Category: Civil Service

Basic Services, Civil Service

What’s the value of energy storage? Minnesota aims to find out

May 29, 2019

Via: Utility Dive

The omnibus appropriations bill, which includes $150,000 for the Commerce Department “to conduct an energy storage systems cost-benefit analysis,” will yield much-needed insight into how batteries can bring value to Minnesota’s electrical grid, storage advocates said as they praised its […]

Basic Services, Civil Service

Bill would create cybersecurity grant program for state and local governments

April 9, 2019

Via: StateScoop

U.S. Sens. Mark Warner and Cory Gardner introduced legislation Monday that would authorize the Department of Homeland Security to give state and local governments grants to purchase additional cybersecurity resources and hire more information-security personnel. Under the State Cyber Resiliency […]

Basic Services, Civil Service

NYC Council Passes Bills to Better Protect Private Sanitation Workers

March 1, 2019

Via: Waste360

The New York City Council on February 28 adopted legislation to better protect workers in the private sanitation industry. According to a report in ProPublica, one bill authorizes the city’s Business Integrity Commission (BIC) to directly police labor unions at […]

Basic Services, Civil Service

Virginia regulators deny Walmart request to leave Dominion utility service

February 26, 2019

Via: Utility Dive

The SCC’s decision in the Walmart case illustrates the regulatory difficulty of balancing the needs of different customer classes. In Virginia, customers must buy electricity from their incumbent utility unless they have a demand greater than 5 MW or are […]

Basic Services, Civil Service

Virginia lawmakers strike deal on bill directing Dominion to excavate coal ash

January 25, 2019

Via: Utility Dive

The agreement among Virginia lawmakers on Thursday marks a rare legislative intervention against utility plans to store coal ash at their plant sites as companies continue to clash with environmental groups over the most effective methods to handle the waste. […]

Basic Services, Civil Service

California Invests in Research to Reduce Global Warming Emissions

December 26, 2018

Via: Waste360

California’s Strategic Growth Council (SGC) approved funding for four groundbreaking research initiatives that will develop clean technologies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and advance equitable outcomes for vulnerable communities. The research teams that were selected for funding will explore topics […]

Basic Services, Civil Service, Electric Utility, Public Utilities

New Governors May Bring Gigawatts of Renewable Additions Across America

November 21, 2018

Via: Greentech Media

Democrats came away from this year’s midterm elections with 14 governorships. The party flipped seven of those seats from Republicans. Of Democrats who ran, six campaigned on pledges to increase renewable energy in their state. The results of those elections […]

Basic Services, Civil Service

California regulators moving quickly to review utility fire mitigation plans

October 29, 2018

Via: Utility Dive

Regulators made no bones about their timeline, pointing to a fire season that seems to begin earlier — and last longer — every year. They say they are aiming to have the initial set of electric utility wildfire mitigation plans […]

Basic Services, Civil Service, Public Utilities, Waste Management

California Governor Signs First Wave of Plastic Pollution Reduction Bills

September 21, 2018

Via: Waste360

California Gov. Jerry Brown signed three key bills and made his boldest statement to date on the public health and environmental threat posed by plastic pollution and waste. In addition, Brown also signed RNG (renewable natural gas) Coalition-sponsored bill AB […]

Basic Services, Civil Service, Oil & Gas, Public Utilities

Massachusetts governor puts rival utility in charge of Columbia Gas disaster response

September 17, 2018

Via: Utility Dive

The Columbia Gas incident highlights the delicate balancing act of running a natural gas system while underscoring the inherent risks of the explosive fuel. State fire officials told media outlets Friday they will not know the exact cause of the […]