Utilities

FILE - This Thursday, Nov. 15, 2018, file aerial photo shows the remains of residences leveled by the wildfire in Paradise, Calif. California's attorney general has told a federal judge it's possible Pacific Gas & Electric Co. could face charges up to murder if investigators find reckless operation of power equipment caused any deadly wildfires in the past two years. The Sacramento Bee reports the brief is purely advisory and any criminal charges would most likely be filed by county district attorneys. (AP Photo/Noah Berger, File)
December 31, 2018 - 5:47 pm
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A California utility's role in igniting wildfires last year could allow a judge to find that it violated terms of its criminal sentence in a 2010 gas pipeline explosion that killed eight people, federal prosecutors said Monday. In a court filing, the U.S. attorney's office in...
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FILE - In this July 27, 2018, file photo, the Dave Johnson coal-fired power plant is silhouetted against the morning sun in Glenrock, Wyo. The Trump administration on Friday targeted an Obama-era regulation credited with helping dramatically reduce toxic mercury pollution from coal-fired power plants, saying the benefits to human health and the environment may not be worth the cost of the regulation. The 2011 Obama administration rule, called the Mercury and Air Toxics Standards, led to what electric utilities say was an $18 billion clean-up of mercury and other toxins from the smokestacks of coal-fired power plants. (AP Photo/J. David Ake, File)
December 28, 2018 - 4:19 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration on Friday targeted an Obama-era regulation credited with helping dramatically reduce toxic mercury pollution from coal-fired power plants, saying the benefits to human health and the environment may not be worth the cost of the regulation. The 2011 Obama...
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In this photo provided by Con Edison, workers walk in a power substation, Friday, Dec. 28, 2018 in the Astoria section of Queens, New York. Thursday night a high-voltage equipment failure at the substation unleashed an otherworldly flash of bright blue light in the night sky over New York City. (Con Edison via AP)
December 28, 2018 - 4:08 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Electric utility Con Edison was working Friday to figure out what caused a high-voltage equipment failure that unleashed an otherworldly flash of bright blue light in the night sky over New York City. The event Thursday caused power outages, briefly grounded flights at LaGuardia...
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Viewed from the Upper West Side of Manhattan, the night sky is alight as a Con Edison facility in the Queens borough of New York experiences a transformer explosion, Thursday, Dec. 27, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)
December 28, 2018 - 2:46 am
NEW YORK (AP) — A transformer explosion at an electrical plant set the skies above New York City ablaze in an eerie, pulsing blue light Thursday night, causing scattered power outages, delaying flights and sparking a social media storm of jokes about an alien invasion. The blast prompted a brief...
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December 22, 2018 - 5:23 am
ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — Russia's nuclear power company says a Soviet-built nuclear reactor has been taken out of operation after 45 years of service. The state-controlled Rosatom corporation said Saturday that Reactor No. 1 at the Leningrad nuclear power plant has been shut down as planned...
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December 21, 2018 - 10:02 pm
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California regulators said Friday they are considering splitting up Pacific Gas & Electric Co. or making other drastic changes amid concerns over the utility's role in recent gas explosions and wildfires. Among the options under consideration by the California Public...
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FILE - This July 11, 2018, file photo, shows the aftermath of a gas explosion in downtown Sun Prairie, Wis. Police in Sun Prairie are planning to announce Thursday, Dec. 20, the results of a criminal investigation into an explosion that leveled a city block and killed a firefighter. (John Hart/Wisconsin State Journal via AP, File)
December 20, 2018 - 5:35 pm
SUN PRAIRIE, Wis. (AP) — Miscommunication and an improperly marked gas main were to blame for an explosion last summer that killed a Wisconsin firefighter, injured 11 other people and leveled a city block, authorities said Thursday in announcing that no one would face charges. The July 10 blast...
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December 19, 2018 - 8:58 am
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland has signed a long-term deal with a U.S. company for supplies of liquefied natural gas as part of an effort to reduce its dependence on Russian energy. Port Arthur LNG, a subsidiary of Sempra Energy, and Poland's state gas company PGNiG jointly announced Wednesday the...
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FILE - In this Sept. 9, 2010, file photo, a massive fire following a pipeline explosion roars through a mostly residential neighborhood in San Bruno, Calif. The California Public Utilities Commission said Friday, Dec. 14, 2018, that an investigation by its staff found Pacific Gas & Electric Co. lacked enough employees to fulfill requests to find and mark natural gas pipelines. A U.S. judge fined the utility $3 million after it was convicted of six felony charges for failing to properly maintain a natural gas pipeline that exploded south of San Francisco in 2010, killing eight people. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)
December 14, 2018 - 6:33 pm
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Regulators on Friday accused one of California's largest utilities of falsifying safety documents for natural gas pipelines for years following its criminal conviction and multimillion-dollar fine for a pipeline explosion that killed eight people near San Francisco. The...
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December 13, 2018 - 10:46 am
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — Ethiopia's controversial Nile River dam will not be completed until 2022, more than four years behind schedule, because of possible defects with the hydro-electrical plant's equipment, an official said Thursday. The dam's construction managers have concerns about the...
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