Category: Basic Services

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 […]

Basic Services, Civil Service

For utilities, the new corporate tax cuts are a double-edged sword

February 1, 2018

Via: Utility Dive

The effects of the new lower corporate tax rate – 21% versus 35% previously – signed into law by President Donald Trump just before Christmas are proving to be a double edge sword for utilities. In a new analysis, The […]

Basic Services, Emergency Services, Social Security, Social Services

FCC must upgrade Wireless Emergency Alert system, public safety organizations say

January 9, 2018

Via: StateScoop

The nation’s Wireless Emergency Alert system (WEA) needs improvements that are long overdue, according to a coalition of public safety organizations that is pushing for action by the Federal Communications Commission on the issue. In a letter to FCC Chairman […]

Basic Services, Civil Service, Public Utilities, Waste Management

Houston City Council Again Delays Recycling Deal

January 4, 2018

Via: Waste360

In Houston, the New Year has started off much like the last ended: with continued contention over a proposed 20-year, $37-million recycling contract. In the latest delay, City Councilman Mike Knox pushed a vote on the deal out at least […]

Basic Services, Civil Service

After tax overhaul, utility regulators are pushing for lower customer rates

January 2, 2018

Via: Utility Dive

The investor-owned electric utility sector supported the Republican-led tax overhaul last month, declaring it a “win” for consumers and for investment in the sector. But with new tax rates kicking in at the beginning of the year, states are letting […]