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California outages ease after wind, fire danger move south

Oct. 12, 2019 12:13 AM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The lights were back on Friday for most of the nearly 2 million Northern California residents who lost electricity when the state's largest utility switched it off this week in an effort to prevent wildfires. The threat of widespread outages loomed in Southern California after the...

California utility faces gripes over deliberate blackouts

Oct. 10, 2019 11:19 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Even as the winds gusted dangerously as forecast, California's biggest utility faced hostility and second-guessing Thursday for shutting off electricity to millions of people to prevent its equipment from sparking wildfires. Gov. Gavin Newsom criticized Pacific Gas & Electric and...

California power outage: Isn't there an easier way?

Oct. 10, 2019 3:36 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Power to hundreds of thousands of homes and businesses has been cut off, affecting millions of people in California. Pacific Gas and Electric Co. said a forecast of extreme wind and dry weather has created fire danger of an unprecedented scope, prompting it to initiate the largest...

Proposals would dam Little Colorado River for hydropower

Oct. 8, 2019 6:24 PM EDT

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — The Little Colorado River cuts across the northeast corner of Arizona, emptying its waters into the much-larger Colorado River after a more than 330-mile journey. Few people wander in the remote region where it crosses the Navajo Nation, aside from river rafters traveling through...

Renewable energy firm doubles down on western wind projects

Oct. 7, 2019 1:08 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A California-based renewable energy developer plans to increase by seven-fold its investments as it prepares to build more wind farms in New Mexico over the next several years. A recent analysis commissioned by Pattern Development shows a $1.2 billion economic impact from its wind...

PG&E cuts power over wildfire risk in Northern California

Oct. 6, 2019 3:17 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Pacific Gas and Electric says it has cut power to about 10,300 customers in Northern California because of potential fire danger. Electricity was shut off about 10 p.m. Saturday in parts of Butte, Plumas and Yuba counties amid dry, windy conditions. The utility says the outages could...

The Latest: PG&E to shut off power in 3 California counties

Oct. 6, 2019 12:39 AM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Latest on Pacific Gas and Electric shutting off power in parts of three California counties (all times local): 6:35 p.m. Pacific Gas and Electric says it has decided to cut power to about 10,300 customers in parts of Northern California because of potential fire danger. Power will...

Man electrocuted at construction site in Hialeah

Oct. 3, 2019 1:31 PM EDT

HIALEAH, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say a man was electrocuted at a construction site in South Florida. Hialeah Fire Rescue District Chief David Rodriguez says the victim was unresponsive when crews arrived at the site just after noon on Thursday. He says the man was pronounced dead at the scene after...

Wisconsin commission backs power line despite protests

Sep. 27, 2019 5:49 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin utility regulators have authorized the construction of a $500 million power line, despite claims that they ignored complaints, concerns and alternative solutions. The Public Service Commission approved the plan Thursday, rejecting the accusations of two conservation groups,...

Power line repairs to delay Sterling Highway traffic

Sep. 26, 2019 11:53 AM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Power line repairs will delay drivers Thursday on the Sterling Highway. Alaska State Troopers say significant delays will occur between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Troopers say Homer Electric Association will drop high voltage lines that cross the highway between Miles 58 and 62. The...