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Coverage of public utilities since April 5, 2023.

BCUC to take hands-off approach to hydrogen

"...Unlike electricity or natural gas for heating, which are provided by utility monopolies in B. C. , it’s expected hydrogen will be a free market enterprise..."

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Abbotsford facility to help pilot hydrogen commercial trucks amid EV boom

"...“Hydrogen fuel cell electric light-duty vehicles are already being adopted by fleets in B. C. , and in the near term greater opportunities for hydrogen vehicle deployment are opening up in the medium-, heavy-duty and off-road vehicle sectors,” reads a report outlining the province’s hydrogen strategy..."

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Liberals pause carbon pricing on heating oil, double rural carbon price rebate top-up except in B.C.

"...At the same time, the federal government introduced a new clean fuel standard to offset emissions from gasoline and diesel, which saw the public utilities board that set gas prices in the Atlantic provinces raise prices as much as eight cents a litre.  ..."

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Maui wildfires: Bare electrical wire, poles were little match for strong winds

"...Videos and images analyzed by The Associated Press confirmed those wires were among miles of line that Hawaiian Electric Company. left naked to the weather and often-thick foliage, despite a recent push by utilities in other wildfire- and hurricane-prone areas to cover up their lines or bury them..."

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Manitoba NDP would freeze hydro rates for a year if it wins provincial election

"...The announcement is the latest in a series of pocketbook promises made by the NDP. Kinew promised Monday to temporarily suspend the province's 14-cent-per-litre gasoline tax, which would cost the treasury about $320 million if the suspension lasted a full year. Last week, Kinew promised rebates for people who buy electric vehicles, which he said would cost the province about $7 million annually..."

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Manitoba election: NDP vows to freeze gas tax

"...Fuel taxes bring in approximately $340 million a year. The NDP is also promising to give the Public Utilities Board, the provincial energy regulator, new powers to investigate and regulate retail gasoline prices. An emailed statement from Finance Minister Cliff Cullen called the announcement “smoke and mirrors..."

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Calgary's mayor, councillors defend Enmax election spending in Maine

"...Voters in Maine will decide in a referendum later this year whether to replace the state's two largest privately-owned power companies, including Enmax-owned Versant Power, with a public utility. In an effort to lobby against the move to public utility ownership, Enmax has contributed $7. 5 million so far this year to a U..."

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Powerful summer storm leaves 200K in the dark, floods streets in Quebec Globalnews.ca

"...Hydro-Québec says about 200,000 households were still without electricity as of 8:30 a. m. on Friday..."

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BC Hydro was warned electrical vault was dangerous years before Vancouver explosion

"...VANCOUVER — British Columbia’s public utility says it was warned that an underground electrical vault was a danger seven years before it blew up under a Vancouver street, injuring two people and badly damaging a city business..."

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BC Hydro was warned vault was dangerous years before explosion in downtown Vancouver

"...British Columbia's public utility says it was warned that an underground electrical vault was a danger seven years before it blew up under a Vancouver street, injuring two people and badly damaging a city business..."

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Toronto's election is only a week away. Here's everything you need to know to vote

"...The 2023 election for mayor of Toronto is only a week away. On Monday, June 26, from 10 a. m..."

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Power outages surpass 50,000 as freezing rain pounds Quebec

"...Hydro-Québec reported more than 50,000 households were without electricity as of noon, with the majority in the Outaouais region. The public utility said it will be monitoring the situation throughout the day and “will be ready to intervene as soon as necessary. ”Environment Canada issued a freezing rain warning for a large swath of southern Quebec, including Montreal, the Laurentians and the Eastern Townships..."

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Podcasts

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E059: PCs to EVs - A Serial Entrepreneur's Vision for Public Utility Vehicles

Duration: 49:08

"...You need to have a purpose as an entrepreneur and the purpose can't be making money..."

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Informative Video

Discussions, Documentaries, and Investigative Reports about public utilities.

Annual Energy Summit Day 1 — The Evolving Energy Paradigm

"...Baker Fellow in Energy and Resource Economics; Senior Director, Center for Energy Studies, Baker Institute ..."

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Leveraging Houston's Financial and Human Capital for Sustainable Energy Transitions 2

"...Baker Fellow in Energy and Resource Economics; Senior Director, Center for Energy Studies, Baker Institute ..."

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Leveraging Houston's Financial and Human Capital for Sustainable Energy Transitions 1

"...Baker Fellow in Energy and Resource Economics; Senior Director, Center for Energy Studies, Baker Institute ..."

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Leveraging Houston's Financial and Human Capital for Sustainable Energy Transitions 3

"...Baker Fellow in Energy and Resource Economics; Senior Director, Center for Energy Studies, Baker Institute ..."

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Academic Research

Recent peer-reviewed papers about public utilities relevant to the latest news.

West Virginia v. EPA on Climate Change and Administrative Power

"...EPA, the Supreme Court invalidated an Obama-era program designed to address climate change by forcing States and public utilities to move from coal to natural gas and renewables for generating electricity..."

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Energy efficient IoT-based cloud framework for early flood prediction

"...In this article, we suggest an IoT-based energy-efficient flood prediction and forecasting system..."

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Features of good utility-initiated energy assistance

"...This paper identifies criteria that public utility regulators can apply to assess the effectiveness of initiatives in making utility service more affordable to low-income households..."

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Energy and environmental benefits and policy implications for private passenger vehicles in an emerging metropolis of Southeast

"...The simulated vehicle fleet and energy consumption were then adopted to extrapolate energy demand, emissions, and public health risks for a 2010–2050 horizon using the bottom-up approach..."

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Residential electricity pricing in Texas's competitive retail market

"...The price premia associated with higher-than-average renewable energy contents in the early years of our sample have largely vanished by 2018..."

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Hurricane Sandy: Damages, Disruptions and Pathways to Recovery

"...Critical infrastructure and public utility systems are often severely damaged by natural disasters like hurricanes..."

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Smart City Solution: Enhancing Capacity Utilization of Mass Rapid Transit System (MRTS) for Economic Viability with Special Ref

"...Therefore, in phase manner our government selected some specific cities to begin with and try to develop them further in the form of smart cities by removing the bottlenecks such as transportation issues, housing problem, infrastructure inadequacies, lack of public utility services, congestion and emissions, employment generation, resource utilization, etc..."

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Smart Prediction and Monitoring of Waste Disposal System Using IoT and Cloud for IoT Based Smart Cities

"...The smart cities use the analyzed data to improve their infrastructure, public utilities and they enhance their services by using the IoT technology for the betterment of livelihood of the common people..."

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Application of Blockchain Technology and Data Mining Technology in Public Utilities Management

"...This paper mainly introduces the econometric analysis method of extracting conceptual data from a large number of data by using the decision tree method of data mining technology in the process of public utility management performance evaluation, so as to improve the reliability and effectiveness of evaluation and save evaluation time..."

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Providing Compliance in Critical Computing Systems

"...Critical services such as health care, finance, power, public utility, are being hosted in critical computing systems like cloud, big data and AI platforms..."

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Regional Government Expenditure Efficiency Evaluation for Housing and Utilities in Russia

"...The article provides an assessment of the effectiveness of regional budget expenditures on public utilities and improvement as the two most costly subsections of the housing and communal services sector, which are within the competence of the constituent entities of the Russian Federation..."

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