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School Districts Investigate “Community Wi-Fi” to Improve Access

School districts and cities are laying down the fiber cable and installing Wi-Fi access points, complete with modems and routers on light poles and traffic lights. Some are even becoming internet service providers themselves (ISP) — efforts, they say, that will make it easier to provide internet access to those who can’t afford it. Learn...

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Wildfires led to PG&E bankruptcy and increased rates. Should customers of other utilities be worried?

In early 2019, PG&E filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy after fires caused by its powerlines burned hundreds of thousands of acres in Northern California and led to more than 100 deaths. It paid out $25.5 billion to resolve its fire-related liabilities, and expects to spend $11.7 billion on strategies to mitigate wildfire risk. And now,...

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Demand Response – It’s Worth It! (SPURR DR Series 3 of 3)

With no upfront costs, now is the time to add Automated Demand Response to your energy management strategy. With little to no noticeable effect on your operations, you can generate significant revenue streams. ADR is an easy way to increase energy and cost savings by automating the energy controls of your choice, no matter what...

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Demand Response – It’s Not Hard! (SPURR DR Series 2 of 3)

Say goodbye to manual response and extra work. We enable flexible and practical ways to automate Demand Response while still being in control. Automated Demand Response is an easy way to increase energy and cost savings by automating the energy controls of your choice, no matter what industry sector you’re inIf you are interested in learning more about...

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Want to Make Energy-Efficient Improvements, but Need Help Financing?

Improving energy efficiency is a goal for virtually all public agencies in California — but many of those same agencies also view installing energy efficient equipment as cost-prohibitive. Want to make energy-efficient improvements, but need help financing? You may qualify for On-Bill Financing Program (OBF) programs, which are offered to most California electricity customers by their...

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SPURR Winning Solar Vendor Signs Agreements with City of Fresno

The City of Fresno has signed agreements with ForeFront Power, a California-based solar and energy storage developer, to implement renewable energy projects across the city. The city selected ForeFront Power for the projects based on the selection of ForeFront as the winning vendor in SPURR’s Renewable Energy Aggregated Procurement (REAP) Program. The City used the REAP Program...

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CPUC imposes largest ever penalty of $1.9B on PG&E for Northern California wildfires

The CPUC opened an official investigation into PG&E’s role in sparking wildfires in Northern California in mid-2019, after the agency’s safety division identified numerous instances in which the utility’s operations violated rules and regulations. The fires collectively burned hundreds of thousands of acres and led to 129 fatalities. Read more…

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Judge calls PG&E vegetation work ‘sloppy and unreliable,’ imposes new conditions on the utility

Vegetation management is part of wider wildfire mitigation efforts by PG&E. The utility has pushed back on Alsup’s insistence that it provide more details of its plans to expand its vegetation efforts, last month telling the judge it could not commit to contracting a specific number of tree-workers by a future date. Alsup also quizzed PG&E’s...

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Webinar: Renewable Energy Foundations

Due to COVID-19, our March 30th workshop at the CASBO conference for K-12 public school district business officials was cancelled. ForeFront Power, SPURR’s winning solar and energy storage vendor, and the SPURR team decided to convert the workshop into a webinar. SPURR Managing Director, Michael Rochman, was a speaker on this webinar. Whether you’re just starting...

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