Energy and utilities regulation

FILE - This Jan. 14, 2019, file photo shows Pacific Gas & Electric vehicles parked at the PG&E Oakland Service Center in Oakland, Calif. A decision was announced Friday, May 1, 2020, that Pacific Gas & Electric Corp. will sweep out three quarters of its board of directors to start with a mostly clean slate when it emerges from a bankruptcy case triggered by deadly wildfires ignited in Northern California by the utility's neglected electrical grid. (AP Photo/Ben Margot, File)
May 21, 2020 - 2:09 pm
BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) — California power regulators unexpectedly delayed a key vote on Pacific Gas & Electric's plan for getting out of bankruptcy Thursday after one of the utility's most outspoken critics sent an improper email attacking the company's proposal to pay wildfire victims...
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This photo shows a view of a dam on Wixom Lake in Edenville, Mich., Tuesday, May 19, 2020. People living along two mid-Michigan lakes and parts of a river have been evacuated following several days of heavy rain that produced flooding and put pressure on dams in the area. (Kaytie Boomer/The Bay City Times via AP)
May 20, 2020 - 6:50 pm
TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — A hydroelectric dam that failed to hold back floodwaters this week in Michigan was the target of lengthy investigations by federal regulators, who revoked the facility's license over safety violations two years before the flooding that forced 10,000 people to evacuate...
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May 11, 2020 - 7:26 pm
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The Trump administration on Monday moved to block a Washington state law that imposed safety restrictions on oil shipments by rail following a string of explosive accidents. The Department of Transportation determined federal law preempts the Washington rules adopted last...
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FILE - In this Nov. 26, 2018, file photo, a Pacific Gas & Electric lineman works to repair a power line in fire-ravaged Paradise, Calif. California regulators will consider suspending a $200 million fine against Pacific Gas & Electric for neglecting electrical equipment that killed more than 100 people. If PG&E is granted the waiver to help it emerge from bankruptcy, it will deprive California of desperately needed money as a pandemic-driven recession depletes state revenue from sales and income taxes. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)
May 07, 2020 - 3:58 pm
BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) — California regulators on Thursday suspended a $200 million fine that Pacific Gas & Electric was supposed to pay as punishment for the utility's neglect of electrical equipment that ignited a series of deadly wildfires in Northern California. The waiver approved in a...
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This Sunday, April 26, 2020, photo shows gas prices displayed at a gas station in Hattiesburg, Miss. With a barrel of crude oil costing less than a New York pizza, many U.S. shale producers are being pushed to the brink of bankruptcy and experts are wondering when, and if, the oil industry will recover. The price of benchmark U.S. crude oil closed at $12.34 a barrel Tuesday, April 28. At the start of the year, the price was around $60. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)
April 29, 2020 - 9:18 am
NEW YORK (AP) — With a barrel of crude oil costing less than a New York pizza, many U.S. shale producers are being pushed to the brink of bankruptcy and experts are wondering when, and if, the oil industry will recover. The price of benchmark U.S. crude oil closed at $12.34 a barrel Tuesday. At the...
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FILE - In this Feb. 18, 2020, file photo, a Pacific Gas & Electric truck is parked in San Francisco. California regulators are being advised to approve PG&E's plan for getting out of bankruptcy with new controls designed to prevent a recurrence of the utility's past bad behavior that has resulted in deadly wildfires, infuriating blackouts and high electricity rates. If approved, a proposed decision issued Monday, April 20, 2020, by Administrative Law Judge Peter Allen will enable PG&E to clear another key hurdle in its frantic race to end one of the most complex bankruptcy cases in U.S. history by June 30. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)
April 20, 2020 - 7:33 pm
BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) — California regulators are being advised to approve Pacific Gas & Electric's plan to emerge from bankruptcy with new controls designed to prevent a recurrence of the utility's past bad behavior that has resulted in deadly wildfires, infuriating blackouts and high...
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In this Thursday, April 2, 2020 photo, an oil rig lights up the horizon on the outskirts of Midland, Texas after a late sunset. (Odessa American/Eli Hartman)
April 05, 2020 - 11:06 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — In Montana, a father and son running a small oil business are cutting their salaries in half. In New Mexico, an oil truck driver who supports his family just went a week without pay. And in Alaska, lawmakers have had to dip into the state's savings as oil revenue dries up. The...
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The American flag flies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, March 17, 2020. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
March 17, 2020 - 3:24 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — As Congress works on a rescue package to help shore up a U.S. economy hard hit by the coronavirus pandemic, a wide swath of business, from the solar power industry to casinos and hotels, along with doctors, nurses and educators are urging lawmakers to give them a share of the pie...
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A man wearing a mask talks to a solider checking vehicles entering Caracas, Venezuela, Monday, March 16, 2020. President Nicolás Maduro ordered Sunday residents in the capital of Caracas and six states to stay home under a quarantine in a bid to control the spread of the coronavirus According to the World Health Organization, most people recover in about two to six weeks from the virus, depending on the severity of the illness. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)
March 16, 2020 - 8:20 pm
SAN CRISTOBAL, Venezuela (AP) — Nicolás Maduro’s government on Monday banned gasoline sales in two states as part of a broader lock-down to stem panic buying by Venezuelans accustomed to hoarding basic goods whenever there’s a hint of turmoil. But his orders, which explicitly prohibit lines outside...
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March 13, 2020 - 9:27 pm
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) — The owner of an oil pipeline that spewed thousands of barrels of crude oil onto Southern California beaches in 2015 will pay $60 million to to settle allegations that it violated safety laws, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced Friday. Texas-based Plains...
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