Regulatory

Consumer-owned utility supporters aim for 2023 ballot

Supporters of Our Power in Maine aim to reach their signature goal for the 2023 ballot.

Audit shows FirstEnergy didn't track spending of customer charges

An audit found that FirstEnergy did not track how customer money was spent.

Alabama Public Service Commission candidate arrested for domestic violence

An Alabama mayor and candidate for the utility-regulating Public Service Commission was arrested for domestic violence.

Maine utility proposes settlement with regulator on solar

Central Maine Power proposed a settlement with a state regulator to reduce delays on solar projects.

Referendum on public power may not make 2022 ballot

A referendum to change Maine’s primary utility company into a quasi-public agency may be pushed to appear on the 2023 ballot.

Federal judges block certification of utility regulation candidates

Certification was blocked for two seats on Montana's utility regulating board due to a lawsuit.

Biden to hold wind power auction off NY, New Jersey coast

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — The Biden administration said Wednesday it will hold its first offshore wind auction next month, offering nearly 500,000 acres off the coast of New York and New Jersey for wind energy projects that could produce enough electricity to power nearly 2 million homes. Interior Secre..

New Mexico Supreme Court upholds deal on coal-fired power plant

Provisions are being upheld for an environmental law that will provide financial arrangements for a utility to abandon coal-fired plant investments.

White House assists with winter heating bills

The U.S. government is distributing an additional $4.5 billion in funds heating costs to help low-income Americans.

Idaho Power cuts coal by 2028 in plan to state regulators

Idaho Power submitted a 20-year energy plan that includes cutting coal by 2028.

PG&E to blame for California wildfire

PG&E is blamed for the Dixie Fire, the second-largest wildfire in California history.

New Mexico's largest utility files appeal over rejected merger

PNM Resources files an appeal for a proposed merger that was rejected by regulators.

Challenge filed to permit for Mountain Valley Pipeline

Opponents of the Mountain Valley Pipeline filed a legal challenge to a West Virginia water permit for the natural gas project.

Tennessee Valley Authority lacks support for proposed solar cooperative

The Tennessee Valley authority fights against a proposed solar cooperative saying it's illegal while supporters believe TVA is trying to maintain a monopoly.

Family Sues Oil Company Over Fatal Louisiana Tank Explosion

A family sues an oil company over the death of a girl caused by a storage tank explosion.

New Mexico utility appeals decision on coal power plant

State regulators reject the proposal for Public Service Co. of New Mexico to transfer its shares in a coal-fired plant to a Navajo energy company.

Biden Administration Moves to Expand Solar Power on US Land

The U.S. government approves two large-scale solar projects as part of the efforts to counter climate change.

New Mexico Regulators Deny Utility’s Exit from Coal Plant

New Mexico regulators have denied a request by Public Service Co. of New Mexico to divest itself from one of the Southwest’s few remaining coal-fired power plants by transferring its shares to a Navajo energy company.

Utility Faces $550M in Penalties for 5 Wildfires

A settlement has been reached for Southern California Edison to pay for wildfires that were caused by the utility's equipment.

Maine Lawyer Nominated as Public Advocate in Utility Cases

A lawyer in Maine was nominated to serve as the state's public advocate for utility cases.

Texas PUC Adopts New Rules for Energy Emergencies

The Texas Public Utility Commission (PUC) approved new rules to cap electricity rates and work more closely with natural gas regulators to improve management of energy emergencies such as last winter's February freeze.

In Shadow of Texas Gas Drilling Sites, Health Fears Escalate

Arlington locals are concerned over a Total Energies gas drilling request that would be feet away from a daycare center.

Recent Study Shows Electric Utilities Increasingly Off Track Against Climate Targets

A recent study shows that many electric utilities are behind on climate goals.

South Carolina Electric Bills Likely to Increase Over Fuel Costs

Electric bills in South Carolina will likely increase next year over rising fuel costs.

Indiana’s Top Electric Provider Seeks Rate Increase Approval

Duke Energy Indiana is seeking approval from state regulators to raise rates to make upgrades to the electric grid.

Utility Commission Criticizes Hedge Fund Influence on Evergy

The Kansas utility commission requires Evergy to justify its proposed $10.4 billion spending on its electrical service and report quality of service measures quarterly.

Santa Ana Winds to Increase Southern California Fire Danger

Many Southern California utility customers face the possibility of having their electricity shut off to prevent wildfires as Santa Ana winds develop.

California Governor Names Energy Adviser as State’s Top Utility Regulator

Governor Newsom chooses Alice Reynolds to lead the California Public Utilities Commission.

Consumers Energy to Add Clean Energy from 3 Solar Projects

Consumers Energy plans to add three solar projects to power nearly 190,000 homes in Michigan.

DEP Hears Testimony on Permit Suspension of Power Corridor

A permit for a $1 billion electricity transmission project is facing its final public hearing before a referendum vote.