Latest Utilities News

New Mexico energizes first leg of major transmission line

Oct. 26, 2021 17:06 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — It’s been years in the making, and now officials say the first leg of a major renewable energy transmission line in New Mexico has been energized. The New Mexico Renewable Energy Transmission Authority made the announcement Tuesday, saying...

Editorial Roundup: Indiana

Oct. 26, 2021 14:10 PM EDT

South Bend Tribune. Oct. 22, 2021. Editorial: Partisan politics trample public health in St. Joseph County Now we know. After 19 months of watching the politicization of science and public health, we see what — and who — some...

Xcel Energy requests electric rate hike of about 20%

Oct. 26, 2021 12:47 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Xcel Energy wants to increase its electricity rate by about 20% over the next three years, adding an average $15 to $21 per month cumulatively to residential customers' bills. Minneapolis-based Xcel filed its request with the Minnesota Public...

Groups ask regulators to reconsider decision on power plants

Oct. 26, 2021 11:24 AM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Three groups are asking the West Virginia Public Service Commission to reconsider a decision allowing Appalachian Power and Wheeling Power to keep three plants operational through at least 2040. West Virginia Citizen Action Group, Solar United...

EU ministers debate how to tackle rising energy costs

Oct. 26, 2021 08:36 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union ministers on Tuesday held emergency talks focused on energy that did not produce immediate results amid deep divergences between the 27 member countries on how to tackle a crunch that has seen consumers' bills skyrocket this year. The wave...

Cumberland Valley Electric joins broadband initiative

Oct. 26, 2021 04:06 AM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Cumberland Valley Electric, an eastern Kentucky electric cooperative, will be part of the state’s high-speed internet expansion efforts, Lt. Gov. Jacqueline Coleman announced Monday. Earlier this year, Kentucky joined neighboring states in...

Tesla's market value tops $1T after Hertz orders 100K cars

Oct. 25, 2021 17:22 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — Hertz announced Monday that it will buy 100,000 electric vehicles from Tesla, one of the largest purchases of battery-powered cars in history and the latest evidence of the nation's increasing commitment to EV technology. The news of the deal triggered a...

Georgia nuclear reactors delayed again as costs mount

Oct. 25, 2021 15:05 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia Power Co. is pushing back the startup date for its two new nuclear reactors near Augusta, saying it's still redoing sloppy construction work and that contractors still aren't meeting deadlines. The unit of Atlanta-based Southern Co. now says the...

Northam: $200M wind turbine project to create 310 jobs

Oct. 25, 2021 13:52 PM EDT

PORTSMOUTH, Va. (AP) — Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy will partner with Dominion Energy on a $200 million factory making turbine blades for offshore wind projects, creating 310 jobs, Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam announced Monday. Virginia-based Dominion previously...

Plan for UK coal mine brings hope to some, horror to others

Oct. 25, 2021 10:59 AM EDT

WHITEHAVEN, England (AP) — In the patchwork of hills, lakes and sea that make up England’s northwest corner, most people see beauty. Dave Cradduck sees broken dreams. The coal mine where the 74-year-old once worked has long closed. The chemical factory that employed...