- Utility company asks Montana to raise electricity rates Updated: Jul-07-15 6:12 pm
BILLINGS, Montana - A utility company is proposing a 21 percent electricity rate increase for residents and businesses in dozens of eastern Montana communities, and state regulators said Tuesday they'll carefully review the case to make sure customers don't get gouged.
- As renewable energy debate heated up, firms doubled lobbying Updated: Jul-07-15 5:40 pm
BOSTON - As Massachusetts has increased its reliance on solar, wind and other sources of renewable power over the past decade, companies specializing in alternative energy have begun flexing their political muscles on Beacon Hill.
- EPA chief: Climate plan on track despite mercury ruling Updated: Jul-07-15 2:33 pm
WASHINGTON - A Supreme Court ruling that undermined a federal rule targeting mercury pollution will not affect the Obama administration's plan to limit greenhouse gas emissions to slow the effects of global warming, the head of the Environmental Protection Agency said Tuesday.
- Pair escape house explosion; gas, fire crews investigating Updated: Jul-07-15 1:45 pm
NORTH BRADDOCK, Pennsylvania - A man and his wife managed to escape an explosion that badly damaged their Pittsburgh-area home and knocked it off its foundation on Tuesday, but fire crews and utility workers couldn't immediately determine a cause.
- Reactor in Japan being loaded with nuke fuel before restart Updated: Jul-07-15 9:18 am
TOKYO - A Japanese utility on Tuesday began loading fuel into a nuclear reactor where operations are scheduled to resume next month in the country's first restart under safety requirements set following the Fukushima disaster.
- Bellevue continues upgrading riverfront park Updated: Jul-06-15 1:43 pm
BELLEVUE, Nebraska - Over the past decade, Bellevue's riverfront has been converted from an industrial area to a prominent park.
- Natural gas-powered unit goes online at Ky. power plant Updated: Jul-06-15 1:29 pm
LOUISVILLE, Kentucky - Kentucky's largest electric power utility says a new natural gas-powered generating unit that has gone online is the first of its kind in the state.
- Snake River hydroelectric project moving forward Updated: Jul-06-15 12:05 pm
IDAHO FALLS, Idaho - Two eastern Idaho canal companies are moving forward with plans to build powerhouses on adjacent sides of the Snake River.
- Anacortes makes water available to Skagit farmers Updated: Jul-06-15 10:07 am
ANACORTES, Washington - The city of Anacortes is making water available to seed farmers in the Skagit Valley who ran low on water because of this year's drought.
- 2 utilities seek change in W.Va. rate calculation policy Updated: Jul-06-15 9:41 am
CHARLESTON, West Virginia - Two utilities are seeking a change in the way state regulators determine the rates that customers should pay.
- Legislature exempts utilities regulators from info rules Updated: Jul-06-15 8:14 am
HARTFORD, Connecticut - Communications between members of the Public Utilities Regulatory Authority between scheduled meetings are off-limits to the public in legislation approved by the General Assembly.
- Cargo ship arriving Monday in New Bedford Updated: Jul-05-15 11:49 am
NEW BEDFORD, Massachusetts - The first heavy freighter to offload cargo at the New Bedford Marine Commerce Terminal is arriving this week.
- On gas, nuclear, hydro, Vermont ducks energy problems Updated: Jul-05-15 11:17 am
MONTPELIER, Vermont - When Vermont became the first state to ban hydraulic fracturing for natural gas in 2012, Gov. Peter Shumlin said the ban was "in keeping with our environmental ethic and our protection of our natural resources."
- California water rates rise as cities lose money in drought Updated: Jul-05-15 11:16 am
ROSEVILLE, California - Saving water doesn't always mean saving money in parched California.
- Northwest Montana reaches 'severe drought' status Updated: Jul-04-15 4:52 pm
KALISPELL, Montana - Northwest Montana has reached "severe drought" status in the U.S. Drought Monitor.
- Utility drones could inspect equipment, scan for outages Updated: Jul-04-15 4:23 pm
LITHONIA, Georgia - When tornadoes and hurricanes topple power lines in the future, flying drones might be the first to pinpoint the damage.
- Regulators pass higher electricity rates for most residents Updated: Jul-03-15 6:10 pm
SAN FRANCISCO - Most California residential customers will see their electricity bills increase under a new rate structure passed Friday that raises rates on more efficient users while giving a break to big energy users.
- Board to review Atlantic City Electric's storm response Updated: Jul-03-15 11:08 am
TRENTON, New Jersey - New Jersey's Board of Public Utilities is reviewing Atlantic City Electric's response to a recent power failure that affected about 280,000 people.
- Radioactivity detected in 2 places at Czech nuclear plant Updated: Jul-03-15 11:08 am
PRAGUE - An official says low radioactivity has been unexpectedly detected in two places outside one of the two reactors at a Czech nuclear power plant.
- NY environmental groups pushing solar installations Updated: Jul-03-15 3:07 am
ALBANY, New York - Environmental groups along the Southern Tier and Hudson Valley say they are launching campaigns this month to help homeowners and small businesses add solar energy installations using financial incentives.
- Gimmicks and technology: California learns to save water Updated: Jul-02-15 8:01 pm
RANCHO SANTA MARGARITA, California - Billboards and TV commercials, living room visits, guess-your-water-use booths, and awards for water stinginess - a wealthy swath of Orange County that once had one of the worst records for water conservation in drought-stricken California is turning things around, proving it's possible to get people to change their ways.
- North Dakota safe drinking water violations jump in 2014 Updated: Jul-02-15 3:15 pm
BISMARCK, North Dakota - The number of major violations recorded in the North Dakota's public water systems increased almost 20 percent last year and has nearly quadrupled since 2008 with the rise in new systems serving the state's growing population, the state Health Department says.
- Foundations for first US offshore wind farm head for RI Updated: Jul-02-15 11:43 am
PROVIDENCE, Rhode Island - Five massive structures that will be attached to the ocean floor for the nation's first offshore wind farm are coming to Rhode Island.
- Ameren utility looks to build eastern Missouri solar plant Updated: Jul-02-15 10:52 am
MONTGOMERY CITY, Missouri - Ameren Missouri has asked regulators for permission to build a solar plant along a half-mile Interstate 70 stretch in eastern Missouri's Montgomery County.
- Germany phasing out some worst-polluting coal plants by 2020 Updated: Jul-02-15 8:25 am
BERLIN - The German government is scrapping plans for a levy on the most-polluting coal-fired power stations and will instead phase some of the plants out.