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FERC to Tighten Dam Safety Rules Post Oroville Collapse, Okays Klamath Dam Removal

Federal regulators proposed updating dam safety requirements in response to the 2017 failure of the spillway at the Oroville Dam and two recent collapses in Michigan. The partial crumbling of Oroville’s spillway, the nation’s highest dam, forced the evacuation of 180,000 people. The California Department of Water Resources is responsible for the […]

July 16, 2020|

Undercurrents

During a Nov. 19 workshop on reducing the energy use of the water and wastewater industries, providing conveyors and wastewater treatment operators real time energy use data was called critical.

The water and wastewater industries use about 20 percent of the electricity in the state and about 30 percent of the natural gas use for […]

November 19, 2019|

CEC Tightens Desert Plant Water Use, Efficiency Rules

The California Energy Commission approved “drought-proofing” a desert power plant and modifying efficiency regulations for portable electric spas and battery chargers. It also okayed a handful of multi-million-dollar grants and loans at its April 11 business meeting.

The Commission approved changes to the conditions of certification for soil and water resources for the 830 MW […]

April 11, 2018|

JUICE: Sugar Daddies

The controversy over the 20-year utility contract for the coastal Puente power plant near Ventura is the tip of California’s excess gas power plant iceberg.

Take a look at the California Energy Commission’s recent analysis highlighting how infrequently the power plants along the coast have been used. Last year, several facilities seldom ran.

California’s overloaded and […]

March 21, 2017|

Undercurrents

In an effort to turn over a new leaf in the new year, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti Jan. 3 unveiled a customer bill of rights for the Los Angeles Department of Water & Power.

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January 5, 2017|
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