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San Diego Gas & Electric pays $57M over botched bulb program

San Diego Gas & Electric will refund $51.6 million to ratepayers and pay a $5.5 million fine over a botched program to encourage people to buy energy-efficient lightbulbs.
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Post-Ida recovery in New Orleans: Beer and beignets are back

About 201,000 of Entergy’s 205,000 customers, or 98% percent, now have power, the company said, and those that don't had more severe damage.
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Illinois House OKs zero-carbon power plan, Senate is next

The legislation requires a $700 million subsidy to keep the state’s nuclear power-plant fleet afloat, and includes provisions that would close coal plants in central and southwest Illinois, invest in renewable energy such as wind and solar and a $4,000 rebate to encourage the purchase of electric vehicles.

Report: Solar could power 40% of US electricity by 2035

To achieve 40% solar power by 2035, the U.S. must install an average of 30 gigawatts of solar capacity per year between now and 2025 — double its current rate — and 60 gigawatts per year from 2025 to 2030, the report said.

Referendum would create hurdle to consumer-owned utility in Maine

Opponents of a proposal to replace the state's private utility companies with a consumer-owned utility have crafted a referendum that could create a hurdle to issuing bonds to fund the effort.

Lawmakers: Ida damage shows need for infrastructure upgrades

Shaken by haunting images of surging rivers, flooded roads and subways and other damage caused by the remnants of Hurricane Ida, lawmakers from both parties are vowing to upgrade the nation's aging infrastructure network.

Illinois Senate passes energy deal governor says falls short

A massive energy policy overhaul aimed at making Illinois a fully renewable-energy state by 2050 cleared the Senate early Wednesday despite objections from Gov. J.B. Pritzker and groups who want more environmental and consumer protections.

Thousands face weeks without power in Ida’s aftermath

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Louisiana communities beginning the huge task of clearing debris and repairing the damage inflicted by Hurricane Ida are facing the dispiriting prospect of weeks without electricity in the oppressive, late-summer heat.
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Hurricane Ida traps Louisianans, leaves the grid a shambles

A fearsome Hurricane Ida left scores of coastal Louisiana residents trapped by floodwaters and pleading to be rescued Monday while making a shambles of the electrical grid across a wide swath of the state in the sweltering, late-summer heat.
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Michigan regulators to probe utilities on power outages

xamine data and practices from its regulated electric companies after more than 1 million residents were left without power due to storms earlier this month.