Latest Electric utilities News

NYC-area nuclear plant sale gets federal approval

Nov. 23, 2020 6:50 PM EST

BUCHANAN, N.Y. (AP) — The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has approved sale of the Indian Point nuclear power plant to a dismantling company without granting requests by lawmakers and environmental groups for public hearings. The NRC announced Monday that it has signed off on its staff’s...

Giant wind turbine collapses in northern Sweden; no one hurt

Nov. 23, 2020 10:43 AM EST

STOCKHOLM (AP) — A 230-meter (755 feet) tall wind turbine in Arctic Sweden came crashing down on the snow during the weekend as high winds swept across the region, officials said Monday. No one was injured. Maria Roske, chief executive of windmill operator WPD, told the local Norran newspaper that there...

FILE - This Dec. 29, 2012, file photo ,shows the exterior of Spanish energy company Iberdrola is seen, in Madrid, Spain. The parent company of New Mexico’s largest electric utility will become part of energy giant Iberdrola’s global holdings under a multibillion-dollar merger.  Under the agreement announced Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020, Iberdrola's majority-owned U.S. subsidiary Avangrid will acquire PNM Resources and its assets in New Mexico and Texas. The merger will require approval from a number of state and federal regulators in a process that's expected to take the next 12 months. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki, File)

Advocate worries over New Mexico utility's growing power

Nov. 22, 2020 12:11 PM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — In a fight that was already lopsided, the Goliath could be getting steroids. At least that’s what Mariel Nanasi, executive director of the nonprofit New Energy Economy, fears is possible with major changes coming for the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission and the...

Critics: Indiana panel's report could lead to coal bailout

Nov. 22, 2020 10:13 AM EST

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A group of state lawmakers and energy experts has approved a new state energy report outlining how Indiana should proceed at a time when electric utilities are seeing a big shift from coal to renewable energy sources. The 21st Century Energy Task Force, formed by Indiana’s...

Utility company proposes car rebate plan in Colorado

Nov. 21, 2020 3:44 PM EST

DENVER (AP) — A utility company has proposed a plan in Colorado to offer rebates to incentivize people to buy more electric vehicles. Xcel Energy's rebates would total $130 million, the Denver Post reported Saturday. The Colorado Public Utilities Commission is holding hearings regarding the utility...

FILE-This Monday, Nov. 16, 2020 file photo shows FBI agents removing items from the German Village home of Public Utilities Commission of Ohio Chairman Sam Randazzo in Columbus, Ohio.   Just days after FBI agents searched Randazzo's upscale townhome in Columbus, FirstEnergy revealed Thursday that the firm of an Ohio regulator fitting Randazzo's description received a $4 million payment for purported consulting work just before taking his government position early last year.    (Adam Cairns/The Columbus Dispatch via AP)

Utility regulator targeted by FBI saw a whirlwind rise

Nov. 21, 2020 2:12 PM EST

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Sam Randazzo told Ohio state senators last year that he had been poised to retire at the end of 2018 when he was recruited to help the incoming administration of Republican Gov. Mike DeWine review looming big-picture energy and utility issues. Within three weeks of DeWine taking...

Red Lake Nation uses crowdfunding to bet big on solar energy

Nov. 21, 2020 1:02 AM EST

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Red Lake Nation is betting big on solar energy. The Chippewa Indian reservation in northern Minnesota will soon be home to one of the region’s largest solar arrays, a 240-kilowatt installation atop a workforce training center that will generate about half the...

Wisconsin's nuclear power plant operator seeks 30 more years

Nov. 21, 2020 1:01 AM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The operator of Wisconsin’s only remaining nuclear power plant wants to keep the 50-year-old plant running through 2050. NextEra Energy has submitted an application to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission seeking to add 20 years to the licenses for the Point Beach Nuclear plant in...

HBCUs get $3M to help develop sensors for nuclear plants

Nov. 20, 2020 8:25 PM EST

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Three historically Black colleges have received $3 million to use in developing devices that can find defects in nuclear facilities as they age. According to a news release from N.C. Central University in Durham, the National Nuclear Security Administration awarded the money to N.C....

Refunds arriving for Santee Cooper and cooperative customers

Nov. 20, 2020 6:23 PM EST

MONCKS CORNER, S.C. (AP) — Customers of some South Carolina utilities are getting refunds of some of their payments toward a failed nuclear construction project. Customers of state-owned utility Santee Cooper and associated electric cooperatives are getting checks if they have a refund of more than $25...