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Biden grants PG&E $1.1 billion to keep Diablo Canyon nuclear plant open

The Biden administration on Monday said it’s providing Pacific Gas & Electric Co. with a $1.1 billion grant to help the company prevent the closure of Diablo Canyon, California’s last nuclear power plant. Diablo Canyon was originally scheduled to be decommissioned in two phases in...
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What is the SPURR Telecom & Networking program and how can it benefit you?

SPURR T&N Program Helps  Schools and Districts Save on Technology  Districts across California rely on SPURR to procure cost-effective, competitively-sourced technology and networking items. We deliver through combined buying power and expertise in the technologies that you need to serve your students and staff. This...
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LA School District Cyberattack

Joining other high-profile educational institutions hit by cyberattacks this year is the Los Angeles Unified School District. The district fell victim to an unprecedented cyberattack, which prompted major alarm across the country, “from urgent talks with the White House and the National Security Council after...
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Limits and Costs of Full Electrification

In October 2022, UC Berkeley’s Energy Institute at Haas published a paper on the limits and costs of “full” electrification, which means converting all energy services to electricity. The paper’s conclusion reads, in part: “Policies that move to target 100 percent electrification through rigid mandates...
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Natural-gas prices have more than doubled this year

On Sep 19, the Wall Street Journal published an article and video that addresses recent energy market increases. The gist of the article is: “Natural-gas prices have more than doubled this year because of a global supply shortage made worse by the war in Ukraine,...
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Sheep Are the Solar Industry’s Lawn Mowers of Choice

The laborious job of clearing weeds in solar-panel fields has triggered a welcome boom for American shepherds and their flocks.  Jobs clearing local flora under and around stretches of solar panels have triggered an unexpected boom for sheepherders, who have found work in the new...
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Recent cyberattacks highlight the vulnerability of California schools

Per Joe Hong at CalMatters: “While the Los Angeles Unified attack attracted the media spotlight, cyberattacks on school districts happen frequently nationwide. According to Emsisoft, a cybersecurity software company that tracks cyberattacks, there were 58 school districts and 1,681 schools across the country affected by...
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Who’s to blame for California’s high gas prices?

Per Dan Walters at CalMatter: “Rather, it’s been repeatedly demonstrated that California’s relatively high gas prices are largely, if not completely, explainable by unique factors such as the state’s particular refining recipe meant to minimize smog-producing emissions, its high taxes, and its overall high cost...
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