ormat Technologies says it...

$600M for water projects gains support, but senators pause

Jan. 21, 2022 17:13 PM EST

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — A proposal from South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem to use the bulk of federal coronavirus relief funding on water and sewage projects has so far met little opposition in the state Senate, but a powerful committee on Friday withheld its approval to vet the proposal further. ...