Latest Utilities News

In Democrats' budget: Eviction protection, utility relief

Aug. 04, 2021 15:14 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A key protection against evictions would be restored and a new round of funding would flow to utilities to cover unpaid customer bills under legislation advancing through the Democrat-controlled Virginia General Assembly. Those provisions are among...

GM posts $2.8B profit, but cautious tone sinks share price

Aug. 04, 2021 15:10 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — General Motors posted a healthy $2.8 billion second-quarter profit Wednesday, but its cautious outlook for the rest of the year spooked investors. The Detroit automaker made the strong profit despite a global shortage of computer chips that have forced...

The five best hybrid SUVs you can buy

Aug. 04, 2021 09:27 AM EDT

Buying a hybrid vehicle is typically a smart way to help save money on gas and reduce your carbon footprint compared to a conventional gasoline-only vehicle. Not long ago your shopping choices were largely limited to hybrid hatchbacks and sedans, but the hybrid SUV market has expanded...

New tech startup to locate headquarters in Tennessee

Aug. 04, 2021 05:08 AM EDT

CROSSVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee has announced that technology startup Whisper Aero will build its operations and locate its headquarters in Crossville. Whisper Aero launched last year to develop the “next generation of quiet, electric thrusters for...

Drought prompts California to halt some water diversions

Aug. 04, 2021 00:48 AM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Some farmers in one of the country's most important agricultural regions will have to stop taking water out of major rivers and streams because of a severe drought that is threatening the drinking water supply for 25 million people, state regulators said Tuesday. ...

PG&E says equipment may be tied to fire, touts improvements

Aug. 03, 2021 20:42 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Pacific Gas & Electric said its equipment may have been involved in starting a small wildfire that merged with a massive blaze now threatening homes in the Northern California mountains, a revelation that came Tuesday as the nation's largest utility briefed state...

Editorial Roundup: Illinois

Aug. 03, 2021 17:36 PM EDT

Bloomington Pantagraph. August 1, 2021. Editorial: The McLean County public has been cut off from police scanners. Why that’s a concern. Local law enforcement agencies should reexamine blocking media outlets from hearing live scanner traffic. ...

Maryland offshore wind developer announces expansion plans

Aug. 03, 2021 13:52 PM EDT

BALTIMORE (AP) — A Maryland offshore wind developer announced plans on Tuesday to expand on a wind turbine project off the coast of Ocean City and create a new steel production facility to make offshore wind foundations. US Wind announced plans to expand its 22-turbine...

DEP: No violations in clearing of woods for power line

Aug. 03, 2021 11:54 AM EDT

BANGOR, Maine (AP) — There's no evidence to support claims that Central Maine Power is violating its permit requirements while clearing a path for a transmission line in western Maine, the Maine Department of Environmental Protection said. DEP Commissioner Melanie...

Bipartisan bill leaves out key climate, clean energy steps

Aug. 03, 2021 08:49 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure package unveiled by the Senate includes more than $150 billion to boost clean energy and promote “climate resilience” by making schools, ports and other structures better able to withstand extreme weather events such as storms...