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California approves power outages to prevent more wildfires

May. 31, 2019 1:52 AM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California regulators on Thursday approved allowing utilities to cut off electricity to possibly hundreds of thousands of customers to avoid catastrophic wildfires like the one sparked by power lines last year that killed 85 people and largely destroyed the city of Paradise....

Fire officials determine PG&E equipment sparked deadly fire

May. 16, 2019 7:42 AM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — As California fire investigators officially concluded that the deadliest U.S. wildfire in a century was caused by Pacific Gas & Electric Corp. power lines, lawmakers expressed deep skepticism about whether the utility had made the dramatic changes needed to prevent another...

Officials: PG&E equipment sparked deadly California wildfire

May. 15, 2019 8:44 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Pacific Gas & Electric Corp. power lines sparked a Northern California blaze that killed 85 people last year, making it the deadliest U.S. wildfire in a century, state fire officials said Wednesday. Cal Fire said transmission lines owned and operated by the San Francisco-based...

Missouri House backs landowners fighting wind energy line

Apr. 18, 2019 5:03 PM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Missouri House passed legislation Thursday that could effectively block one of the nation's largest wind energy projects by prohibiting its developers from using eminent domain to run a high-voltage power line across the Midwest. The House vote targets a $2.3 billion project...

New Mexico panel surprises Facebook with $39M utility bill

Apr. 18, 2019 4:54 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A powerful New Mexico regulatory authority is requiring the state's largest utility to bill Facebook $39 million for a new transmission line construction for its data center — a move the social media giant says it was not expecting. The Public Regulation Commission's on...