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FILE - In this Oct. 31, 2019, file photo, smoke from the Maria Fire billows above Santa Paula, Calif. A federal judge has approved a settlement that moves Pacific Gas & Electric closer to getting out of bankruptcy. The company cleared its latest hurdle Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2020, when U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Dennis Montali signed off on a deal to refinance billions of dollars in debt to pay off PG&E bondholders who threatened to cause problems. (AP Photo/Noah Berger, File)

Victims: PG&E still has rickety power line near Paradise

Feb. 6, 2020 6:57 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Pacific Gas & Electric is still operating a rickety power line near the one that ignited a 2018 wildfire that wiped out the Northern California city of Paradise and killed 85 people, according to an expert inspection conducted as part of a legal claim. In an inspection just two...

Icy weather causes power problems in eastern North Dakota

Jan. 31, 2020 6:15 PM EST

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — Icy weather caused problems Friday with electrical transmission lines in parts of eastern North Dakota. According to KFGO Radio, Cass County Electric Co-op said customers in the Valley City and Fort Ransom areas were reporting outages due to ice and frost build-up on power lines. Some...

Wind farm projects lining up in hills around Montana town

Jan. 20, 2020 11:22 AM EST

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — In the hills around Rapelje, where jackrabbits far outnumber people, there’s a renewable energy powerhouse in the making. Wind farms, four of them in various stages of development, promise to deliver up to 480 megawatts of capacity just as planned coal power plant retirements...

Utility company proposes upgrades to ease grid constraints

Dec. 30, 2019 11:48 AM EST

LOWELL, Vt. (AP) — A Vermont utility company wants to invest $15.5 million to upgrade transmission lines and build a new substation to help reduce the strain on the power grid. Green Mountain Power has applied for a certificate of public good to reduce congestion on the Sheffield-Highgate Export...

Seacoast power line project nears completion

Dec. 28, 2019 10:12 AM EST

PORTSMOUTH, N.H. (AP) — Construction is nearly complete on an electric transmission line project along New Hampshire's seacoast, though a dispute related to the project is still pending in court. The remaining power line construction for Eversource's Seacoast Reliability Project will finish up in Durham,...