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Beer insulting California utility PG&E brews backlash

Nov. 13, 2019 5:13 PM EST

SANTA ROSA, Calif. (AP) — Anger over devastating California wildfires sparked by Pacific Gas & Electric power lines is coming to a head — in a beer. And an outcry is brewing. Steve Doty, owner of Shady Oak brewery in Santa Rosa, announced a new beer called “F--- PG&E,”...

Iran begins pouring concrete for 2nd nuclear power reactor

Nov. 10, 2019 8:39 AM EST

BUSHEHR, Iran (AP) — Iran began pouring concrete Sunday for a second nuclear reactor at its Bushehr power plant, a facility Tehran points to as its reason to break the enrichment limit set by its unraveling 2015 nuclear deal with world powers. While celebrating the start of construction, the politics of...

Appeals court rejects challenge to proposed JCP&L power line

Nov. 1, 2019 3:56 PM EDT

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey appeals court on Friday ruled in favor of Jersey Central Power & Light's plans to build a new power line in Morris County, rejecting arguments by a local school board seeking to stop the plan because the line would pass close to a middle school. The utility company, the...

Water authority, Clark County argue over Nevada pipeline

Nov. 1, 2019 3:41 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Clark County officials have proposed a public lands bill aiming to create new conservation areas and allow for more development, but critics in Nevada and Utah say its language could allow the construction of a proposed water pipeline. Dozens of regional organizations, tribes and...

Thousands still without power in NW Indiana after high winds

Oct. 22, 2019 10:25 AM EDT

MERRILLVILLE, Ind. (AP) — Several thousand homes and businesses remain without power in northwestern Indiana, one day after high winds toppled power lines in the region. Northern Indiana Public Service Co.'s website shows that more than 7,000 of the utility's customers were still in the dark late Tuesday...

Wyoming's economic growth may be slowing down

Oct. 21, 2019 12:36 PM EDT

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — A new report indicates Wyoming's economic growth has started to show subtle signs of slowing. The quarterly report published by the state's Economic Analysis Division shows coal and natural gas production in the state continues to falter even though statewide employment rates have...

Thunderstorms' high winds cut power to 50K in NW Indiana

Oct. 21, 2019 12:30 PM EDT

MUNSTER, Ind. (AP) — High winds produced by thunderstorms have cut power to nearly 50,000 homes and businesses in northwestern Indiana. Northern Indiana Public Service Co.'s website shows that about 49,000 of the utility's customers were out of power just before noon Monday. Most of the outages were in the...

California outages ease after wind, fire danger move south

Oct. 12, 2019 12:13 AM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The lights were back on Friday for most of the nearly 2 million Northern California residents who lost electricity when the state's largest utility switched it off this week in an effort to prevent wildfires. The threat of widespread outages loomed in Southern California after the...

California utility faces gripes over deliberate blackouts

Oct. 10, 2019 11:19 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Even as the winds gusted dangerously as forecast, California's biggest utility faced hostility and second-guessing Thursday for shutting off electricity to millions of people to prevent its equipment from sparking wildfires. Gov. Gavin Newsom criticized Pacific Gas & Electric and...

California power outage: Isn't there an easier way?

Oct. 10, 2019 3:36 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Power to hundreds of thousands of homes and businesses has been cut off, affecting millions of people in California. Pacific Gas and Electric Co. said a forecast of extreme wind and dry weather has created fire danger of an unprecedented scope, prompting it to initiate the largest...