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Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer delivers a brief update on the dam breach and flooding throughout mid-Michigan counties at Meridian Elementary School in Sanford on Wednesday, May 27, 2020. (Kaytie Boomer/The Bay City Times via AP)

Governor orders probe of failed dams that caused flooding

May. 27, 2020 6:56 PM EDT

West Bloomfield, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Wednesday demanded an investigation to determine what caused two dams in central Michigan to fail, leading to devastating floods in several communities and forcing about 11,000 people to evacuate their homes. Whitmer ordered the Michigan Department of...

Indians wearing face masks as prevention against the coronavirus walk past a roadside bookshop in Bengaluru, India, Tuesday, May 26, 2020. For a seventh consecutive day India reported a record single-day jump in new virus cases. India has been easing its lockdown, with domestic flights resuming Monday at a fraction of normal. (AP Photo/Aijaz Rahi)

The Latest: India surpasses 150,000 virus cases

May. 27, 2020 2:16 AM EDT

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. TOP OF THE HOUR: — India surpasses 150,000 coronavirus cases with another...

Company floats new proposal for hydropower on tribal land

May. 26, 2020 8:32 PM EDT

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — A Phoenix-based company that was eyeing the Little Colorado River for power generation is floating a new proposal that would rely on groundwater rather than surface water to make electricity. Pumped Hydro Storage LLC recently applied for a preliminary permit for a project adjacent...

Alaska LNG Project receives federal regulatory approval

May. 22, 2020 9:48 AM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission issued a decision authorizing construction of the Alaska LNG Project, concluding an environmental impact statement process of more than three years. The commission announced Thursday it approved the state's plans for the estimated $43...

This photo shows a view of a dam on Wixom Lake in Edenville, Mich., Tuesday, May 19, 2020. People living along two mid-Michigan lakes and parts of a river have been evacuated following several days of heavy rain that produced flooding and put pressure on dams in the area. (Kaytie Boomer/The Bay City Times via AP)

Michigan dam had repeated safety violations before flooding

May. 20, 2020 11:44 PM EDT

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — A hydroelectric dam that failed to hold back floodwaters this week in Michigan was the target of lengthy investigations by federal regulators, who revoked the facility's license over safety violations two years before the flooding that forced 10,000 people to evacuate their...

Vectren seeking to pay customers less for excess solar power

May. 16, 2020 10:46 AM EDT

EVANSVILLE, Ind. (AP) — A utility that serves about 145,000 customers in southwestern Indiana is seeking approval to significantly reduce financial credits given to people who send excess solar-generated electricity into the power grid. Vectren filed a proposal with the Indiana Utility Regulatory...

Enstar, Hilcorp deal may bring $53.6M in Alaska gas savings

May. 15, 2020 9:19 AM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The latest contract between Enstar Natural Gas Co. and Hilcorp Alaska LLC could result in $53.6 million in savings for Alaska natural gas customers. Contract terms filed with the Regulatory Commission of Alaska indicate Enstar customers should save about 7% in gas costs from June 1...

Alaska bill integrating electric utilities signed into law

May. 13, 2020 9:19 AM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Gov. Mike Dunleavy has signed legislation that will align electric utilities in Alaska's most populated regions. The measure directs six electric utilities to establish a new organization to plan and manage integrated operations, The Alaska Journal of Commerce reported Tuesday....

Indiana utilities want to recover revenue due to pandemic

May. 12, 2020 6:01 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana’s gas and electric companies are asking state regulators to allow them to recover lost revenue from customers due to the pandemic, but critics argue that it would burden struggling consumers even more. Ten companies, including Indianapolis Power & Light Co. and Duke...

Bill would end zoning power in areas outside Shreveport

May. 10, 2020 6:33 PM EDT

SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) — Some residents of unincorporated areas in northwest Louisiana's largest parish want out from under city zoning rules. KTBS-TV reports a legislative committee on Thursday voted to repeal some zoning powers of the Shreveport/Caddo Parish Metropolitan Planning Commission. Residents have...