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PG&E's $13.5B deal with fire victims removes huge obstacles

Dec. 9, 2019 8:30 PM EST

Associated Press (AP) — Pacific Gas and Electric will be able to avoid two legal obstacles that could have tripped up its efforts to bounce back from bankruptcy if California Gov. Gavin Newsom and a federal judge approve a $13.5 billion settlement with victims of catastrophic fires blamed on the utility's...

New Mexico utility regulators weigh costs of coal phase-out

Dec. 9, 2019 8:02 PM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Miners, environmentalists and utility customers weighed in Monday about the future of a major coal-fired power plant in New Mexico and a disputed financial plan to shutter the facility to make way for cleaner sources of electricity. Hearings this week at the Public Regulation...

PG&E's stock surges 16% on tentative wildfire settlement

Dec. 9, 2019 5:20 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — PG&E's stock surged Monday after the utility reached a tentative $13.5 billion settlement resolving all major claims related to the Northern California wildfires of 2017 and 2018. The fires were blamed on Pacific Gas and Electric's outdated equipment and negligence. The utility...

California utility says customer data may have been stolen

Dec. 9, 2019 4:36 PM EST

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (AP) — A California water utility says customer information may have been exposed through unauthorized access to a computer server used to process payments. The San Bernardino Sun reported a vendor for the Cucamonga Valley Water District found that a server handling credit card...

California utility says customer data may have been stolen

Dec. 9, 2019 4:20 PM EST

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (AP) — A California water utility says customer information may have been exposed through unauthorized access to a computer server used to process payments. The San Bernardino Sun reported a vendor for the Cucamonga Valley Water District found that a server handling credit card...

Protester repeatedly stop train carrying coal to power plant

Dec. 9, 2019 12:26 PM EST

Hooksett, N.H. (AP) — Climate activists tried to block carrying coal to Merrimack Power Plant in Bow, New Hampshire in three separate cities over the weekend. Protesters from climate activist organizations Groups from the Climate Disobedience Center and 350 New Hampshire temporarily stopped the train at...

Illinois power company hires goats to clear out brush

Dec. 8, 2019 4:36 PM EST

HILLVIEW, Ill. (AP) — An Illinois power company turned to a herd of goats to clear a steep, rocky plot of land so crews could reach electric lines. The 50 goats spent about about two weeks this fall chewing dense honeysuckle bushes and troublesome poison ivy down to the nub for Ameren Illinois. The utility...

Electricity provider planning more Indiana solar farms

Dec. 8, 2019 2:04 PM EST

PERU, Ind. (AP) — A company that provides electricity to dozens of Indiana communities has been working to add at least 17 solar farms to its system, officials said. The Indiana Municipal Power Agency said it now has 21 solar farms generating electricity around the state and is building more at it aims to...

State lifts boil-water advisory in California city of Poway

Dec. 8, 2019 11:30 AM EST

POWAY, Calif. (AP) — The Southern California city of Poway has lifted a week-long boil-water advisory after tests determined the water is safe to drink. Residents and businesses reported discolored tap water starting Nov. 30 after a storm drain backed up into a water treatment facility’s reservoir...

Indiana board backs electricity cost shift from industries

Dec. 7, 2019 9:45 AM EST

MERRILLVILLE, Ind. (AP) — Consumer and environmental groups are arguing that Indiana utility regulators are unfairly shifting electricity costs from some large industrial customers to homeowners and small businesses. Their objections come after the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission approved a proposal...