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Governor’s resumes publication of her meetings, travel

Nov. 18, 2019 6:54 PM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham resumed publication Monday of a running list of her appointments and work travel after a seven-week lapse, with her agendas showing recent meetings with variety of energy companies amid an overhaul of methane regulations and new mandates for cleaner sources...

Central New Mexico battles for control of electric systems

Nov. 16, 2019 11:57 AM EST

SOCORRO, N.M. (AP) — Socorro is charged up about building its own electric utility to offer cheaper, cleaner electricity to local consumers than they get from the 75-year-old Socorro Electric Cooperative. Mayor Ravi Bhasker and city councilors are pursuing an independent contract with Guzman Energy LLC, an...

Groups sue to stop power transmission line in eastern Oregon

Nov. 14, 2019 1:45 PM EST

BAKER CITY, Ore. (AP) — Two groups have filed a federal lawsuit to block a proposed power transmission line that would run through two counties in northeast Oregon, a newspaper reported Thursday. The Stop B2H Coalition and Greater Hells Canyon Council, both based in La Grande, Oregon, filed the suit in...

California faces fraught path out of wildfire, power crisis

Nov. 14, 2019 1:18 PM EST

The utility that serves more than 5 million electrical customers in one of the world’s most technologically advanced areas is now faced again and again with a no-win decision: risk starting catastrophic deadly wildfires, or turn off the lights and immiserate millions of paying customers. Pacific Gas &...

California crisis of fires, blackouts decades in the making

Nov. 14, 2019 1:10 AM EST

The utility that serves more than 5 million electrical customers in one of the world’s most technologically advanced areas is now faced again and again with a no-win decision: risk starting catastrophic deadly wildfires, or turn off the lights and immiserate millions of paying customers. Pacific Gas &...

Appeals court rejects challenge to proposed JCP&L power line

Nov. 1, 2019 3:56 PM EDT

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey appeals court on Friday ruled in favor of Jersey Central Power & Light's plans to build a new power line in Morris County, rejecting arguments by a local school board seeking to stop the plan because the line would pass close to a middle school. The utility company, the...

Massachusetts selects second planned offshore wind project

Oct. 30, 2019 3:07 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts is forging ahead with plans to develop offshore wind farms despite mixed signals from federal regulators. The Baker administration announced that Mayflower Wind has been selected by the state's electric distribution companies to begin contract negotiations to provide 804...

California blaze forces evacuations as wind spurs blackouts

Oct. 27, 2019 1:07 AM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A Northern California blaze forced evacuation orders and warnings for nearly all of Sonoma County stretching to the coast, with forecasts of strong winds prompting blackouts to prevent fire-causing power line damage. Pacific Gas & Electric started shutting off power Saturday around...

Widespread evacuations, power outages near California fire

Oct. 26, 2019 11:51 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — About 90,000 residents were ordered to evacuate towns near a massive Northern California wildfire Saturday, and the state's largest utility began power shut-offs for an estimated 2.35 million people due to forecasts of severe winds and extreme fire danger. Two previous blackouts in...

Rep. Golden requests hearing on CMP power line

Oct. 17, 2019 12:22 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will host a public hearing on Central Maine Power Co.'s planned transmission line at the request of U.S. Rep. Jared Golden. The Democrat says there is a lack of transparency and an opportunity for public input. The proposed line would transmit Quebec...