Latest Energy and utilities regulation News

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 OKs 9% natural gas rate hike for SEMCO customers

Dec. 7, 2019 9:36 AM EST

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan regulators have approved a 9.2% natural gas rate increase for 300,000 customers of SEMCO Energy Gas. The utility says it will use the nearly $20 million rate increase to replace gas mains and initiate an infrastructure reliability improvement program. SEMCO had sought a rate...

Colorado city council puts 6-month moratorium on oil, gas

Dec. 5, 2019 5:18 PM EST

BOULDER, Colo. (AP) — A Colorado city council has extended a moratorium on oil and gas projects as it works on updates to local regulations. The Daily Camera reported the Broomfield City Council voted Tuesday to extend an existing moratorium for another six months. The original moratorium ended Wednesday...

Arizona utility CEO accepts invite to meet with regulators

Dec. 5, 2019 3:23 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona Public Service Company CEO has accepted an invitation to attend an Arizona Corporation Commission open meeting to address questions on its faulty online rate comparison tool after it wrongly encouraging customers to switch to more expensive plans. The Arizona Capitol Times reported...

PG&E urges judge to approve key settlement, faces resistance

Dec. 4, 2019 7:43 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Pacific Gas & Electric on Wednesday urged a federal bankruptcy judge to approve a key insurance settlement as it struggles to regain its financial footing and cover at least $20 billion in losses stemming from catastrophic wildfires in California tied to its equipment. The nation's...

US business group: Fracking ban would have dire consequences

Dec. 4, 2019 3:23 PM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Campaign pledges made by Democratic presidential candidates to ban hydraulic fracturing by the oil and natural gas sector would have dire economic consequences for New Mexico and the rest of the United States if implemented, said the head of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s...

South Dakota governor backs funding to plug abandoned wells

Dec. 4, 2019 1:12 PM EST

BUFFALO, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem has allocated $727,700 in her proposed 2021 fiscal year budget to plug 40 abandoned gas wells in the state. In many cases in which wells aren't properly plugged before being abandoned, they can pose a risk of explosions, groundwater contamination and...

Prosecutor: ‘Buy-a-badge’ pipeline security plan was illegal

Dec. 3, 2019 6:07 PM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A county prosecutor on Tuesday accused the owner of multibillion-dollar pipelines carrying highly volatile natural gas liquids across Pennsylvania of illegally using uniformed state constables as a private security force in what he called a “buy-a-badge” scheme. Chester...

Federal utility fined $145K for inaccurate nuke plant info

Dec. 3, 2019 2:16 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Federal regulators have fined the nation’s largest public utility $145,000 for submitting incomplete and inaccurate information on a backup system at its Watts Bar Nuclear Plant. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission notified the Tennessee Valley Authority of the proposed fine...

Senate approves successor to Rick Perry as energy secretary

Dec. 2, 2019 6:57 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s pick to succeed Rick Perry as energy secretary won easy Senate confirmation Monday, despite a Democratic senator’s objections that the nominee hadn’t fully answered questions related to the Trump impeachment investigation. Several other...