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California residents urged to conserve power amid heat wave

Jun. 18, 2021 13:49 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — California residents were asked to voluntarily conserve power again on Friday as the heat wave that is baking the U.S. West strained the state's energy grid and raised the possibility of rotating outages. As temperatures spiked on Thursday, Gov....

Tens of thousands in dark after blackout hits USVI

Jun. 18, 2021 13:49 PM EDT

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — The U.S. Virgin Islands' power company on Friday reported a complete blackout in St. John and St. Thomas, which is the U.S. territory's most populated island. Officials said the outage occurred late Thursday when a key power plant lost all...

Power outage hits 337K in Puerto Rico amid growing outrage

Jun. 17, 2021 03:03 AM EDT

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — A sudden power failure left more than 337,000 customers in the dark across Puerto Rico late Wednesday, enraging many who were recovering from a massive outage that hit the U.S. territory just days ago. Luma Energy, a private company that...

Californians may be asked to conserve power amid heat wave

Jun. 15, 2021 20:32 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California residents may be asked to reduce electricity use this week to avert rolling blackouts amid a heat wave that threatens to strain the state's power grid. The California Independent System Operator, the nonprofit that runs the grid,...

Montana governor declares disaster following thunderstorms

Jun. 15, 2021 17:29 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Gov. Greg Gianforte issued a disaster declaration Tuesday in five eastern Montana counties after a series of severe thunderstorms late last week led to extended power outages. The declaration allows the state to request federal disaster relief. ...

Texas power grid manager issues weeklong conservation alert

Jun. 14, 2021 21:39 PM EDT

DALLAS (AP) — On the cusp of summer, the electric power grid manager for most of Texas on Monday issued its second conservation alert since the deadly February blackout, calling on users to dial back energy consumption through Friday to avert an emergency. The Electric...

FBI joins investigation into minivan explosion near LA

Jun. 14, 2021 18:50 PM EDT

MONTCLAIR, Calif. (AP) — The FBI has joined the investigation into a minivan explosion that caused a brief power outage in a Southern California neighborhood early Monday, authorities said. Police said no injuries were reported in the blast that tore the roof off the...

Storms leave thousands in the dark in Louisiana, Mississippi

Jun. 14, 2021 09:27 AM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Thousands of people in Louisiana and Mississippi remained without power a day after storms rolled through the region. More than 21,000 customers in Louisiana were without power early Monday, according to PowerOutage.us, which tracks outages...

Utilities appeal penalties over tropical storm response

Jun. 11, 2021 17:27 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut's two largest electricity distributors have appealed millions of dollars in profit reductions imposed by the state for what regulators called the companies' failures in preparing for and responding to Tropical Storm Isaias, which caused hundreds of...

Puerto Rico probes fire that left 900K clients without power

Jun. 11, 2021 15:31 PM EDT

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Authorities said Friday they are investigating what sparked a fire at a key substation that plunged 900,000 customers into darkness across Puerto Rico, with thousands still without power. Wayne Stensby, CEO of Luma Energy, which took over...