Energy and utilities regulation

FILE - This Nov. 1, 2019, file photo shows flames from a backfire on a hillside as firefighters battle the Maria Fire in Santa Paula, Calif. California Gov. Gavin Newsom is urging a federal judge to reject Pacific Gas and Electric's blueprint for getting out of bankruptcy and renewing his threat to lead a bid to turn the beleaguered utility into a government-run operation. PG&E is trying to dig out of a financial hole created by more than $50 billion in claims stemming from a series of catastrophic wildfires that have been blamed on the San Francisco company. (AP Photo/Noah Berger, File)
January 29, 2020 - 9:12 pm
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Pacific Gas & Electric attorneys on Wednesday assured a federal judge the utility will emerge from bankruptcy by its June deadline, even as California Gov. Gavin Newsom vowed to follow through on his threat to have the state take over the nation's largest utility. The...
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A man burn joss sticks as he prays at the Wong Tai Sin Temple, Friday, Jan. 24, 2020, in Hong Kong, to celebrate the Lunar New Year which marks the Year of the Rat in the Chinese zodiac. China is expanding its lockdown against the deadly new virus to an unprecedented 36 million people and rushing to build a prefabricated, 1,000-bed hospital for victims as the outbreak cast a pall over Lunar New Year, the country’s biggest and most festive holiday. (AP Photo/Achmad Ibrahim)
January 24, 2020 - 6:01 pm
China’s worst health crisis in years has sparked fear and uncertainty for businesses from North America to Asia that depend on trade in the affected region. Experts say it’s too soon to know how disruptive the crisis will prove. But it’s already having an impact. McDonald’s has shuttered...
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FILE - In this Nov. 9, 2018, file photo, smoke billows around power transmission lines as the Camp Fire burns in Big Bend, Calif. Pacific Gas & Electric Co., the nation's largest electric utility, filed for bankruptcy last year after facing an estimated $50 billion in damages from several Northern California wildfires that were linked to its equipment, including one blaze in 2018 that killed 85 people and destroyed about 19,000 buildings. (AP Photo/Noah Berger, File)
January 23, 2020 - 6:53 pm
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Californians left in the dark by electric companies that shut off their power to prevent wildfires could get paid for things such as lost wages or spoiled food under a bill that advanced Thursday in the Legislature. In the state plagued by catastrophic blazes started by...
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January 19, 2020 - 4:24 pm
HUTCHINSON, Kan. (AP) — A small earthquake was reported in southern Kansas on Sunday. The U.S. Geological Survey said a magnitude 4.5 earthquake struck about 2 miles (3 kilometers) southwest of Hutchinson shortly after 1 p.m. The service had initially reported that it was a magnitude 4.4 earthquake...
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January 18, 2020 - 7:51 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration has granted Chevron a special license to keep drilling oil in Venezuela despite a ban on American companies doing business with President Nicolás Maduro's socialist government. The Treasury Department late Friday renewed until April 22 the license for...
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FILE - This Oct. 30, 2019, file photo, shows the charred remains of the Soda Rock Winery framed by the building's stone facade in the aftermath of the Kincade Fire near Healdsburg, Calif. The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020, to hire two law firms to pursue legal action against Pacific Gas & Electric, the nation's largest utility. The action comes as PG&E is trying to dig out of a financial hole created by a series of catastrophic fires that have been blamed on the utility's outdated electrical system and managerial negligence. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)
January 15, 2020 - 2:26 pm
SONOMA, Calif. (AP) — A county in Northern California wine country is exploring plans to sue a utility over a massive wildfire last fall that caused losses of $725 million when combined with rolling power shutoffs. The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to hire two law firms to pursue...
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FILE - This Dec. 12, 2018, file photo shows traffic on the Hollywood Freeway in Los Angeles. The Trump administration is signaling that it could increase fuel economy standards, possibly compromising on its push to freeze them at 2020 levels. In one of the administration's hardest-fought battles to roll back Obama-era environmental regulations, two federal agencies submitted a final rule on gas mileage and greenhouse gas emissions on Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, File)
January 14, 2020 - 7:54 pm
DETROIT (AP) — The Trump administration is signaling that it could increase fuel economy standards, possibly compromising on its push to freeze them at 2020 levels. In one of the administration's hardest-fought battles to roll back Obama-era environmental regulations, two federal agencies submitted...
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Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed Ali, right, talks with African National Congress (ANC) president and South African President Cyril Ramaphosa at the party's 108th birthday celebrations in Kimberley, South Africa, Saturday, Jan. 11, 2020. (AP Photo)
January 11, 2020 - 8:11 am
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa's frequent power cuts and ailing economy have overshadowed the ruling African National Congress party's 108th anniversary festivities. Far from being a celebratory speech to the party faithful, President Cyril Ramaphosa's address Saturday focused on the serious...
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FILE - In this Monday, Jan. 14, 2019 file photo, Sultan of Oman Qaboos bin Said sits during a meeting with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo at the Beit Al Baraka Royal Palace in Muscat, Oman. State media says Oman's ruler, Sultan Qaboos bin Said, has died, Saturday, Jan. 11, 2020. He was 79. The sultan has ruled Oman since overthrowing his father in a bloodless 1970 coup. (Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/Pool Photo via AP)
January 11, 2020 - 1:04 am
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Oman’s Sultan Qaboos bin Said, the Mideast's longest-ruling monarch who seized power in a 1970 palace coup and pulled his Arabian sultanate into modernity while carefully balancing diplomatic ties between adversaries Iran and the U.S., has died. He was 79. The...
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FILE - In this Oct. 31, 2019, file photo, smoke from a wildfire known as the Maria Fire billows above Santa Paula, Calif. California's preemptive power shutoffs to prevent wildfires have affected more than just lights. Some lost their phones, too. (AP Photo/Noah Berger, File)
January 08, 2020 - 7:37 pm
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — When the nation's largest electric utility preemptively shut off power last fall to prevent wildfires in California, customers lost more than just their lights — some lost their phones, too. Data from the Federal Communications Commission shows 874 cellphone towers were...
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