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Public Utilities, Waste Management

California Lawmakers Consider Bottle Bill Overhaul

January 15, 2020

Via: Waste360

This year, some California legislators are looking to overhaul the state’s Bottle Bill. A state Senate committee is expected to hold hearings this week on a bill that would make beverage manufacturers more responsible for helping consumers recycle, the Los […]


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 […]


Health & Insurance, Social Services

Government-Funded Day Care Helps Keep Seniors Out Of Nursing Homes And Hospitals

December 23, 2019

Via: Kaiser Health News

SAN MARCOS, Calif. — Two mornings a week, a van arrives at the Escondido, Calif., home of Mario Perez and takes him to a new senior center in this northern San Diego County town, where he eats a hot lunch, […]


Electric Utility, Public Utilities

US Microgrid Market Slowed in 2019. PG&E Could Single-Handedly Reverse the Trend

December 18, 2019

Via: Greentech Media

The burgeoning U.S. microgrid industry is set to install less controllable capacity this year than it did last year. But that setback may prove a temporary blip, especially if a new effort to back up the beleaguered Northern California grid […]


Electric Utility, Public Utilities

California moves to boost storage to combat safety-driven power shutoffs

December 17, 2019

Via: Utility Dive

The SGIP’s funds are used to incentivize customer-side distributed energy resources in California, and cover technologies like wind turbines, fuel cells and storage systems. Over the last year, as PG&E has deployed more frequent proactive shut-offs to prevent wildfires in […]


Health & Insurance, Social Services

Nursing Home Safety Violations Put Residents At Risk, Report Finds

November 14, 2019

Via: Kaiser Health News

As huge swaths of California burned last fall, federal health officials descended on 20 California nursing homes to determine whether they were prepared to protect their vulnerable residents from fires, earthquakes and other disasters. The results of their surprise inspections, […]


Electric Utility, Public Utilities

PG&E deploys largest-ever power shutoff, but responsibility for Kincade Fire now in question

October 28, 2019

Via: Utility Dive

PG&E employees were out in force over the weekend and will resume surveying the utility’s system at sunrise this morning, in the wake of high-wind conditions that saw gusts as high as 102 mph. Ultimately, 965,000 customers were caught up […]


Electric Utility, Public Utilities

California Governor Calls for Customer Rebates in Wake of PG&E Blackouts

October 15, 2019

Via: Greentech Media

California officials are not happy about Pacific Gas & Electric’s handling of its massive fire-prevention power outage last week. Gov. Gavin Newsom and state regulators on Monday demanded that PG&E address the communications and technology breakdowns that marred its response […]


Public Utilities, Waste Management

New Data Protection Laws to Impact E-waste Recyclers

September 17, 2019

Via: Waste360

Two new laws in New York and California are expected to transform the way businesses and electronic scrap recyclers handle data security and personal information. In July, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed into law Senate Bill S5575B, also known […]