Latest Utilities News

Berea unveils hydroelectric generating plant on Ky. River

Sep. 22, 2021 04:02 AM EDT

BEREA, Ky. (AP) — Berea College has completed work on a hydroelectric plant that will supply renewable power generated from the Kentucky River. The college in eastern Kentucky near the Daniel Boone National Forest said the small-scale plant can generate 2.64 megawatts,...

China, US unveil separate big steps to fight climate change

Sep. 21, 2021 20:21 PM EDT

The two biggest economies and largest carbon polluters in the world announced separate financial attacks on climate change Tuesday. Chinese President Xi Jinping said his country will no longer fund coal-fired power plants abroad, surprising the world on climate for the...

After Ida outages, utility proposals include city takeover

Sep. 21, 2021 18:08 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Amid calls for investigations following major power losses during Hurricane Ida, the power company subsidiary that provides electric service to New Orleans said Tuesday it's ready to discuss having the city assume control of the municipal power system. ...

California water agencies resolve Colorado River dispute

Sep. 20, 2021 19:27 PM EDT

Two major California water agencies have settled a lawsuit that once threatened to derail a multi-state agreement to protect a river that serves millions of people in the U.S. West amid gripping drought. The Imperial Irrigation District, the largest single recipient of...

Lawsuit: Ida outages due to 'gum and super glue' at utility

Sep. 20, 2021 17:41 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A lawsuit alleges that Louisiana's largest electric utility used a “bubble gum and super glue” approach to maintenance and construction that left customers sweltering in the dark without adequate sewage treatment after Hurricane Ida. The suit was...

Lebanon's Cabinet wins confidence vote after power cut delay

Sep. 20, 2021 14:12 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon’s new Cabinet won a vote of confidence from Parliament on Monday during a session that was delayed for almost an hour because of a power outage and broken generator at the venue. The electricity outage underscored the multiple crises roiling the...

Things to watch at the UN General Assembly meeting this week

Sep. 19, 2021 18:59 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Things to watch beyond the main speeches from leaders at this week's high-level meeting of the U.N. General Assembly in New York: — A MEETING at U.N. headquarters on Wednesday to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the U.N. conference on racism...

Crews work to restore power after weekend storms

Sep. 19, 2021 12:33 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — Utility crews worked Sunday to restore power to thousands of customers in northwest Washington state after weekend storms downed trees and left large areas with no electricity. Puget Sound Energy said it hoped to restore power in several counties in the...

Customer refunds part of ICC deal with power supplier

Sep. 19, 2021 09:15 AM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois Commerce Commission has reached a settlement with Star Energy Partners LLC over its investigation into the alternative electric retail supplier's practices. The ICC announced that the settlement includes $300,000 in refunds,...

The Nature Conservancy buys 13.5K acres in Hancock County

Sep. 19, 2021 08:45 AM EDT

BANGOR, Maine (AP) — The Nature Conservancy has acquired approximately 13,500 acres of forested land north of Tunk Mountain in Hancock County. The land, which will continue to be open for birding, hunting and fishing, abuts an existing preserve to the north of Tunk...