Latest Utilities News

Nation’s largest utility in long-term deals to sell power

Nov. 14, 2019 4:18 PM EST

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee Valley Authority officials say most of the local companies that receive power generated by the utility have signed long-term partnership agreements, but some larger customers still have not agreed to the 20-year deals. TVA President and CEO Jeff Lyash said during a board...

Colorado commissioners approve land request for solar farm

Nov. 14, 2019 3:06 PM EST

ASPEN, Colo. (AP) — Colorado county commissioners have approved a land-use application for a 18,000-panel solar facility to help promote green energy. Aspen Daily News reports that Pitkin County commissioners unanimously approved the request Wednesday citing it as an important step in reducing the...

Gas company to appeal pipeline rejection to Supreme Court

Nov. 14, 2019 3:04 PM EST

WYOMISSING, Pa. (AP) — A gas company whose bid to build a natural gas pipeline through parts of Pennsylvania and New Jersey was rejected in court says it will appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court. The PennEast Pipeline Company said Thursday it would file its appeal by a February deadline. In September, a...

Groups sue to stop power transmission line in eastern Oregon

Nov. 14, 2019 1:45 PM EST

BAKER CITY, Ore. (AP) — Two groups have filed a federal lawsuit to block a proposed power transmission line that would run through two counties in northeast Oregon, a newspaper reported Thursday. The Stop B2H Coalition and Greater Hells Canyon Council, both based in La Grande, Oregon, filed the suit in...

California faces fraught path out of wildfire, power crisis

Nov. 14, 2019 1:18 PM EST

The utility that serves more than 5 million electrical customers in one of the world’s most technologically advanced areas is now faced again and again with a no-win decision: risk starting catastrophic deadly wildfires, or turn off the lights and immiserate millions of paying customers. Pacific Gas &...

California businesses at risk amid fires, power outages

Nov. 14, 2019 12:52 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — The California wildfires are taking a toll on small businesses, including those that are miles away and safe from the flames. Smoke, ash and power outages force companies to shut down or cost them business even if owners and employees aren’t forced to evacuate. The power outages...

Taller wind turbines planned off Ocean City

Nov. 14, 2019 11:22 AM EST

OCEAN CITY, Md. (AP) — Developers of two planned wind farms off Maryland’s coast now plan to build turbines more than 200 feet (61 meters) taller than initially proposed. The revised plans are prompting another round of public review the projects, which received state approval in 2017....

California crisis of fires, blackouts decades in the making

Nov. 14, 2019 1:10 AM EST

The utility that serves more than 5 million electrical customers in one of the world’s most technologically advanced areas is now faced again and again with a no-win decision: risk starting catastrophic deadly wildfires, or turn off the lights and immiserate millions of paying customers. Pacific Gas &...

California regulators order inquiry into power outages

Nov. 13, 2019 10:37 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — California regulators opened a formal investigation Wednesday into preemptive power outages that blacked out large parts of the state in October, drawing strong rebukes from public officials and residents who said the shut-offs were too broad and poorly executed. The unanimous vote by...

The Latest: New evidence emerges in impeachment hearing

Nov. 13, 2019 10:09 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the House impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump (all times local): 10 p.m. On Day One of public impeachment hearings, the top American diplomat in Ukraine revealed new evidence that President Donald Trump was overheard asking about political...