San Bruno calling for removal of CPUC president

The City of San Bruno is demanding that CPUC President Michael Peevey be removed, in part, due to alleged inappropriate communication with Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E). The City also wants significant penalties ($2.45 billion in after-tax dollars) levied against PG&E due to an exposure that top CPUC and PG&E staff engaged in repeated and illegal private (ex parte) conversations in the ongoing CPUC penalty proceeding related to the deadly 2010 PG&E gas pipeline explosion in San Bruno.

Solar reaching mainstream for utilities

New figures released by the Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA) reflect the central role utilities will continue to play in the growth and change of the U.S. solar industry in emerging trends that have been identified as current and future market drivers, according to the organization.

Keeping nuclear as part of a diverse energy mix

Existing nuclear energy plants provide one-fifth of the country's electricity, are part of our diverse energy mix and help lower the cost of generating electricity for consumers by more than $93 billion a year, according to an IHS Energy report. 

LASER pinpoints LA solar shortfalls

New research has revealed some startling information regarding California's solar capacity. Specifically, approximately 98 percent of Los Angeles County's solar capacity remains currently untapped, according to the research by the UCLA Luskin Center for Innovation and Environmental Defense Fund (EDF), despite the fact that California is at the forefront of deploying clean energy to fight climate change among reaching other goals.

PA earns international energy recognition

The Foreign Direct Investment Association (FDIA) recently recognized Pennsylvania as the 2014 "FDI Destination of the Future for Energy Intensive Industries" for actively implementing strategies to support foreign direct investment in the energy sector.


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The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is investing $236.3 million to help modernize and improve the reliability of rural electric systems in eight states. A modern, reliable electric system is critical to attract and retain residents and businesses to rural communities.


The global smart grid market was valued at $37.7 billion in 2012 and is forecast to reach $118.1 billion in 2019-- growing at a compound annual growth rate of 18.2 percent from 2013 to 2019, according to Transparency Market Research (TMR).