Latest Utilities News

New wind farm to operate in southeastern New Mexico by 2020

Jun. 24, 2019 12:33 PM EDT

CARLSBAD, N.M. (AP) — A new wind power generating farm is coming to southeastern New Mexico, bringing turbines and transmission lines. San Diego-based EDF Renewables recently announced that construction on the Oso Grande Wind Project will start this year and the farm will fully operate by the end of 2020,...

University of Iowa team wins $115M 'space weather' grant

Jun. 24, 2019 8:15 AM EDT

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — A University of Iowa team has won a $115 million grant to develop satellites for studying a system of radiation created by the sun — "space weather." The NASA grant will underwrite development of satellites expected to be launched within the next three years with more...

Arizona fire highlights challenges for energy storage

Jun. 23, 2019 12:14 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona's largest electric company installed massive batteries near neighborhoods with a large number of solar panels, hoping to capture some of the energy from the afternoon sun to use after dark. Arizona Public Service has been an early adopter of battery storage technology seen as...

Budget pressure, policy agendas collide ahead of deadline

Jun. 23, 2019 9:16 AM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Toil on a $34 billion budget package in Pennsylvania's Capitol is barreling into the final week of the fiscal year, as top lawmakers rush to wrap up closed-door budget talks, score some pet victories and send rank-and-filers home for the summer. The main objective is extending the...

Communities get help with keeping the power on during storms

Jun. 23, 2019 8:01 AM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina and the federal government are paying over $1.4 million for 24 generators and other help so communities can keep the power on at public infrastructure during storms and disasters. The money will go mostly toward generators, with the town of Plymouth in eastern North...

Utility offers free health tests after high lead levels

Jun. 22, 2019 4:42 PM EDT

UNIVERSITY PARK, Ill. (AP) — A water company says it will offer free blood tests as well as home tests as part of a response to elevated lead levels in a Chicago suburb. Aqua Illinois president Craig Blanchette was in University Park on Saturday to meet with residents. He acknowledged they're "frustrated,...

Nebraska utility helps reduce cost of car charging stations

Jun. 22, 2019 2:48 PM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska's largest utility offers several programs to help reduce the cost of purchasing an electric vehicle and installing a charging station. Customers of Nebraska Public Power District and the utilities it serves are eligible for the aid, which could include as much as $4,500 in...

New Jersey picks Danish firm Orsted for wind energy project

Jun. 21, 2019 7:34 PM EDT

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey has chosen a Danish company to build a wind energy project off the coast of Atlantic City that could power half a million homes. The state Board of Public Utilities on Friday chose Orsted to build a project that would generate 1,100 megawatts of electricity. The...

California governor proposes safety steps for utilities

Jun. 21, 2019 7:20 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom is willing to throw a financial lifeline to the state's major utilities dealing with the results of disastrous wildfires -- but only if they agree to concessions including tying executive compensation to safety performance. A proposal unveiled Friday...

Political opposition grows to nuclear waste storage plan

Jun. 21, 2019 4:04 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Plans by a New Jersey-based company to temporarily store spent nuclear fuel from commercial reactors in the New Mexico desert is running into more political trouble, as some of the state's top elected officials are raising red flags. Congresswoman Deb Haaland became the latest...