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EXPLAINER: Can Biden add energy jobs? Hope mixes with doubt

Apr. 07, 2021 12:16 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Good-paying jobs — many of them. That′s the seductive idea around which President Joe Biden is proposing a vast transformation of the energy sector, with the promise of making it far more energy-efficient and environmentally friendly. As Biden...

California's Pacific Gas & Electric charged in 2019 wildfire

Apr. 06, 2021 19:07 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A California prosecutor filed 33 criminal charges Tuesday accusing troubled Pacific Gas & Electric of inadvertently injuring six firefighters and endangering public health with smoke and ash in a 2019 fire blamed on its equipment. The...

Lawyers clash over $1B hydropower transmission corridor

Mar. 30, 2021 12:30 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Attorneys for conservation organizations and an electric utility clashed Tuesday before a federal appeals court over the adequacy of environmental reviews of a key portion of a power transmission project in western Maine. An attorney for three conservation...

Scrutinized Ohio utility hires ethics and compliance officer

Mar. 22, 2021 17:24 PM EDT

CLEVELAND (AP) — One of the nation's largest electric utility holding companies under investigation by multiple federal agencies announced Monday that it had hired a new ethics and compliance officer. Akron-based FirstEnergy said in a news release that Antonio Fernandez...

Ruling triggers review of 1-mile lease for power corridor

Mar. 18, 2021 19:20 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A judge's ruling will trigger a review of the state's leases of a small section of land that's part of a proposed 145-mile (233-kilometer) power line aimed at bringing Canadian hydropower to the New England grid. Justice Michaela Murphy ruled...

Narragansett Electric sold to PPL for $5.3B

Mar. 18, 2021 16:02 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The Narragansett Electric Company, which serves electric and natural gas customers in Rhode Island, has been sold to Pennsylvania-based PPL Corp. for $5.3 billion, Narragansett’s parent company, National Grid, announced Thursday. Narragansett...

Editorial Roundup: Missouri

Mar. 09, 2021 10:06 AM EST

Kansas City Star. March 4, 2021. Editorial: Everyone knows Lamar Johnson is innocent. Why won’t Missouri give him a new trial? Lamar Johnson has been in a Missouri prison for 26 years for a murder that the evidence, the real killers, and the...

Missouri House opposes eminent domain for wind-energy line

Feb. 23, 2021 17:31 PM EST

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Missouri's GOP-led state House on Tuesday moved to ban the use of eminent domain for a large wind-energy power line planned to span from Kansas to Indiana. Lawmakers in a voice vote approved legislation that would prevent the use of private land...

Threshold met for referendum on $1B utility corridor project

Feb. 22, 2021 14:15 PM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine election officials on Monday certified that opponents of a $1 billion electricity transmission corridor have enough valid signatures to move forward with a referendum. More than 80,000 signatures were certified, exceeding the threshold of...

Southern cities hit hard by storms face new crisis: No water

Feb. 19, 2021 19:50 PM EST

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Southern cities slammed by winter storms that left millions without power for days have traded one crisis for another: Busted water pipes ruptured by record-low temperatures created shortages of clean drinking water, shut down the Memphis airport on Friday and left...