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Fiery ideas

Are there smarter ways to fight forest fires?  Harebrained, harrowing, too expensive, impractical? Along with the sound, fury and fear sparked by this season’s wildfires came dozens of theories, ideas and demands that only seemed to fuel more controversy. The Wall Street Journal assembled a trio of experts to think outside of the flames. The […]

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Not at all nerdy

Rugged electrical lineworkers are now known for their app-design aptitude  Cooperative.com, a communications hub for US electrical cooperatives, tells a great story of lineworkers at Nebraska’s Cornhusker Public Power District who have been working as in-house app developers. It’s job related; they took on the task as a way to streamline FEMA paperwork and other […]

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Workplace deaths

A distressing series of workplace deaths bring safety concerns top of mind Three events around in different parts of the country have called renewed attention to safety practices, workplace responsibilities, and, in Palo Alto, the random nature of fate. Mystery remains as to how and why a worker died at FedEx’s Memphis hub last Wednesday.  […]

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When a branch blows into a power line …

…will it set the world on fire? Remarkably, the Getty Fire, one of the most disruptive of dozens flaming through California, was caused by one stray branch, dislodged from its parent tree, which then blew into a power line. As described by the Los Angeles Fire Department: FIRE CAUSE: Investigators have determined the preliminary cause of […]

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Names in the news (not so good)

Exelon’s eminent executive exits, and Faraday Future’s founder files Anne Pramaggiore “retires.” To the surprise of almost everyone, Exelon CEO Anne Pramaggiore abruptly retired this week, via an announcement which included the words “effective immediately.”  In the same release, Calvin G. Butler was announced as interim CEO – also effective immediately. No reasons were given […]

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Really, PGandE ?!?

The troubled California utility can’t seem to get anything right This week’s swirling stories of unplugged Californians who were struggling to cope with PG&E’s planned power outage made the Golden State seem more like a dystopian nightmare than a movie star’s paradise. A few examples: From the San Francisco Chronicle – ‘I’m overwhelmed’: PG&E power […]

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San Francisco Offers to Buy PG&E Grid

If accepted, deal would lay foundation for municipal utility in the Bay Area San Francisco has made a $2.5 billion offer to buy Pacific Gas & Electric’s grid assets within its city limits, the most concrete step yet from cities, counties and public agencies served by the bankrupt Northern California utility to lay claim to […]

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L.A. Consequential

A record renewable energy proposal would have major ramifications for the city The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP), the nation’s largest utility provider, is pushing for an unprecedented proposal that would combine solar power and energy storage for the city’s utilities. The project would deploy 400 MW of solar energy at 1.997 […]

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Can CPP Rollback Bring Coal Back?

EPA officially nixes CPP…and other news in utilities, renewable energy The Environmental Protection Agency, a branch designed to protect the natural human and animal habitats of Earth, has completed one of the more controversial moves in its history. The EPA finalized the rollback of the Clean Power Plan on June 19th. In replacement, the agency […]

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Business Briefs Galore

Boeing/GE/Amazon deal, Schneider Electric, PG&E’s future, and more So a struggling industrial giant, a 747, and Jeff Bezos all walk in to a bar… I tend to agree with Al Root’s assessment of this mega-deal. It sounds like a cheesy joke, and it could only happen in Paris. General Electric, Boeing, and Amazon struck a […]

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