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Dominion urges voluntary utility disconnect ban extension

Jun. 1, 2020 6:04 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Dominion Energy Virginia asked state regulators Monday to give utilities the option to suspend service disconnections for another four months due to the coronavirus pandemic. The state’s largest electric utility made the request in a filing with the State Corporation Commission,...

Editorial Roundup: Ohio

Jun. 1, 2020 4:27 PM EDT

Recent editorials of statewide and national interest from Ohio newspapers: Fixing our broken country will require all of us Akron Beacon Journal May 31 With cities on fire from coast to coast and nightly battles raging between police and protesters, it may seem like our country has descended into a dark and...

New Mexico utility seeks to decouple electric rates, costs

Jun. 1, 2020 2:05 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico’s largest electric provider is asking state regulators to consider a proposal that would allow it to recover fixed service costs independent of how much electricity is actually consumed by customers. Public Service Co. of New Mexico is pursing what is known as...

Indiana officials to consider request to raise utility bills

May. 31, 2020 2:04 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — State regulators have agreed to consider a request by Indiana’s gas and electric companies to charge their customers for the millions of dollars in revenue the utilities are expected to lose because of the coronavirus pandemic. The Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission ordered...

Regulated utilities extend customer protections due to virus

May. 31, 2020 9:22 AM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Regulated utilities in Michigan have agreed to extend service shut-off protections, flexible payment plans and other options offered to customers struggling with bills due to the coronavirus pandemic. The Michigan Public Service Commission says the extensions will go through mid-June....

Decommissioned nuclear reactor heavy haul for Nevada roads

May. 30, 2020 1:10 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A nuclear reactor vessel from Southern California’s decommissioned San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station made its way through Las Vegas by rail this week, headed to a transfer site and placement on a truck to become the heaviest object ever moved on a Nevada highway. “By far,...

FILE - In this Feb. 11, 2020, file photo, a Pacific Gas & Electric truck leaves the company's Oakland Service Center in Oakland, Calif. PG&E's chief financial officer, Jason Wells, is expected to face questions Thursday, May 28 about the company's plan to nearly double its debt to almost $40 billion to finance its payments to wildfire victims, insurers and government agencies in the second day of the company's bankruptcy trial. Meanwhile, the Public Utilities Commission will vote on the bankruptcy plan. (AP Photo/Ben Margot, File)

Regulators approve PG&E bankruptcy plan despite safety fears

May. 28, 2020 7:09 PM EDT

BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) — California power regulators on Thursday unanimously approved Pacific Gas & Electric's $58 billion plan for getting out of a bankruptcy caused by a series of deadly wildfires, despite ongoing worries about the utility's ability to safely operate its crumbling electrical grid. The...

2019 NYSAPA news and broadcast contest winners announced

May. 28, 2020 5:47 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The New York State Associated Press Association on Thursday announced the winners of its awards contest for stories broadcast, printed or posted online in 2019. Thirty-three newspapers submitted 715 entries and 46 television and radio stations submitted 578 entries in the contest. The...

FILE - In this Dec. 3, 2018, file photo, a vehicle rests in front of a home leveled by the Camp Fire in Paradise, Calif. An effort to block Pacific Gas and Electric's path out of bankruptcy kicked off the trial Wednesday, May 27, 2020, on the plan in bankruptcy court as critics of the utility questioned whether the overwhelming vote in favor of the plan by wildfire victims was tainted by conflicts of interest and shoddy counting. PG&E's plan won support last week in a landslide, with victims overwhelmingly backing PG&E's $58 billion proposal to emerge from bankruptcy after 18 months. (AP Photo/Noah Berger, File)

PG&E's bankruptcy trial opens with attacks on voting process

May. 27, 2020 5:13 PM EDT

BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) — An effort to block Pacific Gas and Electric's path out of bankruptcy kicked off Wednesday's trial on the plan in bankruptcy court as critics of the utility questioned whether the overwhelming vote in favor of the plan by wildfire victims was tainted by conflicts of interest and...

Alliant Energy investing $900 million in solar power plants

May. 27, 2020 7:54 AM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Alliant Energy says it's buying about $900 million worth of new solar power plants in Wisconsin, making the utility company the largest solar operator in Wisconsin. The six projects are under development in Grant, Jefferson, Richland, Rock, Sheboygan and Wood counties. Together they...