Soon, Californians will learn whether state leaders’ commitment to achieving 50 percent renewable energy by 2030 is backed by a willingness to make hard choices, or whether they remain subject to politics as usual. The State Lands Commission is scheduled to consider extensions for leases set to expire in 2018 and 2019 at the Diablo Canyon… [Read More]
Learn about the competitive challenges and other new developments in the energy and utility industries.
The energy sector is changing at a rapid pace, and with these changes come an assortment of new and unique competitive challenges that have the potential to seriously impact IBEW 1245 members and their jobs. As part of Local 1245’s ongoing effort to keep members abreast of these changes, the union hosted a special two-day… [Read More]
Oregon lawmakers have given final approval to pioneering legislation that would eliminate coal from the state’s energy supply by 2030 and double state mandates on renewable power by 2040. In a statement, Gov. Kate Brown seemed to indicate she would sign the bill.
Hydropower has always been the largest renewable energy in terms of overall percentage of installed capacity but by 2018, it may no longer hold that title. In 2015 about 153 MW of hydropower capacity was installed in the United States according to the Office of Energy Projects Energy Infrastructure Update released by the Federal Energy… [Read More]
Reversing climate change and addressing income inequality are the twin challenges of our time. Solving them both means a safer, more stable future for generations to come. If we don’t stop and reverse climate change, our environment and our economy could collapse. If we don’t address the growing gap between rich and poor, our political… [Read More]
If you’ve installed solar at your home and are now basking in the I’m-saving-the-planet warm glow, you may be in for a splash of ice water. There’s a good chance someone else has purchased your halo and is wearing it right now. You see, in practically every state, rooftop PV is recognized as green with Renewable… [Read More]
California’s biomass energy plants are shutting down as competing, subsidized solar farms emerge, mainly in San Joaquin Valley. Six of these waste-to- energy facilities have closed in two years, including a plant in Delano, owned and operated by Covanta, after San Diego Gas & Electric terminated its power purchase agreement with the company.
Congress recently acted at the last minute to renew a giant tax subsidy for Wall Street investors and the richest Americans. Sadly, in almost all cases, such dead-of-night maneuvers to increase corporate subsidies and tax breaks for the wealthy are hardly breaking news. But when Democrats and progressives applaud this continued subsidy for the wealthy and… [Read More]
An Associated Press analysis of industry data found that severe weather is the leading cause of major outages on the nation’s power grid. The number of weather-related power outages has climbed over the last decade, with the greatest spikes in 2008 and 2011, according to the AP analysis and independent studies.