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Stories with subject: Utilities
  • Detroit fund gets $1 million to help people pay water bills 
    Updated: May-25-15 5:41 pm

    DETROIT - A New York investment banking company has donated $1 million to a fund designed to help low-income Detroit residents pay their water bills and avoid shutoffs that drew United Nations attention to the city last fall.

  • We Energies customers enjoy gas bill savings of 24 percent 
    Updated: May-25-15 1:52 pm

    MILWAUKEE - Customers of Wisconsin's largest utility caught a break this past winter.

  • OPPD nearly done with refueling maintenance at nuclear plant 
    Updated: May-23-15 5:04 am

    BLAIR, Nebraska - The Omaha Public Power District is nearly done with the maintenance tasks it planned to complete while the Fort Calhoun nuclear power plant is being refueled.

  • Credit rater to downgrade Mississippi Power on Kemper woes 
    Updated: May-22-15 6:56 pm

    JACKSON, Mississippi - The decision by a group of electrical cooperatives to pull out of planned purchase of 15 percent of a Kemper County power plant is likely to mean a credit downgrade for Mississippi Power Co.

  • Murray Energy expects more than 1,800 coal mine layoffs 
    Updated: May-22-15 6:46 pm

    CHARLESTON, West Virginia - Appalachian coal mining suffered a double blow Friday, as Murray Energy announced plans to lay off more than 1,800 miners, most from West Virginia, and Alpha Natural Resources told another 439 Mountain State miners they could be out of work.

  • Colorado coal mine getting court-ordered environmental study 
    Updated: May-22-15 5:09 pm

    DENVER - Federal regulators are re-doing an environmental review for a Colorado coal mine after a judge threatened to shut it down unless they took a closer look at its indirect environmental impacts, including its contribution to climate change.

  • Wind energy company: Proposed noise rules too restrictive 
    Updated: May-22-15 5:08 pm

    LINCOLN, Nebraska - A company that wants to build a wind farm in Lancaster County said proposed noise rules there are too restrictive and would discourage other projects from being developed in the area.

  • The latest on a possible gas pipeline in the Pinelands 
    Updated: May-22-15 1:50 pm

    UPPER TOWNSHIP, New Jersey - A southern New Jersey natural gas company wants to move forward with a 22-mile-long, 2-foot-wide pipeline from one rural section of the state to another.

  • GOP's NC budget proposal gets lots of Democratic votes 
    Updated: May-22-15 4:36 am

    RALEIGH, North Carolina - House Republicans experienced the first showing of strong bipartisan support for a budget bill since before the Great Recession as the chamber passed a two-year spending plan that benefited from a revenue windfall.

  • Coal, medicine, trains top Tokyo's Asia infrastructure plan 
    Updated: May-22-15 4:15 am

    TOKYO - Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's offer of $110 billion in fresh infrastructure financing for Asia is as much about Japan's agenda for selling its clean coal know-how and other technologies as it is about keeping up with China.

  • NYSEG asking state officials for rate hike 
    Updated: May-22-15 3:05 am

    ALBANY, New York - New York State Electric & Gas Corp. is seeking a rate hike.

  • More NC budget changes made before House gives initial OK 
    Updated: May-22-15 12:50 am

    RALEIGH, North Carolina - A solid bipartisan majority in the House gave initial approval Thursday night to the chamber's state budget proposal for the next two years that was buoyed by additional expected funds from a recovering economy for pay raises, reserves and Medicaid.

  • Regulators deny request to idle California nuclear plant 
    Updated: May-21-15 9:25 pm

    LOS ANGELES - Federal regulators Thursday turned away a request from environmental activists to idle California's Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant to determine if its reactors can withstand strong shaking from nearby earthquake faults.

  • Bill allowing 3 Tesla car stores clears Connecticut House 
    Updated: May-21-15 8:52 pm

    HARTFORD, Connecticut - A bill that would allow car-maker Tesla Motors to sell its electric vehicles directly to Connecticut consumers, but in a limited fashion, passed the state House of Representatives on Thursday.

  • Business leaders throw support behind coal plant proposal 
    Updated: May-21-15 7:49 pm

    ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico - Business leaders on Thursday outlined the economic devastation they say could come if New Mexico regulators fail to approve a plan to shut down part of a decades-old coal-fired power plant to meet a federal mandate.

  • California backs gas plant to fill void from closed nuke 
    Updated: May-21-15 7:04 pm

    LOS ANGELES - Utility regulators Thursday opened the way for development of a natural gas-fired power plant on the coast near San Diego, perhaps one of the last of its kind in California as the state pushes toward a green energy future.

  • CNG begins largest natural gas expansion project in 30 years 
    Updated: May-21-15 6:41 pm

    EAST HAMPTON, Connecticut - Connecticut Natural Gas announced Thursday it has begun construction on a 10-mile natural gas expansion project in East Hampton, the company's largest such project in 30 years.

  • Nevada utility regulators facing big decision on Switch bid 
    Updated: May-21-15 3:46 pm

    CARSON CITY, Nevada - Power industry experts are challenging a Public Utilities Commission of Nevada legal memo issued this month that critiques a Las Vegas tech company for wanting to sever its ties with the main power supplier in the state, NV Energy.

  • WSU researcher says drought could get worse 
    Updated: May-21-15 2:26 pm

    SPOKANE, Washington - The drought conditions in Washington that prompted Gov. Jay Inslee last week to declare an emergency are likely to grow worse because of a strengthening El Nino tropical weather pattern in the Pacific Ocean, a weather researcher for Washington State University said Thursday.

  • Mon Power using aerial saws to trim trees around power lines 
    Updated: May-21-15 7:56 am

    FAIRMONT, West Virginia - Mon Power in West Virginia is using helicopters with giant saws attached to trim trees across the state.

  • Montrose hydroelectric facility gets federal grant 
    Updated: May-20-15 6:31 pm

    MONTROSE, Colorado - A new hydroelectric facility in Montrose is getting nearly a million dollars as part of a federal project to invest in water conservation and reuse projects in the drought-stricken West.

  • California water agency relies on flawed system to track use 
    Updated: May-20-15 6:19 pm

    SAN FRANCISCO - A group of powerful California farmers who are volunteering to use less water amid the crippling drought have for years operated under an antiquated state system that relies on self-reported, error-riddled records to enforce cutbacks.

  • University of Oregon drops riverfront property project 
    Updated: May-20-15 4:31 pm

    EUGENE, Oregon - The foundation that manages the University of Oregon's endowment has stunned civic leaders by pulling out of a project to turn the former operations yard of the local public utility into a mix of riverfront apartments, condos, offices, shops and restaurants.

  • Gravel pits find new life as water storage 
    Updated: May-20-15 3:47 pm

    FORT COLLINS, Colorado - Tranquil ponds lining the Cache la Poudre River around Fort Collins that attract many people for fishing, walking and wildlife watching are not what they appear to be.

  • What do you really get for a $7,000 Tesla home battery? 
    Updated: May-20-15 3:23 pm

    NEW YORK - Elon Musk, the star CEO of the electric car company Tesla Motors and the rocket company SpaceX, staged an elaborate event last month to unveil a new product. Not a sleek new luxury car. Not a rocket that can ferry people to Mars. A home appliance - a battery - that can be mounted on a garage wall and ignored.