News and Insights

Follow our News and Insights page for relevant industry updates including what's happening in sustainable utility technology and practical advice for California public agencies manging the transition to sustainable technology.

The Texas Power Crisis

A recent article regarding the February 2021 Texas electricity crisis of makes some interesting points about Texas that are pertinent to California. The article is “The Texas Power Crisis, New Home Construction, and Electric Heating,” 2/22/2021, by Lucas Davis, a Professor at the Haas School...
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Demand Response – Is it for you? (SPURR DR Series Follow Up)

Demand Response plays a vital role in supporting cleaner and more reliable electricity across California as our grid evolves. It also represents both savings and revenue opportunities for facilities that can participate. We hope you learned something from our email series that highlighted the main benefits...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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,...
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Demand Response – Someone Else Will Pay For It! (SPURR DR Series 1 of 3)

Did you know that in many cases you can have Automated Demand Response technology installed at your facilities at no cost to you? If you qualify, you could be set up and ready to enjoy an additional revenue stream for before next summer. For the time...
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