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Electric Utility, Public Utilities, Waste Management

Oregon WTE Facility May Get Renewable Energy Status

January 14, 2020

Via: Waste360

Oregon lawmakers are giving Covanta’s waste-to-energy (WTE) facility in Marion County another chance to be treated as a renewable energy source. According to a Salem Reporter article, State Rep. Brian Clem confirmed that a proposal is in the works to […]


Public Institutions, Public Works

Federal Funds To Help LA’s Homeless Crisis Come Bundled Up In Strings

January 14, 2020

Via: Kaiser Health News

Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson has been working with Mayor Eric Garcetti to address the city’s homeless crisis despite public tension over the issue. But the administration says that if Los Angeles accepts federal help, it will need […]


Electric Utility, Public Utilities

Most utilities aren’t getting full value from smart meters, report warns

January 13, 2020

Via: Utility Dive

Smart meter adoption rates have soared in the past decade and experts say the technology is foundational to broader grid modernization efforts, but ACEEE’s survey finds utilities typically under-utilize the technology. “Many utilities are underexploiting AMI capabilities and attendant benefits, […]


Health & Insurance, Social Services

Downward Trend In Cancer Deaths Is Great, Experts Say, But Hold Your Horses On Any Big Celebrations

January 13, 2020

Via: Kaiser Health News

The news is actually more nuanced than it may have seemed last week. And much is riding on how the results are interpreted. In other public health news: “forever chemicals,” race and medicine, genetic sequencing of measles, sickle cell disease, […]


Public Utilities, Waste Management

Hawaii Deals with Burgeoning Waste Management Problem

January 10, 2020

Via: Waste360

Hawaii Island’s South Hilo Sanitary Landfill has anywhere from 20 to 100 years of capacity left, Hawaii Public Radio reports. However, the island is dealing with waste management issues. The Island has been dealing with plastics that are no longer […]


Electric Utility, Public Utilities

New York Planning 1GW-Plus Offshore Wind Solicitation in 2020

January 9, 2020

Via: Greentech Media

New York confirmed plans to issue its second solicitation for offshore wind farms this year, expected to add at least 1 gigawatt to the state’s pipeline. The upcoming solicitation, to be overseen once again by the New York State Energy […]


Public Utilities, Waste Management

Advocates Remain Hopeful for New Jersey Food Waste Recycling Bill

January 9, 2020

Via: Waste360

After nearly six years in the making, New Jersey is likely to pass food waste recycling legislation this week. At least that is the hope of environmental advocates, particularly environmental law attorney Matthew Karmel, who is also the chairman of […]


Electric Utility, Public Utilities

California’s 2020 legislative session: The ‘wild, Wild West’ of bills targeting PG&E

January 8, 2020

Via: Utility Dive

PG&E’s sweeping public safety power shut-off program provoked widespread criticism from lawmakers, regulators and customers in 2019, after millions of Californians were left without electricity for days. But the utility, which has six months to resolve its wildfire liabilities and […]


Public Utilities, Waste Management

California Recycler Fined for Mishandling Hazardous Waste

January 7, 2020

Via: Waste360

California’s Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) has fined recycler Freon Free $145,760 for mishandling and incinerating hazardous waste without a permit. DTSC inspectors found Freon Free was burning hazardous waste without a permit, increasing the risk of an onsite […]


Public Utilities, Waste Management

European Union Considers Plastics Tax

January 7, 2020

Via: Waste360

The European Union (EU) is considering a tax on plastics for member states. Financial Times reports that as part of its initial budget proposal in 2018, the European Commission proposed a tax on nonrecycled plastic. Now, Brussels, home to EU […]