Latest Energy and utilities regulation News

Wolf vetoes bills on firearms during emergency, gas drilling

Nov. 25, 2020 4:06 PM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Gov. Tom Wolf on Wednesday vetoed bills on firearms during the pandemic or other emergencies and about the regulation and plugging of conventional oil and gas wells. All three bills had passed the politically split General Assembly with mostly Republican support and mostly Democratic...

FILE - This June 2020, file photo, shot from a television screen provided by the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy shows damage to anchor support EP-17-1 on the east leg of the Enbridge Line 5 pipeline within the Straits of Mackinac in Michigan. Enbridge Inc. has filed a lawsuit against Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, seeking a court order to prevent the shutdown of its Line 5 oil pipeline. (Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy via AP, File)

Enbridge sues Michigan over oil pipeline shutdown order

Nov. 24, 2020 6:53 PM EST

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Enbridge filed a legal challenge Tuesday to Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's recent demand that the company shut down its oil pipeline that crosses the waterway connecting Lake Huron and Lake Michigan. The Canadian company accused the state of overstepping its bounds, arguing...

Minnesota issues another approval for disputed oil pipeline

Nov. 24, 2020 6:33 PM EST

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Minnesota regulatory panel on Tuesday signed off on Enbridge Energy’s planned Line 3 crude oil pipeline replacement across northern Minnesota, leaving only one minor state permit to go before construction can begin. The independent Public Utilities Commission notified Enbridge...

McMaster wants utility to stop vying for rate hike on bills

Nov. 24, 2020 2:59 PM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster is calling on Dominion Energy to abandon a request to raise customers' power bills for an additional $178 million annual profit amid the COVID-19 pandemic. In a letter to the utility Tuesday, the governor highlighted the economic difficulties...

Colorado panel OKs sweeping changes to oil, gas regulations

Nov. 24, 2020 11:17 AM EST

DENVER (AP) — After delays caused by the pandemic and a nearly full change in members, the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission has unanimously approved a broad swath of new rules seen as some of the strictest in the country. The rules approved Monday include what’s considered the strongest...

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...

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...