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Stories with subject: Utilities
  • Japan town near damaged nuclear plant lifts evacuation order 
    Updated: Sep-04-15 11:13 pm

    NARAHA, Japan - The Japanese town of Naraha on Saturday lifted a 2011 evacuation order that sent all its 7,400 residents away after the nearby Fukushima nuclear plant was crippled by a tsunami and spread contamination.

  • Harley riders rumble into Milwaukee for rally, bike show story has photos
    Updated: Sep-04-15 8:07 pm

    MILWAUKEE - Gearheads converged on the Harley-Davidson Museum on Friday to show off, talk shop and get started on a weekend motorcycle rally and custom bike show.

  • Indiana man faces April trial in killing at power plant 
    Updated: Sep-04-15 9:05 am

    BOONVILLE, Indiana - A man who was one of five people charged in connection with the slaying of a man at a southwestern Indiana power plant is scheduled to stand trial next spring.

  • Officials dedicate new wind farm in south-central Oklahoma 
    Updated: Sep-04-15 9:05 am

    HENNEPIN, Oklahoma - Officials have dedicated a new $250 million wind farm in south-central Oklahoma that is providing electricity to an Arkansas utility.

  • Officials plan to take state park in Vermont off the grid 
    Updated: Sep-04-15 7:14 am

    DORSET, Vermont - The Vermont Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation and Green Mountain Power are planning to take the Emerald Lake State Park in Dorset off the grid.

  • Plan for backup water supply underway in Huntington 
    Updated: Sep-04-15 3:23 am

    HUNTINGTON, West Virginia - West Virginia American Water says it has initiated a contingency plan for a temporary backup water supply to its Huntington water treatment plant in response to increasing algae blooms on the Ohio River.

  • SMEPA will buy power from second Lamar County solar site 
    Updated: Sep-03-15 7:00 pm

    HATTIESBURG, Mississippi - Origis Energy will build an additional 52 megawatts of solar energy capacity in Sumrall, selling the electricity produced there to South Mississippi Electric Power Association.

  • Judge accepts charges against ex-head of nuclear power firm 
    Updated: Sep-03-15 6:08 pm

    SAO PAULO - A federal judge Thursday accepted the charges filed by prosecutors against the former head of Eletronuclear, the state-owned company that operates Brazil's two nuclear power plants, for his suspected role in a bribery scandal.

  • Governor urges nuke plant owners to address federal concerns 
    Updated: Sep-03-15 4:54 pm

    BOSTON - One day after federal regulators said they were stepping up oversight of Massachusetts' only nuclear power plant, Gov. Charlie Baker called on owners of the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station to take "corrective actions" considering its series of unplanned shutdowns over recent years.

  • Residents of Hill Country town upset about wind farm plan 
    Updated: Sep-03-15 4:29 pm

    MASON, Texas - They first started appearing in West Texas, where the wind howls through oil rigs. Then it was the Panhandle, and small towns along I-20, like Sweetwater, where cattle farms have given way to giant, white spinning blades.

  • Dominion to no longer bill for some charitable donations 
    Updated: Sep-03-15 2:40 pm

    RICHMOND, Virginia - Dominion Resources Inc. will no longer add the cost of some charitable donations to customers' electric bills.

  • Correction: Switching Power story 
    Updated: Sep-03-15 10:38 am

    SOUTH SIOUX CITY, Nebraska - In a story Sept. 2 about South Sioux City switching electricity utilities, The Associated Press erroneously reported that Nebraska Public Power District spokesman Mark Becker said the city's rate would have increased by 0.6 percent annually under the terms of a new wholesale contract with the utility. That increase only would have pertained to 2016, not future years of the contract.

  • Utility hits pause button on solar plans in eastern Vermont 
    Updated: Sep-03-15 10:35 am

    WINDSOR, Vermont - Green Mountain Power is delaying a solar project that's drawn opposition from Vermonters concerned over its potential environmental effects.

  • State regulators accused of 'chummy' relations with utility 
    Updated: Sep-02-15 10:22 pm

    ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico - Members of a powerful New Mexico regulatory body are too "chummy" with utility executives and should not be allowed to make decisions about the fate of a coal-fired power plant that serves customers around the Southwest, according to the latest pleadings of an environmental group.

  • State orders California firm to stop tapping Sierra springs 
    Updated: Sep-02-15 6:19 pm

    FRESNO, California - Armed with evidence captured by surveillance cameras, California regulators have ordered a business to stop tapping Sierra Nevada spring water that is later bottled and sold in stores, officials said Wednesday.

  • Christie challenges Obama's greenhouse gas emissions rules 
    Updated: Sep-02-15 6:13 pm

    TRENTON, New Jersey - The plan by President Barack Obama to cut greenhouse gas emissions from power plants is flawed and New Jersey is asking the Environmental Protection Agency not to implement it, Gov. Chris Christie said Wednesday.

  • NRC board agrees to hold hearing on decommissioning fund 
    Updated: Sep-02-15 4:06 am

    MONTPELIER, Vermont - A licensing board connected to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission has agreed with Vermont that a hearing is needed over the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant's use of money from its decommissioning fund for management of radioactive waste at the plant site.

  • Kemper power plant overruns climb another $25 million 
    Updated: Sep-01-15 8:22 pm

    JACKSON, Mississippi - Mississippi Power Co. said Tuesday it will spend at least another $25 million to finish the power plant it's building in Kemper County, pushing total costs to nearly $6.3 billion.

  • Group says IRS ruling could promote community solar projects 
    Updated: Sep-01-15 6:50 pm

    MONTPELIER, Vermont - A Vermont man who bought 10 solar panels as part of a jointly owned solar power project is poised to get 30 percent of his cost added to his income tax refund after the Internal Revenue Service ruled he could take the same tax credit used by some of the people who put solar panels on their roofs.

  • Chemical mix at Ohio water treatment facility hospitalizes 4 
    Updated: Sep-01-15 2:20 pm

    NORTH CANTON, Ohio - At a northeast Ohio water treatment plant, chlorine was inadvertently mixed with fluoride in a container making it dangerous to breathe the air and sending four people to hospitals, fire officials say.

  • Egypt gas find sparks panic in Israel about Israeli reserves 
    Updated: Sep-01-15 1:44 pm

    JERUSALEM - Egypt's new natural gas bonanza is causing an uproar in Israel, with energy stocks plummeting and recriminations over indecisiveness and infighting that have delayed production from the country's own gas fields.

  • Court revives dispute over energy leasing's climate impacts 
    Updated: Sep-01-15 12:22 pm

    BILLINGS, Montana - A federal appeals court ruling has revived a bid by environmentalists to block drilling for oil and gas on public lands in Montana until the government looks more closely at climate change impacts.

  • Utilities, state seek to keep solar amendment off ballot 
    Updated: Sep-01-15 10:52 am

    TALLAHASSEE, Florida - Lawyers representing power companies and the attorney general want the Florida Supreme Court to keep a proposed constitutional amendment on solar energy off next year's ballot.

  • Vermont Gas proposes 3 percent rate decrease 
    Updated: Sep-01-15 3:29 am

    SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vermont - Vermont Gas Systems has proposed a 3 percent rate decrease that would lower costs for the company's customers.

  • NextEra defends plans, commits to Hawaii energy goals 
    Updated: Aug-31-15 11:31 pm

    HONOLULU - Florida-based company NextEra Energy is defending its plans to acquire Hawaiian Electric, saying that it is committed to Hawaii's renewable energy goals.