Latest Utilities News

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott demands answers as customers remain without power after Beryl

Jul. 14, 2024 22:43 PM EDT

DALLAS (AP) — With around 270,000 homes and businesses still without power in the Houston area almost a week after Hurricane Beryl hit Texas, Gov. Greg Abbott on Sunday said he's demanding an investigation into the response of the utility that serves the area as well as answers about its...

Half a million Houston-area homes and businesses still won't have power into next week

Jul. 11, 2024 23:13 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — About half a million Houston-area homes and businesses will still be without electricity next week, the city's largest utility said Thursday, stoking the frustration of hot and weary residents and leading a top state official to call the pace of recovery from Hurricane Beryl “not...

Long-unpaid bills lead to some water service cutoffs in Mississippi's capital city

Jul. 11, 2024 13:15 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Water service is being shut off at some apartment complexes in Mississippi's capital city because of long-unpaid bills, the company that runs the Jackson water system said Wednesday. JXN Water said in a statement that it has made “major strides in improving...

UK water firms get smaller rate hikes than sought amid struggle to cut pollution, attract investors

Jul. 11, 2024 05:38 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — British regulators on Thursday slashed proposed rate increases by water companies, crimping revenue at a time they are struggling to persuade investors to finance efforts to reduce sewage spills that have fouled waterways around the country. Under the draft decision...

Federal judge orders mediation to break impasse over Puerto Rico power company debt

Jul. 10, 2024 18:03 PM EDT

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — A federal judge overseeing a drawn-out debt-restructuring process for Puerto Rico’s power company ordered all parties to mediation on Wednesday in the latest attempt to break an impasse that has sparked widespread indignation. The U.S. territory’s...

Seeking carbon-free power, Virginia utility considers small nuclear reactors

Jul. 10, 2024 16:29 PM EDT

Virginia's largest utility said Wednesday that it will explore the possibility of using small nuclear reactors to help meet growing electricity demands while reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Nuclear power has been emerging as an attractive option for states transitioning away from...

UK utility giant Thames Water will seek fresh funding to keep business afloat

Jul. 09, 2024 05:41 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Thames Water, Britain's largest water company, said Tuesday it's hunting for fresh funding to keep the business afloat, even as the heavily indebted company warned it would run out of money by the end of May. The company, which is burdened by some 15 billion pounds...

Afghanistan has been through everything. Now it wants to dust off its postal service and modernize

Jul. 05, 2024 00:33 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — In parts of Afghanistan where there are no street names or house numbers, utility companies and their customers have adopted a creative approach for connecting. They use mosques as drop points for bills and cash, a “pay and pray” system. Now the...

EPA is investigating wastewater released into Puhi Bay from troubled Hilo sewage plant

Jun. 28, 2024 10:48 AM EDT

Federal and state environmental officials are looking into what caused a large release of partially treated wastewater in Hilo last week and what can be done to prevent future incidents. The investigation is focusing on a discharge of 607,000 gallons of wastewater into Puhi Bay on...

Chairman of federal control board overseeing Puerto Rico finances to step down

Jun. 26, 2024 20:57 PM EDT

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — The chairman of a federal control board that oversees Puerto Rico’s finances announced Wednesday he is stepping down as the U.S. territory struggles to restructure more than $9 billion in debt held by its troubled power company. The announcement by...