Latest Electric utilities News

Check's not in the mail: SC ratepayers angry over no rebate

Feb. 18, 2019 3:01 PM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — For more than 700,000 customers of a private South Carolina utility, the $1,000 rebate checks aren't in the mail. A year ago, Dominion Energy proposed writing the average South Carolina Electric & Gas customer a $1,000 one-time cash payment if lawmakers facilitated and regulators...

Eastern Oregon may be home to renewable energy project

Feb. 18, 2019 2:08 PM EST

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Portland General Electric is making plans to build the nation's first large-scale renewable energy project that combines wind turbines, solar panels and battery storage, according to a news report. The Wheatridge Renewable Energy Facility will be built just north of Lexington, in...

Missouri utility program to build more electric car chargers

Feb. 18, 2019 10:48 AM EST

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri utility is planning to spend more than $4 million over five years to encourage the construction of more charging stations for electric cars statewide. The Missouri Public Service Commission recently approved Ameren Missouri's pilot program to offer incentives to groups...

Scottsbluff to begin second community solar project

Feb. 17, 2019 2:08 PM EST

SCOTTSBLUFF, Neb. (AP) — Nearly two years ago, the Nebraska Public Power District embarked on a 128-kilowatt solar array, located at its office in Scottsbluff. When the project went live, the created renewable energy was sent to the electric grid. The Scottsbluff project sold out within days of launch in...

Uncertainty shadows Pennsylvania's debate over nuclear power

Feb. 17, 2019 11:18 AM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Four decades after Three Mile Island became shorthand for America's worst commercial nuclear power accident, financial rescues of nuclear power plants are stirring the highest levels of government. In Pennsylvania, nuclear power plant owners have been working for two years to build...

Former coal-fired power plant is demolished in Germany

Feb. 17, 2019 8:09 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — A long-shut coal-fired power plant in western Germany has been demolished with the help of more than 200 kilograms (440 pounds) of explosives. The former Knepper power station on the outskirts of Dortmund was brought down in two explosions on Sunday. The first destroyed the main body of the...

Ketchikan power customers urged to cut back on electricity

Feb. 16, 2019 12:32 PM EST

KETCHIKAN, Alaska (AP) — Ketchikan's power utility is asking customers to throttle back their electrical usage. Freezing temperatures and low water levels in lakes, the source of hydropower for Ketchikan Public Utilities' electric division, has maxed out power production, the Ketchikan Daily News reported...

Correction: Lithium Ion Batteries-Recycling story

Feb. 16, 2019 10:12 AM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — In a story Feb. 15 about a Department of Energy lithium-ion battery research and development project, The Associated Press reported erroneously the amount that would be spent over three years and the name of Hans Eric Melin's company. The correct amount is $15 million, not $15 billion....

Residents skeptical as company takes over solar project

Feb. 16, 2019 1:06 AM EST

GRAND RAPIDS, Minn. (AP) — The backers of a northern Minnesota community solar-plus-storage project are wary about the sudden involvement of their municipal utility's power wholesaler. The Itasca Clean Energy Team, a citizens group in Grand Rapids, Minnesota, has been working with the city's municipal...

Governor repeals predecessor's attempt to ban wind projects

Feb. 15, 2019 8:08 PM EST

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine's new Democratic governor has signed an executive order allowing state agencies to consider new wind energy projects in areas of Maine where her predecessor had sought to prohibit them. Gov. Janet Mills' office said Friday she signed an executive order a day earlier that repeals...