To ring in the New Year, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a 745-page prepublication version of its final rule governing the landfill and surface impoundment management of coal combustion residuals (CCR) from coal-fired power plants. The rule is to become effect six months from the date of its publication in the Federal Register.Article
The California Energy Commission (CEC) is poised to move ahead on its promise to adopt energy-efficiency standards for plug-in digital devices, including desktop computers, monitors, displays and other devices later this month.The recent publication of a research report by the University of California, Irvine for the CEC showing the large amounts of electricity wasted by computers in California demonstrates the economic burden, the undue waste and costs these devices place on consumers. New standards for these devices are long overdue. Article
Social media has matured to the point where utilities can leverage the tool as an effective and low-cost way to help achieve electronic billing (e-bill) adoption goals. The use of social media among consumers is pervasive, offering a new, low-cost and effective entry point for utilities to reach their customers. By understanding industry trends and adopting best practices, utilities can leverage social media to complement a comprehensive, integrated and effective e-bill marketing program that will increase visibility and engagement of electronic, or paperless, billing. Article
California is facing one of the worst droughts in their history, causing a State of Emergency that has been in place since January 2014. Nearly a year ago, Governor Jerry Brown asked residents to reduce their water use by 20 percent.Article
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