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Health & Insurance, Social Security, Social Services

Social Security Giveth, Medical Costs Taketh Away

October 13, 2017

Via: Kaiser Health News

Retirees spent on average more than a third of their Social Security benefits on out-of-pocket medical costs in 2014, according to a recent study. Even after factoring in other sources of income, medical spending still took a substantial 18 percent […]


Electric Utility, Public Utilities, Public Works

Duke Energy warns ITC against solar panel tariff

August 25, 2017

Via: Utility Dive

In a letter dated Aug. 21, Duke Energy Managing Director of Federal Policy Diane Denton told U.S. trade officials that a tariff on imported solar modules would raise the price of projects by 30% or more, “and that demand for […]


Infrastructure, Public Works

Administration Scraps Local-Hiring Plan for Public Works

August 25, 2017

Via: NY Times Public Works

The Trump administration is abandoning another Obama-era regulatory initiative, killing a plan to allow cities to set aside work for local residents on federally funded public works projects. The provision, proposed in 2015, has been winding its way through the […]


Electric Utility, Public Utilities

White House details 2019 R&D priorities

August 23, 2017

Via: FCW

The administration is directing agencies to lean more on the private sector and to tilt their future research and development priorities — and dollars — toward defense technologies, border security, economic growth, efficient health care and low-cost energy sources. Read […]


Infrastructure, Public Works

California utilities plot ways to prep the grid for the coming EV boom

August 22, 2017

Via: Utility Dive

Electrifying the transportation sector is no easy task. But, as with many innovations occurring in the power sector, California is leading the way. The California Public Utilities Commission recently approved two rounds of pilot proposals to electrify transportation from the […]


Basic Services, Public Transport

MTA and DOT Aren’t Acting Fast Enough to Turn Around NYC Bus Service

August 16, 2017

Via: NYC Streets Blog

The slower New York City bus service becomes, the faster the MTA and DOT should act to improve speeds and reliability. But neither agency has responded to the decline of bus service with the urgency the situation demands, according to a […]


Basic Services, Others

Smart grid cybersecurity spending forecast to hit $3.2bn

August 11, 2017

Via: Power Engineering SmartGrid

Global spending on smart grid cybersecurity is expected to almost double in the next decade, according to new research. A report from Navigant Research states that it will rise from $1.8bn this year to nearly $3.2bn by 2026. The study notes that […]


Basic Services, Emergency Services

The internet is finally getting a high-speed internet lane for emergency situations

August 9, 2017

Via: TNW

During large disasters, like hurricanes, wildfires and terrorist attacks, people want emergency responders to arrive quickly and help people deal with the crisis. In order to do their best, police, medics, firefighters and those who manage them need lots of […]


Electric Utility, Public Utilities

Energy efficiency takes a variety of shapes at public power utilities

August 7, 2017

Via: AmericanPublicPower

The inspiration for this article came from Akeyla Clarke, pricing and rates manager for the Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority. Earlier this year, in an inquiry posted to one of the American Public Power Association’s list servers, Clarke asked […]


Public Utilities, Public Water System

Reducing Costs for Stormwater Management

August 4, 2017

Via: American Infrastructure

The principles of low-impact design, distributed, small-scale stormwater infrastructure, and natural stormwater management to absorb rainwater where it falls are beginning to spread throughout the country. These strategies, collectively known as green infrastructure, are slowly replacing gray infrastructure in which […]