Energy and utilities regulation

FILE - In this Oct. 10, 2019, file photo, Pacific Gas & Electric employees work in the PG&E Emergency Operations Center in San Francisco. Experts say it’s hard to know what might have happened had the power stayed on, or if the utility’s proactive shutoffs are to thank for California’s mild fire season this year. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)
October 14, 2019 - 11:48 pm
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Millions of Californians spent part of the week in the dark in an unprecedented effort by the state's large electrical utilities to prevent another devastating wildfire. It was the fifth time Pacific Gas & Electric Co. has preemptively cut the power but by far the largest...
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FILE - In this July 23, 2019, file photo, Marybel Batjer, of the California Public Utilities Commission, speaks during a news conference as Gov. Gavin Newsom looks on in Sacramento, Calif. California's utility regulator is issuing a series of sanctions against Pacific Gas and Electric for what it calls "failures in execution" during the largest planned power shut-off in state history to avoid wildfires. Batjer said Monday, Oct. 14, 2019, the utility needs to have a goal of restoring power within 12 hours instead of its current 48 hours, minimize the scale of future outages and better communicate with the public and local officials. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)
October 14, 2019 - 11:46 pm
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — California's top utility regulator blasted Pacific Gas and Electric on Monday for what she called "failures in execution" during the largest planned power outage in state history to avoid wildfires that she said, "created an unacceptable situation that should never be repeated...
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FILE - This Jan. 16, 2015, file photo shows pumpjacks operating at the Kern River Oil Field in Bakersfield, Calif. California Gov. Gavin Newsom on Saturday, Oct. 12, 2019, signed a law intended to counter Trump administration plans to increase oil and gas production on protected public land. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)
October 12, 2019 - 6:12 pm
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom on Saturday signed a law intended to counter Trump administration plans to increase oil and gas production on protected public land. The measure bars any California leasing authority from allowing pipelines or other oil and gas infrastructure...
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October 08, 2019 - 3:40 pm
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — The Little Colorado River cuts across the northeast corner of Arizona, emptying its waters into the much-larger Colorado River after a more than 330-mile journey. Few people wander in the remote region where it crosses the Navajo Nation, aside from river rafters traveling...
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FILE - In this Sept. 9, 2010, file photo, a massive fire roars through a neighborhood in San Bruno, Calif. U.S. transportation officials have finalized long-delayed measures meant to prevent pipeline spills and deadly gas explosions but don't address recommended steps to lessen accidents once they occur. They had been in the works for almost a decade following a massive gas explosion in San Bruno. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma, File)
October 01, 2019 - 7:35 pm
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — U.S. transportation officials on Tuesday adopted long-delayed measures that are meant to prevent pipeline spills and deadly gas explosions but don't address recommended steps to lessen accidents once they occur. The new rules from the Department of Transportation apply to...
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Protestors shield behind umbrellas as they prepare to face off with police in Hong Kong, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2019. Riot police fired tear gas Sunday after a large crowd of protesters at a Hong Kong shopping district ignored warnings to disperse in a second straight day of clashes, sparking fears of more violence ahead of China's National Day. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)
September 29, 2019 - 6:32 am
HONG KONG (AP) — The Latest on protests in Hong Kong (all times local): 6:30 p.m. Thousands of people have marched in Taiwan in support of Hong Kong's pro-democracy protests. Spurred by anti-China cries from loudspeakers, demonstrators took to the streets of Taipei, the capital, on Sunday despite...
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President Donald Trump meets with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy at the InterContinental Barclay New York hotel during the United Nations General Assembly, Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
September 27, 2019 - 1:33 pm
MOSCOW (AP) — Ukraine's top anti-corruption official said Friday his agency hasn't investigated former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden or his son as U.S. President Donald Trump has suggested. Trump's call on Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy to investigate his political rival Biden and his son...
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Student protesters run from tear gas fired by police officers during a protest in Jakarta, Indonesia, Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2019. Riot police shot multiple rounds of tear gas at thousands of stone-throwing students who attempted to reach Parliament in Jakarta on Wednesday to protest a new law that critics say cripples the country's anti-corruption agency.(AP Photo/Achmad Ibrahim)
September 25, 2019 - 8:55 am
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesian riot police shot multiple rounds of tear gas at thousands of stone-throwing students who attempted to reach Parliament in Jakarta on Wednesday to protest a new law that critics say cripples the country's anti-corruption agency. Police said more than 300 students...
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September 18, 2019 - 7:30 pm
A federal judge on Wednesday temporarily blocked enforcement of some new South Dakota laws that aim to prevent disruptive demonstrations against the Keystone XL pipeline. A lawsuit spearheaded by the American Civil Liberties Union against Gov. Kristi Noem and state Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg...
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File -- In this Friday, May 17, 2019 photo a training ship for Saudi Arabia's border guard is pictured at the Peene shipyard in Wolgast, northern Germany. The German government extended the export ban on military equipment for Saudia Arabia until March 31, 2020. (Stefan Sauer/dpa via AP, file)
September 18, 2019 - 10:15 am
BERLIN (AP) — Germany has extended its ban on defense industry exports to Saudi Arabia for another six months, despite some calls for it to be relaxed in the wake of the recent attacks on the country's oil production facilities. The government said Wednesday the ban had been extended for six months...
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