Category: Basic Services

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, 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 […]

Basic Services, Others

How Utilities Charged Consumers $40 Billion for Failed Power Plants

December 22, 2017

Via: Greentech Media

Good journalism is more important than ever. In our last episode of the year, we’re choosing our favorite energy reporting of 2017. We’ll start off with a conversation about a damning investigative piece on how U.S. utilities put ratepayers on […]

Basic Services, Others, Public Utilities, Waste Management

Cleanup Crews Provide Update Amid California Wildfires

December 8, 2017

Via: Waste360

Nearly two months after wildfires scorched Northern California, the state is yet again experiencing raging wildfires, this time down south. These fires, which are being caused by strong winds out of Santa Ana, are being dubbed the largest wildfires in […]

Basic Services, Civil Service, Public Utilities, Waste Management

EPA to Negotiate a Plan for San Jacinto Waste Pits Cleanup

December 6, 2017

Via: Waste360

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is working to negotiate a plan for the $115 million project to clean up the San Jacinto Waste Pits in Texas, which could take over a year to finalize. The pits became a federal […]

Basic Services, Civil Service

New audit shows utilities knew of schedule problems at V.C. Summer nuclear expansion

November 28, 2017

Via: Utility Dive

Since their decision to abandon the V.C. Summer nuclear project in July, the project’s owners, SCANA’s South Carolina Electric & Gas (SCE&G) and state-owned Santee Cooper, have had a stream of problems. It was beginning to become clear in September […]

Basic Services, Civil Service

California lawmakers want to block utilities from passing on wildfire costs

November 27, 2017

Via: Utility Dive

All three of California’s major utilities want SDG&E to recover costs from several 2007 wildfires, possibly helping lay the groundwork for similar claims. The CPUC is scheduled to consider that case this week, though the San Diego Union-Tribune notes it […]

Basic Services, Civil Service, Others

Overcoming the small business hurdle: Three engagement approaches for utilities

November 22, 2017

Via: Utility Dive

Over the past decade, utilities have increasingly focused on engaging their small and medium business (SMB) customers with energy efficiency, but this customer segment still remains the largest untapped source of energy savings. In the U.S., small businesses represent 97 […]