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California to consider changing rules for utility wildfire liability

July 5, 2018

Via: Utility Dive

California’s wildfires are worsening and the state expects the risk to continue. Legislators and Gov. Jerry Brown are working on response and prevention proposals, and plan to review insurance and liability policies. Investor-owned utilities in California have a unique kind […]


Basic Services, Emergency Services, Health & Insurance, Social Services

Hospitals Scramble To Find Alternatives To Medications As Drug Shortages Persist

July 2, 2018

Via: Kaiser Health News

Hospitals and ER departments nationwide are coming up short when they need drugs such as morphine. “So many substances are short, and we’re dancing every shift,” said Dr. James Augustine, a doctor in Cincinnati.” In other public health news: palliative […]


Basic Services, Civil Service, Public Utilities, Waste Management

California Nearly Triples Daily Penalty for Improper Hazardous Waste Disposal

June 25, 2018

Via: Waste360

A California law recently raised the maximum daily penalty for improper hazardous waste disposal from $25,000 to $70,000. The civil penalty, passed last fall, can be levied “for each separate violation or, for continuing violations, for each day that violation […]


Basic Services, Electric Utility, Public Transport, Public Utilities

13 projects from the leading edge of the utility transformation

May 23, 2018

Via: Utility Dive

Contested regulatory proceedings are the foundation of the utility business in the U.S. Utilities, power providers and advocates all engage regulators with public comments and testimony, hoping to persuade them on a pending rate case, generation investment or grid upgrade. […]


Basic Services, Civil Service

8 states challenge EPA science rule that could overhaul clean air standards

May 8, 2018

Via: Utility Dive

EPA bases pollution regulations on expected impacts on human health, so changes to its scientific review process have the potential to impact nearly every action it takes in the power sector. In a hearing last month, Pruitt said the proposed […]


Basic Services, Public Transport

New York agencies propose shifting EV fast chargers to non-demand charges

April 17, 2018

Via: Utility Dive

New York is aiming to have 800,000 electric vehicles on its roads by 2025. But with seven years left, the state has a ways to go with this year a “crucial inflection point,” NYPA told the Public Service Commission. At […]


Basic Services, Civil Service

New Jersey Legislature Backs Nuclear Subsidies

April 13, 2018

Via: PowerMag

New Jersey’s Assembly and Senate in separate actions on April 12 passed bills to ensure continued operation of PSEG’s Salem and Hope Creek nuclear power plants. Lawmakers also passed bills to modify the state’s renewable portfolio standards and for support […]


Basic Services, Public Transport

Tesla and Uber Weigh In on Policies to Boost EV Adoption

March 7, 2018

Via: Greentech Media

U.S. plug-in electric vehicle sales increased by 25 percent to just under 200,000 units in 2017. While promising, the rate of growth still lags what is needed to drive down greenhouse gas emissions from transportation. Last week, policy experts gathered […]


Basic Services, Electric Utility, Others, Public Utilities

Cybersecurity: How utilities can prepare the next generation smart grid

February 12, 2018

Via: Power Engineering SmartGrid

Cyber attacks have dominated the headlines and devastated a slew of companies over the past few years – from Equifax to Yahoo, Deloitte to Merck – compromising millions of people’s information and costing billions of dollars in losses to those […]


Basic Services, Public Transport

The Road to Sustainable Transportation

February 6, 2018

Via: American Infrastructure

An imperative for urban planning in America is to give people choices and make walking, cycling, and taking a bus or riding rail transit more attractive than sitting in traffic. If we don’t take such a holistic approach to urban […]