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Heavy rain leaves scores dead in Nepal, India, Bangladesh

Jul. 14, 2019 10:49 AM EDT

KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Flooding and landslides triggered by heavy rainfall have killed at least 50 people in Nepal in the past few days, with more deaths reported across the border in India and Bangladesh, officials said Sunday. At least 30 other people were missing in Nepal, either swept away by swollen...

Report: PG&E ignored repairs on aging power lines

Jul. 10, 2019 11:21 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Pacific Gas & Electric, which is blamed for some of California's deadliest recent fires, knew for years that dozens of its aging power lines posed a wildfire threat but avoided replacing or repairing them, it was reported Wednesday. The Wall Street Journal, using company documents...

Argentina: Faulty reprogramming caused 3-nation blackout

Jul. 3, 2019 5:13 PM EDT

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Argentina's energy secretary says improper reprogramming of the electricity system following installation of a bypass on a major transmission line caused the power outage that left tens of millions of people in three nations without power. Gustavo Lopetegui told a...

California governor proposes safety steps for utilities

Jun. 21, 2019 7:20 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom is willing to throw a financial lifeline to the state's major utilities dealing with the results of disastrous wildfires -- but only if they agree to concessions including tying executive compensation to safety performance. A proposal unveiled Friday...

Another tornado confirmed in western Pennsylvania

Jun. 19, 2019 1:28 PM EDT

COMMODORE, Pa. (AP) — Weather officials have confirmed that another tornado touched down in western Pennsylvania over the weekend. The National Weather Service office in Pittsburgh said Wednesday that an EF-1 tornado with estimated maximum winds of 105 mph had been confirmed Sunday night east of Commodore...

Venezuela's massive blackout sparks boom in generator sales

Jun. 13, 2019 12:02 AM EDT

MARACAIBO, Venezuela (AP) — Wilfido Briñez considers himself lucky to live with the roar of electric generators outside his front door in Maracaibo, Venezuela's second largest city and ground zero for the nation's rolling blackouts. While many of his neighbors sit in the dark waiting for the lights to...

Drone at work: Utility using machines to build power lines

Jun. 12, 2019 6:44 PM EDT

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — A Minnesota utility that that paved the way by using drones to inspect transmission lines is now using them to build one. A machine owned and operated by North Dakota-based SkySkopes installed wires Wednesday on six power poles that are part of a 5-mile (8.05-kilometer) Xcel Energy line...

Hawaii agency returns utility's geothermal well applications

Jun. 11, 2019 10:06 AM EDT

HILO, Hawaii (AP) — Hawaii state officials have returned applications for two new geothermal wells so the utility that submitted the applications can make revisions, a report said. The state Department of Land and Natural Resources has commented on the applications submitted by Puna Geothermal Venture in...

Missouri OKs Invenergy's acquisition of wind power project

Jun. 5, 2019 6:12 PM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri utility regulators have approved the acquisition of a large wind energy project by a Chicago firm. The decision Wednesday by the state Public Service Commission was a necessary step for Invenergy to buy the rights to construct the proposed Grain Belt Express power line....

Hawaii utility company applies for geothermal well permits

Jun. 4, 2019 9:31 AM EDT

HILO, Hawaii (AP) — Applications for two new geothermal wells at the site of a power plant that was put out of operation by the Kilauea eruption are under review, officials said. The state Department of Land and Natural Resources is considering the applications submitted by Puna Geothermal Venture, The...