Utilities

FILE - In this Dec. 16, 2019, file photo, a sign to a Pacific Gas & Electric building is shown in San Francisco. A federal judge is expected opn Friday, June 19, 2020, to approve Pacific Gas & Electric's $58 billion plan for ending its 17-month stint in bankruptcy, clearing the way for the nation's largest utility to begin paying $25.5 billion to cover the losses in a series of horrific wildfires ignited by its long-neglected electrical grid. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)
June 19, 2020 - 6:20 pm
SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. (AP) — A federal judge on Friday took the final step toward approving a $58 billion plan by the nation’s largest utility to end a contentious bankruptcy saga that began after Pacific Gas & Electric’s outdated equipment ignited wildfires in California that killed more than...
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June 19, 2020 - 3:21 pm
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico’s government announced water rationing measures on Friday as 26% of the U.S. territory faces a severe drought amid the pandemic. The island’s utilities company said water will be shut off for eight hours a day starting Saturday in several neighborhoods in...
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Bill Smith, interim chief executive officer and president of PG&E Corp., listens as Butte County Superior Court Judge Michael Deems announces the penalties for its role in the 2018 Camp Fire, during the criminal sentencing hearing in the trial of Pacific Gas & Electric Corp in Chico, Calif., Thursday, June 18, 2020. PG&E received the maximum fine of $3.5 million for its crimes and an additional $500,000 for the cost of the investigation into the cause of the wildfire. The utility company pleaded guilty, Tuesday, to 84 felony counts of involuntary manslaughter for the fire that wiped out the town of Paradise. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
June 18, 2020 - 3:26 pm
Pacific Gas & Electric on Thursday was fined $4 million for the deaths of 84 people killed in a nightmarish Northern California wildfire ignited by the its long-neglected electrical grid. The sentencing comes as the nation's largest utility prepares to end a 17-month bankruptcy proceeding...
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Bill Johnson, chief executive officer and president of PG&E Corp., lowers his head after admitting the company's guilt in the deaths of 84 people in a 2018 wildfire, during a hearing in Butte County Superior Court in Chico, Calif., Tuesday, June 16, 2020. Johnson entered guilty pleas on behalf of the company for 84 felony counts of involuntary manslaughter stemming from the fire which was blamed on the company's crumbling electrical grid the wiped out the town of Paradise in November of 2018.(AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, Pool)
June 17, 2020 - 7:45 pm
The families of some of the 85 people killed by a horrific Northern California wildfire ignited by Pacific Gas & Electric's long-neglected equipment vilified the company Wednesday as greedy, corrupt and reckless, telling heartbreaking stories of their loss in court. The speakers tearfully told...
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FILE - In this Dec. 3, 2018, file photo, a vehicle rests in front of a home leveled by the Camp Fire in Paradise, Calif. A grand jury investigation into the 2018 wildfire that killed 85 people in Northern California, wiping out a town, found that Pacific Gas & Electric repeatedly ignored warnings about its failing power lines in the area, performed inadequate inspections and ignored pleas from employees about deteriorating equipment. (AP Photo/Noah Berger, File)
June 16, 2020 - 6:08 pm
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A scathing grand jury report released Tuesday after a 2018 Northern California wildfire killed 85 people found that Pacific Gas & Electric officials repeatedly ignored warnings about its failing power lines, performed inadequate inspections to focus on profits and refused...
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FILE - In this Feb. 7, 2019, file photo, Christina Taft, the daughter of Camp Fire victim Victoria Taft, displays a collage of photos of her mother, at the burned out ruins of the Paradise, Calif., home where she died in 2018. Pacific Gas & Electric officials are to be expected to appear in court Tuesday, June 16, 2020, to plead guilty for the deadly wildfire that nearly wiped out the Northern California town of Paradise in 2018. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)
June 16, 2020 - 4:02 pm
Pacific Gas & Electric confessed Tuesday to killing 84 people in one of the most devastating wildfires in recent U.S. history during a dramatic court hearing punctuated by a promise from the company's outgoing CEO that the nation's largest utility will never again put profits ahead of safety...
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Ukraine's Anti-Corruption Prosecutor Nazar Kholodnytsky, left, and National Anti-Corruption Bureau chief Artem Sytnik at a pile of USD 6 million in plastic bags during a briefing in an anti-corruption prosecutor's office in Kyiv, Ukraine, Saturday, June 13, 2020. Ukrainian authorities say they have intercepted a USD 6 million bribe attempt at dropping a criminal investigation against the head of the Burisma natural gas company where former US Vice President Joe Biden's son once held a board seat. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)
June 13, 2020 - 9:59 am
MOSCOW (AP) — Ukrainian authorities said Saturday they intercepted an attempt to offer a $6 million bribe in return for the dropping of a criminal investigation into the head of a natural gas company where the son of former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden once held a board seat. At a news conference...
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In this Monday June 8, 2020 photo a nozzle valve is attached to the dispenser of a hydrogen filling station in Dresden Germany. The German government is to agree its national hydrogen strategy for the coming decades, part of a plan to reduce the country's dependence on fossil fuels. (Sebastian Kahnert/dpa via AP)
June 10, 2020 - 8:14 am
BERLIN (AP) — The German government agreed Wednesday on a long-term strategy for increasing production and use of hydrogen as part of a plan to cut the country’s greenhouse gas emissions. While hydrogen is currently produced almost exclusively from fossil fuels, the government wants to encourage...
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This handout photo provided by Vasiliy Ryabinin shows oil spill outside Norilsk, 2,900 kilometers (1,800 miles) northeast of Moscow, Russia, Friday, May 29, 2020. Russian authorities have charged Vyacheslav Starostin, the director of an Arctic power plant that leaked 20,000 tons of diesel fuel into the ecologically fragile region on May 29, 2020, with violating environmental regulations. An investigation is ongoing Monday JUne 8, 2020, into the alleged crime, that could bring five years in prison if Starostin is found guilty. (Vasiliy Ryabinin via AP)
June 10, 2020 - 8:07 am
MOSCOW (AP) — Russian authorities have detained three top managers of an Arctic power plant that leaked 20,000 tons of diesel fuel into the ecologically fragile region. Plant director Pavel Smirnov, chief engineer Alexei Stepanov and his deputy, Yuri Kuznetsov, have been detained on suspicion of...
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In this handout photo provided by the Russian Marine Rescue Service, rescuers work to prevent the spread of an oil spill outside Norilsk, 2,900 kilometers (1,800 miles) northeast of Moscow, Russia, on Tuesday, June 2, 2020. Russian President Vladimir Putin has declared a state of emergency in a region of Siberia after an estimated 20,000 tons of diesel fuel spilled from a power plant storage facility and fouled waterways.(Russian Marine Rescue Service via AP)
June 05, 2020 - 10:49 am
MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday chastised the billionaire owner of a nickel giant for negligence resulting in a massive fuel oil spill that has inflicted huge damage on a fragile Arctic region. An estimated 20,000 tons of diesel oil spilled into the Ambarnaya River last...
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