Tag: California

Health & Insurance, Social Services

Pandemic Highlights Need for Urgent Care Clinics for Women

April 16, 2021

Via: Kaiser Health News

SAN JOSE — Last spring, only weeks into the pandemic, Christina Garcia was spending her days struggling to help her two young sons adjust to online schooling when she got such a heavy, painful period she could barely stand. After […]

Health & Insurance, Social Services

California Counties a Hodgepodge of Highs and Lows in Vaccinating Vulnerable Seniors

April 7, 2021

Via: Kaiser Health News

Even as California prepares to expand vaccine eligibility on April 15 to all residents age 16 and up, the state has managed to inoculate only about half its senior population — the 65-and-older target group deemed most vulnerable to death […]

Electric Utility, Oil & Gas, Public Utilities

PG&E plan to reserve temporary generators for wildfire season has groups worried about diesel use

March 31, 2021

Via: Utility Dive

Utility reliance on diesel generation to power communities during wildfire-related power shut-offs has been an area of concern for regulators for a while now. PG&E deployed six such shut-offs last year and in January, Senior Vice President and Chief Risk […]

Basic Services, Civil Service, Public Institutions, Public Works

Will cities work remotely? Officials still have unanswered questions

March 23, 2021

Via: StateScoop

There’s “a light at the end of tunnel” in sight for technology executives that were tasked with suddenly transitioning thousands of city employees and public students to remote work and learning environments last year at the onset of the coronavirus […]

Electric Utility, Public Utilities

California opens rulemaking on provider of last resort, as customers move away from utilities

March 19, 2021

Via: Utility Dive

A POLR, essentially a utility or entity that is obliged to serve all customers, isn’t specific to the electric sector — telecommunications carriers of last resort, for instance, have existed since the 1990s. In California, the concept has become especially […]

Public Utilities, Waste Management

California Clamps Down on Plastics Exports

March 11, 2021

Via: Waste360

California is the top exporter of contaminated plastic in the nation, flooding poor countries who lack infrastructure to manage it, confer stakeholders vested in curbing plastic pollution. And the state could be headed for big trouble (not unlike other states, […]

Basic Services, Electric Utility, Emergency Services, Oil & Gas, Public Utilities

California’s Latest Demand-Side Emergency Plan Draws Criticism From Providers

March 10, 2021

Via: Greentech Media

“Disappointing.” That’s how a range of clean energy advocates and demand response providers are describing the California Public Utilities Commission’s latest plan to prevent a repeat of the state’s August 2020 rolling blackouts this coming summer. The proposed decision (PDF) […]

Electric Utility, Public Utilities

California CCAs Form Joint Buying Group, Creating Big-Time Power Purchaser

February 9, 2021

Via: Greentech Media

Community choice aggregators (CCAs) have become a formidable player in California’s electricity markets, taking over the role of supplying electricity to millions of customers from the state’s investor-owned utilities, announcing big-time clean energy contracts and pushing regulators to add flexibility […]

Electric Utility, Public Utilities

California’s Plan: Crowdsource Distributed Energy to Replace Grid Upgrades

February 5, 2021

Via: Greentech Media

California regulators are on the cusp of breaking open a long-awaited opportunity to enlist rooftop solar, behind-the-meter batteries and other distributed energy resources (DERs) to substitute for expensive grid upgrades. It’s called the Partnership Pilot, and according to DER developers, […]

Electric Utility, Public Utilities

California regulators express ‘deep concern’ over SCE 2020 power shutoff practices

January 27, 2021

Via: Utility Dive

California utilities have the authority to proactively de-energize their power-lines as a way to reduce the risk of wildfires in their service territories, albeit as a last resort. In 2020, wildfires burned more than 4 million acres of the state […]