California regulator criticizes utility over power outages

U.S. 10/14/19, 18:33

California's top utility regulator blasted Pacific Gas and Electric on Monday for what she called "failures in execution" during the largest planned power outage in state history to avoid wildfires that she said, "created an unacceptable situation that should never be repeated." The agency ordered a series of corrective actions, including ...

California approves wide power outages to prevent wildfires

U.S. 05/30/19, 19:30

California regulators on Thursday approved allowing utilities to cut off electricity to possibly hundreds of thousands of customers to avoid catastrophic wildfires like the one sparked by power lines last year that killed 85 people and largely destroyed the city of Paradise.Utilities' liability can reach billions of dollars, and after ...

Head of California Public Utilities Commission to retire

U.S. 05/30/19, 18:05

The head of the California Public Utilities Commission announced Thursday that he will retire after almost five years on a job dominated by oversight of devastating wildfires.Michael Picker said at a commission meeting in San Francisco that he won't leave his job as president of the state's utility regulator until ...

California leaders won’t change utilities’ liability for now

U.S. 05/29/19, 21:15

A California commission set up to study wildfire issues recommended Wednesday that the state change a liability standard imperiling major utilities, but Democratic leaders immediately said they won't tackle the hot-button topic for now.Gov. Gavin Newsom and the Legislature's two leaders said they will push for other changes outlined in ...

California water utilities seek relief from fire lawsuits

U.S. 05/29/19, 17:55

Facing more wildfires and the lawsuits that come with them, a group of public and private California water systems are campaigning to convince lawmakers to shield them from having to pay damages caused by fires they did not start but failed to help put out.While wildfire lawsuits have typically targeted ...

Report highlights utility failures in biggest US gas leak

Business 05/17/19, 16:26

A blowout at a Los Angeles natural gas well in 2015 that led to the largest-known release of methane in U.S. history was the result of a corroded pipe casing and safety failures by a utility, according to an investigation report released Friday.Southern California Gas Co. failed to investigate previous ...

Officials: PG&E equipment sparked deadly California wildfire

U.S. 05/15/19, 17:47

California fire officials said Wednesday that Pacific Gas & Electric Corp. power lines sparked a Northern California blaze that killed 85 people, making it the deadliest U.S. wildfire in a century.Cal Fire said transmission lines owned and operated by the San Francisco-based utility started the Nov. 8 fire in the ...

Update: CEO expected wildfire would be blamed on PG&E

U.S. 05/15/19, 17:37

The Latest on a wildfire that killed 85 people in Paradise, California (all times local):3:50 p.m.Pacific Gas & Electric Co.'s chief executive told California lawmakers that he expected the utility would be blamed, but he was still disappointed that the company he heads caused the state's most destructive wildfire last ...

Workers rally at Capitol amid debate over nuclear power bill

U.S. 05/01/19, 15:50

Hundreds of nuclear power plant workers rallied at Pennsylvania's Capitol amid hearings on legislation to charge ratepayers more to subsidize nuclear power.Workers from Pennsylvania's five plants repeated warnings Wednesday that their jobs and future are endangered amid a flood of low-cost natural gas into competitive electricity markets.Pennsylvania is the No. ...

New Mexico utility says it will be emissions-free by 2040

Enviroment 04/22/19, 19:48

New Mexico's largest electric provider set a goal Monday aimed at going emissions-free as early as 2040, winning praise from the state's top Democratic leaders and environmental groups that have been pushing for years to end the state's reliance on fossil fuels for electricity generation.Public Service Co. of New Mexico ...

California utility seeks higher rates for wildfire safety

U.S. 04/22/19, 19:15

California utility Pacific Gas & Electric Corp. is asking state regulators for another increase in rates and profits, saying it's needed for wildfire safety and to attract investment as the utility goes through bankruptcy.The Sacramento Bee reports Monday that the request and a previous one could result in average PG&E ...

NJ regulators approve $300M in nuclear plant subsidies

Business 04/18/19, 14:16

New Jersey regulators voted Thursday to approve $300 million in customer-funded subsidies for the state's nuclear industry despite finding that the plants are financially viable.The decision means that utility customers in the state will see their bills go up by about $40 a year under some estimates. Large businesses have ...

Sleek new SUVs dominate reveals at New York auto show

New York 04/17/19, 12:10

Auto shows may be waning in importance as companies find other ways to introduce new products, but the New York International Auto Show still has a healthy list of new vehicle debuts.In keeping with the dramatic shift from cars to sport utilities, most of the new models are SUVs.Here are ...

California regulators question PG&E’s vow to improve safety

U.S. 04/15/19, 19:42

California regulators expressed skepticism Monday that Pacific Gas & Electric Corp.'s new leaders have enough professional experience to instill the deep corporate culture of safety they say the company has lacked.The utility has been blamed for more than a dozen of California's most destructive wildfires in the past two years.The ...

Update: Governor wants wildfire solutions in 90 days

U.S. 04/12/19, 14:26

The Latest on California Gov. Gavin Newsom's wildfire report (all times local):12:30 p.m.California Gov. Gavin Newsom says he wants the Legislature to pass new wildfire legislation within 90 days.Newsom made the challenge Friday as he presented a list of ideas to help California's utilities afloat while keeping power costs low.His ...

Governor to release report on wildfires, utility bankruptcy

U.S. 04/12/19, 00:34

A report Gov. Gavin Newsom's administration will release Friday aims to address a host of problems related to wildfires, including how to maintain a safe, affordable electricity supply for California in the wake of Pacific Gas & Electric Corp.'s bankruptcy and the growing cost of wildfires.Newsom announced a "strike team" ...

California eyes risk pool as it struggles with costly fires

U.S. 04/03/19, 17:02

Officials were struggling Wednesday to find ways for homeowners to afford insurance in fire-prone areas of California and for utilities to survive liability from devastating wildfires that threaten to worsen with climate change.One option on the table is the creation of a new state catastrophe fund backed by tens of ...

New Mexico governor signs landmark clean energy bill

Enviroment 03/22/19, 19:59

Making good on a campaign promise, New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham on Friday signed landmark legislation that will mandate more solar panels and wind turbines as the state sets ambitious new renewable energy goals.The Democratic governor, environmentalists and others gathered at the state capitol for a signing ceremony.The measure ...

2 bills could help Texas landowners near transmission towers

U.S. 03/16/19, 12:19

Two proposed bills could give Texas landowners more options should electric transmission towers be put up on or near their property.Republican Sen. Larry Taylor has introduced a bill that would require utilities to notify nearby homeowners and hold public hearings before making transmission upgrades, the Houston Chronicle reported . Republican ...

Fight over nuclear plants arrives at Pennsylvania Capitol

U.S. 03/10/19, 23:09

Legislation designed to pump hundreds of millions of ratepayer dollars into Three Mile Island and Pennsylvania's other nuclear power plants is being introduced Monday and could usher in heated debate over whether the plants deserve what critics call a bailout.The debate in Pennsylvania's Capitol will run up against a June ...

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