Tag: California

Health & Insurance, Social Services

Employers Urged To Find New Ways To Address Workers’ Mental Health

July 19, 2019

Via: Kaiser Health News

In the middle of a work project at a global corporate consulting firm, Katherine Switz was gripped with a debilitating bout of anxiety. Her body froze, her heart raced, her chest tightened, and her mind went blank, which made it […]

Basic Services, Emergency Services

California tees up wildfire liability bill as utility, consumer groups diverge on solutions

July 3, 2019

Via: Utility Dive

The California legislature will attempt to pass AB 1054 in a week, but opposition is bubbling up that could complicate the governor’s preferred schedule. Attorneys representing wildfire victims say the legislation should be tabled or rewritten to include more consumer […]

Basic Services, Emergency Services

California approved utility wildfire plans. The next step is to see if they’re working

June 18, 2019

Via: Utility Dive

California’s wildfire season is only weeks old, but already PG&E has utilized the new Public Safety Power Shutoff capabilities included in mitigation plans. Looking ahead, regulators say they need to develop tools that can help determine whether or not the […]

Infrastructure, Public Works

Paradise Lost: Reimagining the California Dream With Community Microgrids

May 6, 2019

Via: Greentech Media

The firestorm disaster that wiped out an entire town last year has made it clear that the paradise that once was California is in serious jeopardy. However, the horrific Camp Fire in the community of Paradise presents an opportunity to […]

Basic Services, Emergency Services

Rejecting the ‘new normal,’ California eyes technology solutions to wildfire risks

May 2, 2019

Via: Utility Dive

California is a global leader in technology, so it stands to reason that we’re focusing more on technological solutions to help overcome the growing threat from frequent and deadly wildfires. Over the past two years, California has endured a number […]

Oil & Gas, Public Utilities

The Next Frontier for Demand Response: Natural Gas

April 26, 2019

Via: Greentech Media

This year’s polar vortex in the Midwest and Northeast strained our grid systems and compelled many utilities in the regions to ask customers to conserve energy. These extreme weather events tend to focus our collective attention on potential weaknesses in […]

Electric Utility, Public Utilities

California Bill Proposes a Backstop Authority to Secure State’s Power Grid Needs

April 17, 2019

Via: Greentech Media

Amid a flurry of energy, environmental, wildfire and Pacific Gas & Electric bankruptcy-related bills emerging for this year’s legislative session, California lawmakers are also grappling with a complicated, yet critical issue — how to secure the energy resources needed to […]

Electric Utility, Public Utilities

California utilities support centralized renewables procurement proposal, but urge caution

April 10, 2019

Via: Utility Dive

California has aggressive environmental goals, but more renewable resource procurement by community aggregation groups has complicated the question of reliability for IOUs charged with delivering the energy. The proposed decision, issued March 18, noted that while IOU customers have “historically […]

Oil & Gas, Public Utilities, Waste Management

California Refuse Vehicles Go Full Circle with Redeem RNG

March 14, 2019

Via: Waste360

Clean Energy Fuels Corp. announced an increased demand for renewable natural gas (RNG) from the refuse sector, particularly in California, where refuse trucks are fueled by the very solid waste they haul. The city of Fresno signed a two-year agreement […]

Electric Utility, Public Utilities

US Energy Storage Broke Records in 2018, but the Best Is Yet to Come

March 5, 2019

Via: Greentech Media

The U.S. energy storage industry delivered record deployments in 2018, driven by a strong fourth quarter for utility-scale projects. But the new achievement for the young industry pales compared to what’s to come: an expected doubling in 2019, followed by […]