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FILE - In this March 15, 2019, file photo, state Sen. John Arthur Smith gestures while speaking to New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham in Santa Fe, N.M. The chairman of a key legislative committee says New Mexico's finances have been hit by a double-whammy of a pandemic and an oil-price crash. But state Sen. John Arthur Smith said Monday, April 6, 2020, the blow will be somewhat cushioned by decisions made during the last legislative session to build up reserves. (AP Photo/Morgan Lee, File)

New Mexico lawmaker: Special session and tough choices ahead

Apr. 6, 2020 5:36 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico’s finances have been hit by a double-whammy with the pandemic and an oil-price crash, but one of the state's most influential lawmakers said Monday that decisions made during the last legislative session to build up reserves will help cushion that blow — at...

In this Thursday, April 2, 2020 photo, an oil rig lights up the horizon on the outskirts of Midland, Texas after a late sunset. (Odessa American/Eli Hartman)

Chaos and scrambling in the US oil patch as prices plummet

Apr. 6, 2020 12:07 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — In Montana, a father and son running a small oil business are cutting their salaries in half. In New Mexico, an oil truck driver who supports his family just went a week without pay. And in Alaska, lawmakers have had to dip into the state's savings as oil revenue dries up. The global...

FILE - In this Thursday March 6, 2014, file photo, the sun sets beyond pumpjacks operating at the Inglewood oil fields in the Baldwin Hills area of Los Angeles. California issued new fracking permits Friday, April 3, 2020. It's the first new permits issued since July of last year, when Gov. Gavin Newsom fired the state's top oil and gas regulator after a report showed fracking permits had increased 35 percent since Newsom took office. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel, File)

Clarification: California-Oil Well Moratorium story

Apr. 4, 2020 6:20 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — In a story published April 3, 2020, The Associated Press reported California officials had authorized the first new oil wells in the state since July. The story should have made clear that California officials had authorized the first new oil wells using hydraulic fracturing since...

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy of Calif., President Donald Trump, and Chevron CEO Mike Wirth listen during a meeting with energy sector business leaders in the Cabinet Room of the White House, Friday, April 3, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

White House convenes oil CEOs as bust threatens US boom

Apr. 3, 2020 7:08 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump offered assurances of better times and coronavirus tests to oil CEOs at a White House summit Friday, but no firm proposals for easing the industry's way as the coronavirus pandemic and plunging petroleum prices threaten America's yearslong fracking boom. Executives...

Court: Utilities cannot charge energy-making customers more

Apr. 3, 2020 12:11 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Utilities cannot charge customers who produce some of their own energy more than other customers, the Kansas Supreme Court ruled Friday in a decision that strikes down proposed rates from two companies. The state's highest court found the proposals by Westar and Kansas Gas and Electric...

FILE - In this March 25, 2011, file photo, workers gather near the Unit 2 reactor which is undergoing re-fueling during a tour of the Browns Ferry nuclear plant in Athens, Ala. U.S. nuclear plants will be allowed to keep workers on longer shifts to deal with staffing problems in the coronavirus pandemic. Nuclear Regulatory Commission officials outlined the temporary shift extensions to nuclear power officials on Thursday, April 2, 2020. (AP Photo/Dave Martin, File)

US allowing longer shifts at nuclear plants in pandemic

Apr. 2, 2020 3:56 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. nuclear plants will be allowed to keep workers on longer shifts to deal with staffing problems in the coronavirus pandemic, raising worries among watchdogs and some families living near reactors that employee exhaustion will increase the risks of accidents. The Nuclear Regulatory...

New numbers lead regulators to pause Delmarva rate request

Apr. 1, 2020 5:14 PM EDT

DOVER, Del. (AP) — Delaware utility regulators have refused to open a docket on Delmarva Power's request to raises its electric rates because Delmarva is seeking more money than it initially said it would. The Public Service Commission voted unanimously Wednesday to reject Delmarva's request to open the...

FILE - This Nov. 9, 2009, file photo, shows the coal-fired San Juan Generating Station near Farmington, N.M. An online meeting that was meant to decide the future of the major coal-fired power plant in New Mexico has been derailed by a group of young people who interrupted the proceedings by playing rap music laden with racial epithets and posting derogatory messages. The New Mexico Public Regulation Commission was hosting the virtual meeting Wednesday, April 1, 2020, regarding the planned closure of the San Juan Generating Station. (AP Photo/Susan Montoya Bryan, File)

New Mexico panel OKs abandonment of coal-fired power plant

Apr. 1, 2020 4:32 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico regulators on Wednesday green-lighted an application by the state's largest electric utility to abandon its interest in a major coal-fired power plant as the state works toward emission-free mandates and more renewable energy. The Public Regulation Commission voted...

Wyoming regulators aid oil, gas industry with tax suspension

Apr. 1, 2020 2:30 PM EDT

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming regulators have voted to suspend a tax for six months to help oil and gas companies weather hard times in their industry. Tuesday's vote by the Wyoming Oil and Gas Conservation Commission suspended the conservation tax for the first time in its 60-year history. The 5-cent tax on...

FILE - In this Dec. 3, 2018, file photo, a vehicle rests in front of a home leveled by the Camp Fire in Paradise, Calif. California power regulators are weighing a recommendation to back off plans to fine Pacific Gas and Electric an additional $462 million for igniting a series of Northern California 2018 deadly wildfires rather than risk that the harsher punishment will scuttle the utility's plan to emerge from bankruptcy protection, the state's Public Utilities Commission said in a document made public Monday, March 30, 2020. (AP Photo/Noah Berger, File)

Regulators mull reversing $462M increase in PG&E fire fines

Mar. 31, 2020 7:43 PM EDT

BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) — California power regulators are weighing a recommendation to back off plans to fine Pacific Gas and Electric an additional $462 million over a series of deadly Northern California wildfires rather than risk that the harsher punishment might scuttle the utility's plan to get out of...