Latest Utilities News

The Latest: Storms lead to 3 deaths in eastern Oklahoma

Oct. 21, 2019 2:44 PM EDT

DALLAS (AP) — The Latest on severe weather that struck portions of the central and southern U.S. (all times local): 1:30 p.m. Authorities say severe thunderstorms are responsible for the deaths of three people in eastern Oklahoma. Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation spokeswoman Brooke Arbeitman says two...

Tornado slams Dallas; tree falls on Arkansas home, killing 1

Oct. 21, 2019 2:05 PM EDT

DALLAS (AP) — A tornado tore homes and businesses apart in a densely populated area of Dallas, where only minor injuries were reported, but a person was killed by a falling tree in northwest Arkansas as a late-night series of storms caused chaos in several states. Radar confirmed the tornado struck near...

New Mexico utility touts energy efficiency, job creation

Oct. 21, 2019 12:28 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Executives with New Mexico's largest electric utility are touting energy efficiency, pointing to a recent report from a clean energy group that shows more than a quarter of energy sector jobs in the state are related to improving efficiency. Statistics compiled by the energy...

70,000 California wildfire victims may miss out on payments

Oct. 19, 2019 12:47 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — As many as 100,000 Californians are eligible to receive payments for the damages they suffered from a series of devastating wildfires over the last several years. But tens of thousands of them have not sought compensation. They face a Monday deadline to file claims against Pacific Gas...

Tippah cooperative could be next in Mississippi for internet

Oct. 19, 2019 10:05 AM EDT

RIPLEY, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi electric cooperatives continue to move toward offering internet. Tippah Electric Power Association board members voted this month to create a broadband internet subsidiary. The cooperative's 13,500 members in Tippah, Benton, Union, Prentiss and Alcorn counties are now...

Minnesota slated to expand electric vehicle charging network

Oct. 19, 2019 1:06 AM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota will spend nearly $1.7 million from its share of the Volkswagen emissions-cheating settlement to expand electric vehicle charging options over the next two years along the state's major highways. The 22 added charging locations will collectively form a "minimum viable...

NC city unveils license plate honoring power linemen

Oct. 19, 2019 12:06 AM EDT

NEW BERN, N.C. (AP) — New Bern became the first city in North Carolina to unveil a new license plate honoring the state's utility workers Wednesday (Oct. 9) morning during a gathering at City Hall. A bill creating the new plate was signed by Governor Roy Cooper in early September, the same week that...

The Latest: Wind farm vows to be good neighbor; 55 arrested

Oct. 18, 2019 9:52 PM EDT

KAHUKU, Hawaii (AP) — The Latest on arrests of protesters of a Hawaii wind farm project (all times local): 3:30 p.m. The energy company that wants to build a wind farm on Oahu's North Shore says they respect people's right to oppose the project. Honolulu Police Chief Susan Ballard says 55 people were...

California regulator slams PG&E over electricity shut-off

Oct. 18, 2019 9:26 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — California's top regulator excoriated top executives of the state's largest utility even as Pacific Gas & Electric repeatedly said they know they failed to meet public expectations when the company cut the power to more than 2 million people last week. Marybel Batjer, president of...

The Latest: California names director for wildfire safety

Oct. 18, 2019 7:53 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Latest on a massive power shut-off last week in Northern California (all times local): 4:45 p.m. California Gov. Gavin Newsom has named the first director of a new Wildfire Safety Division. Newsom said Friday that Caroline Thomas Jacobs will head the new division under the state's...