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NorthWestern Energy seeks to buy more of Colstrip coal plant

Dec. 10, 2019 10:20 AM EST

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — NorthWestern Energy said Tuesday it will seek regulatory permission to acquire Puget Sound Energy's 25% share of Unit 4 of the Colstrip Power Plant for $1. The agreement would include purchasing additional interest in the Colstrip Transmission System for an estimated cost of between...

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...

Protester repeatedly stop train carrying coal to power plant

Dec. 9, 2019 12:26 PM EST

Hooksett, N.H. (AP) — Climate activists tried to block carrying coal to Merrimack Power Plant in Bow, New Hampshire in three separate cities over the weekend. Protesters from climate activist organizations Groups from the Climate Disobedience Center and 350 New Hampshire temporarily stopped the train at...

Illinois power company hires goats to clear out brush

Dec. 8, 2019 4:36 PM EST

HILLVIEW, Ill. (AP) — An Illinois power company turned to a herd of goats to clear a steep, rocky plot of land so crews could reach electric lines. The 50 goats spent about about two weeks this fall chewing dense honeysuckle bushes and troublesome poison ivy down to the nub for Ameren Illinois. The utility...

Electricity provider planning more Indiana solar farms

Dec. 8, 2019 2:04 PM EST

PERU, Ind. (AP) — A company that provides electricity to dozens of Indiana communities has been working to add at least 17 solar farms to its system, officials said. The Indiana Municipal Power Agency said it now has 21 solar farms generating electricity around the state and is building more at it aims to...

Indiana board backs electricity cost shift from industries

Dec. 7, 2019 9:45 AM EST

MERRILLVILLE, Ind. (AP) — Consumer and environmental groups are arguing that Indiana utility regulators are unfairly shifting electricity costs from some large industrial customers to homeowners and small businesses. Their objections come after the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission approved a proposal...

Michigan power customers with own solar panels on the rise

Dec. 7, 2019 9:39 AM EST

LANSING, Mich (AP) — The number of people installing solar panels or other renewable energy to generate their own electricity continues to rise in Michigan. The Public Service Commission reported that the installations increased by nearly 57% in 2018. Participation in the state's net metering program has...