Latest Utilities News

Court lifts US coal sales moratorium in a setback for Dems and environmentalists

Feb. 21, 2024 19:36 PM EST

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A U.S. appeals court on Wednesday struck down a moratorium on coal leasing from federal lands in a move that could open the door to future coal sales from vast, publicly owned reserves of the fuel that's a major source of climate-changing greenhouse gases. ...

Editorial Roundup: Illinois

Feb. 20, 2024 11:44 AM EST

Chicago Sun-Times. February 17, 2024. Editorial: Illinois utility customers shouldn’t have to pay excessive add-on fees to their bills A study by the Citizens Utility Board reports customers are paying tens of millions for such things as utility memberships in trade...

Editorial Roundup: Ohio

Feb. 19, 2024 15:27 PM EST

Toledo Blade. February 17, 2024. Editorial: Gov.’s integrity suspect Since winning his first election as Clark County prosecutor in 1976 Gov. Mike DeWine has held Ohio political office nearly continuously. But he still has a lot to learn according to...

Public utilities regulator joins race for North Dakota's single U.S. House seat

Feb. 15, 2024 16:14 PM EST

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A longtime public utilities regulator announced her candidacy on Thursday for North Dakota's lone U.S. House seat. Republican Julie Fedorchak has sat on the state's three-member Public Service Commission since 2013. She has won three statewide elections, most...

Second new Georgia reactor begins splitting atoms in key step to making electricity

Feb. 14, 2024 10:52 AM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — A nuclear power plant in Georgia has begun splitting atoms in the second of its two new reactors, Georgia Power said Wednesday, a key step toward providing carbon-free electricity. The unit of Atlanta-based Southern Co. said operators reached self-sustaining nuclear...

Two fired utility execs and a former top Ohio regulator plead not guilty in bribery scheme

Feb. 13, 2024 16:20 PM EST

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Two fired executives of FirstEnergy Corp. and a former top state utilities regulator pleaded not guilty Tuesday to state charges related to a $60 million bribery scheme that centered on securing a legislative bailout for two Ohio nuclear power plants with the help of a...

Biden administration expands program to help rural towns plagued by sewage problems

Feb. 13, 2024 15:20 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration announced Tuesday that it is expanding a program to help rural communities with serious sewage problems get technical help to plan improvements and apply for funding. Eleven communities in the South and Southwest were chosen in 2022 for a...

Fortis: Q4 Earnings Snapshot

Feb. 09, 2024 06:32 AM EST

ST. JOHN`S, Newfoundland (AP) — ST. JOHN`S, Newfoundland (AP) — Fortis Inc. (FTS) on Friday reported fourth-quarter net income of $279.9 million. On a per-share basis, the St. john`S, Newfoundland-based company said it had profit of 58 cents. Earnings, adjusted for non-recurring...

Vibrations in cooling system mean new Georgia nuclear reactor will again be delayed

Feb. 01, 2024 20:22 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia Power Co. said Thursday that vibrations found in a cooling system of its second new nuclear reactor will delay when the unit begins generating power. Plant Vogtle's Unit 4 now will not start commercial operation until sometime in the second quarter of 2024,...

Duke Energy seeks new ways to meet the Carolinas' surging electric demand

Feb. 01, 2024 16:03 PM EST

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Duke Energy Corp. subsidiaries for North Carolina and South Carolina have offered to regulators an adjusted electricity production proposal that the utilities say responds to surging demand projections while still reaching for future greenhouse gas reduction targets. ...