Latest Utilities News

The Latest: Japan welcomes Xi as sign of improving ties

Jun. 27, 2019 6:08 AM EDT

OSAKA, Japan (AP) — The Latest on the meeting of leaders of the Group of 20 major economies (all times local): 7:05 p.m. Japan is welcoming Chinese President Xi Jinping to the G-20 summit as a sign of improving ties. Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told reporters Thursday that Japan-China relations...

Michigan officials: Testing will uncover more lead in water

Jun. 26, 2019 5:26 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan officials on Wednesday began raising public awareness of tougher sampling rules they expect to result in more drinking water systems exceeding limits for lead, a byproduct of new regulations enacted after Flint's crisis. Samples now have to be taken not only from the first...

Kenya court stops building of coal plant in heritage site

Jun. 26, 2019 12:13 PM EDT

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — A Kenyan environmental tribunal Wednesday blocked the construction of a government-backed coal power plant in Lamu County, which hosts a UNESCO world heritage site. Environmental rights activists celebrated the decision inside and outside the court. Environmental groups had challenged...

When electric scooters crash, who pays the bills?

Jun. 26, 2019 10:23 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — We've all seen reports about head injuries, traffic accidents and even deaths that electric scooter riders have suffered as the popular new mobility option has pushed onto the streets in more than 100 cities worldwide. Despite the dangers, riders are exposing themselves to liability and are...

Foes say they'll ask voters to block money for nuke plants

Jun. 26, 2019 7:38 AM EDT

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — The fight over giving a financial lifeline to Ohio's two nuclear plants by tacking a new fee onto every Ohioans' electricity bill might not end even if state lawmakers agree on a solution this week. That's because a group led by investors in natural gas plants is promising an attempt to...

PG&E's lenders offer billions, new name to rebrand utility

Jun. 25, 2019 5:46 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Pacific Gas & Electric's key lenders on Tuesday offered a $30 billion plan to pull the utility out of bankruptcy and give the tarnished company a new name. The proposal filed in U.S. Bankruptcy Court would set aside up to $18 billion of that $30 billion to pay claims on the...

University of Iowa team wins $115M 'space weather' grant

Jun. 24, 2019 8:15 AM EDT

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — A University of Iowa team has won a $115 million grant to develop satellites for studying a system of radiation created by the sun — "space weather." The NASA grant will underwrite development of satellites expected to be launched within the next three years with more...

Arizona fire highlights challenges for energy storage

Jun. 23, 2019 12:14 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona's largest electric company installed massive batteries near neighborhoods with a large number of solar panels, hoping to capture some of the energy from the afternoon sun to use after dark. Arizona Public Service has been an early adopter of battery storage technology seen as...

New Jersey picks Danish firm Orsted for wind energy project

Jun. 21, 2019 7:34 PM EDT

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey has chosen a Danish company to build a wind energy project off the coast of Atlantic City that could power half a million homes. The state Board of Public Utilities on Friday chose Orsted to build a project that would generate 1,100 megawatts of electricity. The...

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...