Nuclear power has a powerful advocate: James Hansen, the grandfather of the climate change movement. His latest move is to step on behalf of Pacific Gas & Electric’s Diablo Canyon, which is set to retire in 2025.
Pacific Gas & Electric has been found guilty of 6 of 12 counts against arising from a deadly pipeline explosion that occurred in 2010. The main charges were obstructing a federal investigation and failing to properly monitor its pipeline system, the federal jury said. It faces a maximum fine of $3 million.
PG&E: The utility has named Melissa Lavinson chief sustainability officer. This is an expansion of her existing role as vice president of federal affairs. She has been with PG&E since 1997. Eaton: The power management company has named Pavan Pattada (pictured) as president of the North America vehicle group. He … Read more »
Xeros, which makes an ultra-low water laundry system, says utility companies Columbia Gas of Massachusetts, Connecticut Natural Gas, Pacific Gas and Electricity Company, Questar Gas, Southwest Gas and Xcel Energy are offering incentives for customers to use the polymer bead cleaning system. Xeros says its polymer bead cleaning machines are … Read more »
About 4,000 California companies — including Pacific Gas & Electric and the Hearst Corp. — farms and others are allowed to use free water while the rest of the state is required to conserve water during California’s historic drought, the Associated Press reports. This “senior rights holder” status is due … Read more »
FirstFuel says its Remote Building Analytics (RBA) platform now delivers energy performance intelligence to support commercial segments of the energy efficiency lifecycle. The company unveiled its enhanced RBA platform, which it says includes portfolio screening, building auditing, customer engagement, and performance monitoring and verification. The technology monitors both interval and monthly … Read more »
Here’s the latest news on hirings, promotions and departures among environmental leaders. Sealed Air: The packaging manufacturer has hired James Whaley as vice president, corporate communications and sustainability. Whaley most recently worked at Siemens North America where he was senior vice president, corporate communications and marketing, and chairman of the Siemens Foundation. Universal … Read more »
Pacific Gas & Electric’s CO2 emissions rate associated with electricity delivered fell 12 percent between 2010 and 2011, to 393 pounds of CO2 per MWh, according to the company’s latest corporate responsibility and sustainability report. This latest emissions rate was about one-third the national utility average, the company says. The … Read more »
California raised $275.5 million selling greenhouse gas emissions permits in its fourth auction, with the state’s largest emitters paying a lower than expected $12.22 per metric ton for the right to release carbon this year. All 13.8 million available carbon allowances for use this year sold, the California Air Resources … Read more »
Pacific Gas & Electric has begun using a natural gas leak surveying technology that it says is 1,000 times more sensitive than traditional leak detection equipment, and has trained its first batch of five employees in using the new tools mounted on SUVs. The utility worked with Silicon Valley-based scientific … Read more »