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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 […]


Social Security, Social Services

Seattle innovation council tackles homelessness, social services in first projects

April 16, 2019

Via: StateScoop

Seattle’s Innovation Advisory Council, created by Mayor Jenny Durkan last August as a way to leverage the region’s technical talent against local issues, has announced seven technology projects it plans to implement. The projects, announced last week, include: An earthquake […]


Public Utilities, Waste Management

NASA Names Recycling in Space Challenge Winners

April 16, 2019

Via: Waste360

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), in partnership with NineSigma, has announced the award recipients of its Recycling in Space challenge. According to NASA, the purpose of the challenge aims to help NASA’s Advanced Exploration Systems and space programs […]


Public Utilities, Waste Management

Unilever Ramps Up Plastics Recycling Strategy

April 15, 2019

Via: Waste360

Unilever North America announced that 50 percent of the plastic used in its packaging will come from post-consumer recycled content. Unilever made the announcement last week during the Walmart Global Sustainability Milestone Meeting in Arkansas. In 2017, Unilever made the […]


Public Utilities, Waste Management

Waste Management to Acquire Advanced Disposal for $4.9B

April 15, 2019

Via: Waste360

Houston-based Waste Management, Inc., North America’s largest environmental solutions company, just announced that it will buy Ponte Vedra, Fla.-based Advanced Disposal Services for a total of $4.9 billion. Under the agreement, a subsidiary of Waste Management will acquire all outstanding […]


Electric Utility, Public Utilities

Hawaiian Electric targets nearly 1.4 GWh storage, 135 MW solar equivalent in latest solicitation

April 11, 2019

Via: Utility Dive

In 2015, Hawaii became the first state in the country to pass a 100% renewable energy bill. The legislation requires investor-owned utility company Hawaiian Electric to achieve a renewable portfolio standard (RPS) of 100% by 2045. For 2018, the utility […]


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 […]


Public Utilities, Waste Management

Some Michigan Cities Consider Eliminating Recycling Programs

April 9, 2019

Via: Waste360

Recycling in Michigan is projected to undergo massive changes in the coming months and years as cities across the state consider whether to abandon recycling due to higher costs. The global recycling market has been affected since China implemented its […]


Health & Insurance, Social Services

With Health Care Costs As A Top Concern Among Voters, State Legislatures Eye Ways To Make Care More Affordable

April 8, 2019

Via: Kaiser Health News

State lawmakers across the country are trying to find ways to make health care cheaper, from expanding Medicaid programs to creating a public option to addressing high drug prices. Sacramento Bee: Cheaper And More Accessible Health Care Sought By CA […]


Public Utilities, Waste Management

Grant to Expand Curbside Recycling Collection in Nashville, Tenn.

April 8, 2019

Via: Waste360

A combined $2.8 million grant from The Recycling Partnership and the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC), with special support from beauty brand Love Beauty and Planet, will more than double the frequency of recycling collection in Nashville and […]