Latest Energy and utilities regulation News

Report: SC utilities prepared for winter storms, blackouts

Jan. 15, 2022 10:23 AM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A new report by a state watchdog agency finds that South Carolina's utilities are prepared to withstand winter storms like the one that buckled Texas' power grid last year. The final report, released Dec. 31 by the Office of Regulatory Staff and prepared by...

EPA to review NC permit OKs at hog farms collecting gas

Jan. 14, 2022 18:46 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Federal regulators have agreed to investigate whether the North Carolina Department of Environment Quality violated the rights of minority residents and poor people living near farms where it approved plans to capture gas from hog waste. The U.S. Environmental...

Democrats defeat GOP sanctions on Russian gas pipeline

Jan. 13, 2022 21:53 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Democrats on Thursday defeated a bill by Texas Republican Ted Cruz that would have slammed sanctions on businesses involved in a Russian natural gas pipeline to Germany, denouncing it as a GOP political gesture that would have harmed relations with European allies. ...

Judges block certification of utility regulation candidates

Jan. 13, 2022 18:26 PM EST

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A panel of three federal judges ruled Thursday that Montana's secretary of state cannot certify candidates for the two seats on the state's utility regulating board that are up for election this year until a lawsuit over balancing the number of residents in each district is...

Editorial Roundup: United States

Jan. 13, 2022 16:58 PM EST

Excerpts from recent editorials in the United States and abroad: Jan. 11 The Washington Post on “why Democrats should push hard on voting rights”: Speaking in Atlanta on Tuesday, President Biden tried to reinvigorate Democrats’ push to pass two...

Illinois court sends pipeline plans back to regulators

Jan. 13, 2022 13:22 PM EST

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — An Illinois appellate court has set aside a decision by state regulators that would allow the Dakota Access oil pipeline to double capacity to 1.1 million barrels daily. In a 60-page decision filed Wednesday, the appellate court’s three-judge panel ordered...

Mayor Harrell extends Seattle eviction bans, utility orders

Jan. 13, 2022 11:25 AM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — Seattle Mayor Bruce Harrell said Wednesday he will issue an executive order extending the city’s eviction moratoriums for residents, small businesses and nonprofits for an additional 30 days, until Feb. 14, as the pandemic continues. Former Mayor Jenny Durkan had...

EXPLAINER: How Europe is trying to deal with its gas crisis

Jan. 13, 2022 11:08 AM EST

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Europe’s natural gas crisis isn't letting up. Reserves are low. Prices are high. Utility customers are facing expensive bills. Major Russian supplier Gazprom isn't selling gas like it used to. It all raises the question: How exactly is Europe, which...

Pipeline spills 300,000 gallons of diesel near New Orleans

Jan. 12, 2022 19:27 PM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A severely corroded pipeline ruptured and spilled more than 300,000 gallons (1.1 million liters) of diesel fuel just outside New Orleans after the operator delayed needed repairs, according to federal records. Most of the fuel drained into two artificial ponds...

New Mexico high court upholds deal on coal-fired power plant

Jan. 11, 2022 00:17 AM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The state Supreme Court has upheld provisions of an environmental law that provides financial arrangements for an electric utility to abandon investments in a coal-fired power plant in northwestern New Mexico. In a unanimous opinion announced Monday, the court...