Latest Utilities News

Scottsbluff to begin second community solar project

Feb. 17, 2019 1:06 AM 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...

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...

Solar bill passes Kentucky House, heads back to Senate

Feb. 15, 2019 5:30 PM EST

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Lawmakers in coal-loving Kentucky have approved a bill that could make solar panels less lucrative for residential customers beyond 2020. The House of Representatives passed Senate Bill 100 on Friday in a 71-24 vote. It would let the Public Service Commission, a board appointed by the...

Virginia lawmakers send coal ash bill to governor

Feb. 15, 2019 4:51 PM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia lawmakers have approved legislation to require the state's largest electric utility to excavate and clean up unlined coal ash pits. The General Assembly approved legislation Friday to require Dominion Energy to recycle or store in lined landfills millions of cubic yards of...

Wyoming lawmakers advance energy equipment tax break

Feb. 15, 2019 3:11 PM EST

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming lawmakers have advanced a proposed property tax break on equipment used in energy production. The Senate Minerals, Business and Economic Development Committee voted 4-1 Friday to move the bill to the full Senate for debate. The bill earlier cleared the House 41-18. The...

Gov. Janet Mills meets with head of utility parent company

Feb. 15, 2019 2:43 PM EST

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine Gov. Janet Mills has met with the head of the company that owns Central Maine Power shortly after she expressed support for a proposed 145-mile power transmission line. Maine Public reports Mills spokeswoman Lindsay Crete says Iberdrola CEO Ignacio Galan met with the governor's...

Worker hurt in 2018 Texas hospital blast sues gas utility

Feb. 15, 2019 12:43 PM EST

GATESVILLE, Texas (AP) — A worker severely burned in a 2018 deadly explosion at a Central Texas hospital has sued a Dallas-based utility seeking more than $1 million. Matt Aaron of Oglesby alleges Atmos (AT'-muhs) Energy Corporation failed to maintain its natural gas system and include a "rotten egg" odor...