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Energy Secretary Perry says he is resigning by year's end

Oct. 17, 2019 10:37 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Energy Secretary Rick Perry announced Thursday that he will leave his job by the end of the year, saying that under President Donald Trump the nation is nearing energy independence. Perry's long-rumored departure comes as he is under scrutiny over the role he played in the president's...

San Onofre nuke plant demolition approved

Oct. 17, 2019 9:21 PM EDT

LAGUNA NIGEL, Calif. (AP) — The California Coastal Commission has approved a plan to dismantle much of the San Onofre nuclear power plant that was closed six years ago. The commission on Thursday unanimously approved the plan by Southern California Edison that includes removing most "visible elements" of...

Program will guide Michigan's transition to renewable fuels

Oct. 17, 2019 12:49 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — State officials have developed a program to help Michigan residents and businesses deal with the energy industry's transition from fossil fuels to renewable power sources. MI Power Grid will serve as a clearinghouse for information and help with integrating clean energy technologies...

Rep. Golden requests hearing on CMP power line

Oct. 17, 2019 12:22 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will host a public hearing on Central Maine Power Co.'s planned transmission line at the request of U.S. Rep. Jared Golden. The Democrat says there is a lack of transparency and an opportunity for public input. The proposed line would transmit Quebec...

FirstEnergy subsidiary wins bankruptcy plan approval

Oct. 17, 2019 12:01 PM EDT

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — A subsidiary of FirstEnergy Corp. that operates coal and nuclear plants in Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia plans to emerge from bankruptcy protection by the end of the year after getting final approval from a federal judge. But FirstEnergy Solutions also warned this week that it...

Top PG&E executive in ill-timed winery retreat out of job

Oct. 16, 2019 3:26 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A top Pacific Gas and Electric Co. executive who was among a group of employees who wined and dined top customers just before the utility's widespread power outage last week is no longer with the company. Mel Christopher, who until recently was the top PG&E gas executive, was gone...

California Editorial Rdp

Oct. 16, 2019 10:43 AM EDT

Oct. 15 The Los Angeles Times on California power outages and fires: Last year, state officials changed the law to allow power companies to be more aggressive shutting down electrical lines in areas where strong, dry winds were predicted so that even if they were downed, they wouldn't spark a fire. The idea was...

Notre Dame embraces renewable energy, cuts coal-fired plant

Oct. 15, 2019 4:33 PM EDT

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — The University of Notre Dame is shuttering its coal-fired power plant a year ahead of schedule thanks to a sustainable energy plan that's seen the campus embrace renewable energy. Notre Dame President Rev. John Jenkins got behind the wheel of a truck Monday and dumped the final load...

Hawaii power company plans to begin drilling geothermal well

Oct. 15, 2019 10:17 AM EDT

HILO, Hawaii (AP) — Puna Geothermal Venture plans to begin drilling a new geothermal production well on Hawaii Island as part of its recovery from the Kilauea volcano eruption, officials said. The energy company expects to begin drilling its Kapoho State 18 well Wednesday, The Hawaii Tribune-Herald...

Los Angeles fire began under power lines, cause not known

Oct. 14, 2019 11:53 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A destructive fire that exploded on the edge of Los Angeles began beneath a high-voltage transmission tower owned by Southern California Edison, fire officials said Monday. Los Angeles Fire Department arson investigators determined the origin of the Saddle Ridge Fire was beneath power...