| Jun 24, 2014
| 12:30 PM
Pure electric cars and plug-in hybrids have struggled to attract customers. Perhaps this is because not enough people have driven an electrically powered car.
These cars are smooth and quiet, with excellent accelerator pedal response. Electric power...
| Jun 26, 2014
| 2:31 PM
WASHINGTON — As President Obama pushes ahead on a strategy for confronting climate change that relies heavily on energy efficiency, some Americans may see flashbacks of Jimmy Carter trying to persuade them to wear an extra sweater and turn down...
| Jun 30, 2014
| 5:37 AM
A consulting firm that brokered a deal to supply electricity to a number of northwest suburban communities will be paid about 10 times more than the last firm that conducted the negotiations.
The increase coincides with a steep rise in electric rates...
| Jul 2, 2014
| 4:55 PM
Rick Pazier had to toss all the perfectly good steaks he’d bought for Independence Day due to a three-day power outage in his Midlothian neighborhood after Monday’s violent storms.
“It ruined everything I planned to barbecue,”...
| Aug 9, 2014
| 7:15 PM
Few places in the country are so warm and bright as Mary Wilkerson's property on the beach near St. Petersburg, Fla., a city once noted in the Guinness Book of World Records for a 768-day stretch of sunny days.
But while Florida advertises itself as the...
| Aug 4, 2014
| 6:46 PM
A dozen coal-reliant states have sued the Environmental Protection Agency in an effort to derail proposed rules designed to cut greenhouse gases from existing coal-fired power plants, the single largest domestic source of emissions that drive climate...
| Sep 1, 2014
| 6:17 PM
Sonoma County, which enticed Americans to forsake factory-made food for artisan wines and farmers market produce, now wants consumers to reconsider another everyday commodity.
New on the menu: locally curated energy.
The county is at the forefront...
| Sep 1, 2014
| 8:36 PM
PPL Electric Utilities was not in control of a painting project when a worker fell 40 feet from a transmission pole and is not responsible for the man's injuries, a state appeals court has ruled.
For that reason, PPL is entitled to have a $2.5 million...
| Aug 21, 2014
| 3:25 PM
The price of electricity for PPL Electric Utilities' default customers will drop slightly next month, the Allentown company announced Thursday.
The new "price to compare" for residential customers will be 8.814 cents a kilowatt hour, down from the...
| Aug 22, 2014
| 7:15 AM
Attorneys seeking monetary damages from consultants they allege provided misinformation about a downstate coal plant that ultimately has cost Batavia consumers higher electric rates encouraged residents and business owners to join their class-action...
| Aug 25, 2014
| 4:57 PM
When Palo Alto-based Tesla Motors announced plans to build a $5-billion battery "gigafactory," it listed four states as possible homes — none of them California. Since then, feverish wooing by Gov. Jerry Brown's administration and some state...