.......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... ..........The New Mexico Public Regulation Commission will look very different in January, when three of the five commission seats change hands.The June primary elections already determined a replacement for Lynda Lovejoy, the current Democratic commissioner for District 4 in northwestern New Mexico. Theresa Becenti-Aguilar, a former commissioner who left office in 2014, won the Democratic primary there, making her de facto victor in November, as no Republican is running.But two Republicans and two Democrats are running in southwest District 5 and eastern District 2.ADVERTISEMENTSkipSharp differences divide the District 5 candidates, where former Democratic state senator Stephen Fischmann is facing Ben L. Hall, a former PRC commissioner who lost his seat in 2014 to current Democratic commissioner Sandy … [Read more...] about Utilities front and center in PRC races
Electric and gas utilities
Published 5:00 am CDT, Tuesday, October 2, 2018 Houston should be a leader on solar energy much like it's a leader on oil and gas, says a local solar executive. Houston should be a leader on solar energy much like it's a leader on oil and gas, says a local solar executive. Photo: Justin Sullivan, Staff / Getty Images Photo: Justin Sullivan, Staff / Getty Images Image 1 of / 1 Caption Close Image 1 of 1 Houston should be a leader on solar energy much like it's a leader on oil and gas, says a local solar executive. Houston should be a leader on solar energy much like it's a leader on oil and gas, says a local solar executive. Photo: Justin Sullivan, Staff / Getty Images Houston needs to lead on solar power, along with oil and … [Read more...] about Houston needs to lead on solar power, along with oil and gas
A recovery process is underway this week after over 60 fires and at least three explosions broke out in homes across the Merrimack Valley last week serviced by Columbia Gas pipelines, leaving approximately 25 people injured and an 18-year-old Lawrence man dead. The event displaced thousands of Andover, Lawrence, and North Andover residents. People in houses and apartment buildings fled their homes last Thursday afternoon as firefighters stomped out the blazes and local officials cut electricity to the region as they worked to pinpoint the cause of the emergency. Leonel Rondon, a student at Phoenix Charter Academy, died after a chimney from an exploding house landed on a car he was sitting in near 35 Chickering Road in Lawrence, according to the Essex District Attorney’s office. In total, emergency personnel tackled between 60 and 80 structure fires and 150 emergency calls within hours, state officials said last week, adding that 8,100 to 8,500 gas meters were connected to the … [Read more...] about Where does the Merrimack Valley gas crisis stand now? Here’s what we know.
Katharine Q. Seelye New York Times News Service, updated on September 15, 2018 LAWRENCE, Mass. — Emmanuel Peguero, 7, thought he had been walking for 80 miles on Saturday. And how many days would it be before he could return to his own home? One thousand, he predicted. In reality, his trek was closer to one mile. It seemed much longer, though, because of the extraordinary circumstances in which his family — and thousands of others — suddenly found themselves. On Thursday, a still-unexplained gas leak touched off scores of explosions and fires that ripped through three Boston suburbs. Thousands of people were evacuated from their homes, many of which are still under quarantine and in areas where multiple new gas leaks were reported on Saturday. This freak disaster and its chaotic aftermath have given rise to an unusual sight in modern-day America — a river of humanity, lugging only the belongings they can carry in overloaded wagons, roller bags, strollers, … [Read more...] about ‘I’m just glad we’re alive’: Gas leak leaves thousands displaced and afraid
Updated 7:05 am CDT, Friday, September 14, 2018 Now Playing: A series of gas explosions has caused fires in more than 20 homes across three communities north of Boston. (Sept. 13) Media: Associated Press LAWRENCE, Mass. (AP) — The Latest on gas explosions in Massachusetts (all times local): 6:43 a.m. The company that provides natural gas service to the Massachusetts communities affected by a series of gas explosions and fires says it expects "an extended restoration effort." Columbia Gas in statement Friday morning said it is "working with the appropriate authorities to investigate this incident in order to understand its cause." The series of explosions and fires in Lawrence, Andover and North Andover killed a teenager, injured at least 10 other people and ignited fires in at least 39 homes. The company says it needs to visit each of the 8,600 affected customers to shut off each gas meter and conduct a safety inspection. A house is destroyed in … [Read more...] about The Latest: Gas utility expects extended restoration effort