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The Economics Review
Ep. 109 - Katherine Blunt on The Fall of Pacific Gas and Electric

The Economics Review

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 1, 2022 25:03


Katherine Blunt covers renewable energy and utilities for The Wall Street Journal. Her team's reporting on PG&E has been honored with a Barlett & Steele award for business investigative journalism, the Thomas L. Stokes award for energy and environmental reporting, and was named a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in 2020. Her latest book is titled California Burning: The Fall of Pacific Gas and Electric- and What It Means for America's Power Grid.

Future of Mobility
(Repost) Neha Palmer | Terawatt – Scaling Commercial EV Charging Infrastructure

Future of Mobility

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 30, 2022 54:54


This is a repost of Episode 111, originally aired on July 17, 2022. This conversation is the 4th most popular Future of Mobility podcast in 2022. ... Neha Palmer is the CEO and co-founder of Terawatt Infrastructure, a company that's focused on scaling commercial EV charging infrastructure across the U.S. Key topics in this conversation include: The biggest challenges that need to be overcome while scaling commercial EV charging Neha's learnings from her previous role as Head of Energy Strategy at Google The complexity of integrated renewables into the grid How to design a reliable and sustainable charging hub Commons misconceptions about charging networks Links: Show notes: http://brandonbartneck.com/futureofmobility/AlexRodrigues https://www.linkedin.com/in/neha-palmer/ www.terawattinfrastructure.com Neha's bio: Neha Palmer is the CEO and co-founder of Terawatt Infrastructure, a company that's focused on scaling commercial EV charging infrastructure across the U.S. Neha previously served at the Head of Energy Strategy at Google where she led the development of electric infrastructure and electricity procurement for the global data center fleet, helping to make Google the first company of its size to achieve 100% renewable energy for operations. Previously, Neha held leadership roles at Pacific Gas and Electric, and worked as an investment banker at Goldman Sachs. Neha holds an MBA in Finance from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, and a B.S. in Civil Engineering from California Polytechnic State University at San Luis Obispo. About Terawatt TeraWatt Infrastructure provides permanent, durable solutions for the future of fleet transportation. The company designs, operates and owns electric vehicle charging hubs for fleet operations leveraging a robust combination of property assets, financing capabilities and deep energy expertise. With a business model based on well-established economics of renewable energy project development and a proven real estate strategy, Terawatt was founded, in the absence of anything like it, to be the nation's reliable, long-term partner in the inevitable transition to all-electric transportation. Future of Mobility: The Future of Mobility podcast is focused on the development and implementation of safe, sustainable, effective, and accessible mobility solutions, with a spotlight on the people and technology advancing these fields. linkedin.com/in/brandonbartneck/ brandonbartneck.com/futureofmobility/ Edison Manufacturing: At Edison Manufacturing, our specialty is building and assembling highly complex mobility products in annual quantities of ten to tens of thousands utilizing an agile, robust, and capital-light approach.

Detroit Today with Stephen Henderson
Michigan's decision regarding DTE rates, explained

Detroit Today with Stephen Henderson

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 21, 2022 52:03


A new DTE rate increase will go into effect, but it's not what was anticipated for consumers. DTE had wanted an additional $388 million — an increase of 8.8% for households — in annual revenue to maintain the energy grid. But they didn't get it. They were allowed a rate increase of less than 1 percent from a decision made by the Michigan Public Service Commission at a Friday meeting. That increase is the smallest approved for DTE in an electric rate case in at least a decade. The commission also directed DTE to offer more details about its low-income assistance program. Freelance reporter Tom Perkins joins the show to discuss what occurred, including why the service commission limited the rate increase suggested by DTE. Then, Katherine Blunt, a Wall Street Journal reporter and author of California Burning: The Fall of Pacific Gas and Electric and What it Means for America's Power Grid," stops by to provide further insight into how state oversight of utility companies work, including how California's system could be informative for the energy climate in Michigan.

Philip Teresi Podcasts
Monday 11/14 -Andy Field, Maicopa Co. & PG&E

Philip Teresi Podcasts

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 15, 2022 37:18


Andy Field, ABC News joins to share his take on the US election & what is going on with the Senate/House. With the victory of Senator Catherine Cortez Masto in Nevada, Democrats are celebrating retaining control of the Senate. Control of the House still leans Republican, but the majority looks to be slim as divisions arise within the party. In Maricopa County AZ, protesters at an election office demanded “the military step in” and redo the election. Many in the group echoed Trump's claim that he lost the 2020 election due to voter fraud. A protestor claimed Jan. 6 rioters are being “tortured in cages,” and more. The Fresno County Democratic Party filed a complaint based on comments made by Mayor Jerry Dyer at the Nov. 3 Fresno City Council meeting that he had spoken to all the supervisors, and they had agreed to support a study on whether to replace PG&E with a municipal utility. The Fresno County Board of Supervisors on Friday issued a statement denying that supervisors violated the Brown Act when they attended a news conference to discuss community concerns about Pacific Gas & Electric. A Colorado Springs father has stirred up a backlash among rock climbers after claiming his 8-year-old son became the youngest person to climb El Capitan, in Yosemite National Park.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

KMJ's Afternoon Drive
Monday 11/14 -Andy Field, Maicopa Co. & PG&E

KMJ's Afternoon Drive

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 15, 2022 37:18


Andy Field, ABC News joins to share his take on the US election & what is going on with the Senate/House. With the victory of Senator Catherine Cortez Masto in Nevada, Democrats are celebrating retaining control of the Senate. Control of the House still leans Republican, but the majority looks to be slim as divisions arise within the party. In Maricopa County AZ, protesters at an election office demanded “the military step in” and redo the election. Many in the group echoed Trump's claim that he lost the 2020 election due to voter fraud. A protestor claimed Jan. 6 rioters are being “tortured in cages,” and more. The Fresno County Democratic Party filed a complaint based on comments made by Mayor Jerry Dyer at the Nov. 3 Fresno City Council meeting that he had spoken to all the supervisors, and they had agreed to support a study on whether to replace PG&E with a municipal utility. The Fresno County Board of Supervisors on Friday issued a statement denying that supervisors violated the Brown Act when they attended a news conference to discuss community concerns about Pacific Gas & Electric. A Colorado Springs father has stirred up a backlash among rock climbers after claiming his 8-year-old son became the youngest person to climb El Capitan, in Yosemite National Park.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

KQED’s Forum
How Can PG&E Navigate Rising Costs, Extreme Weather, and Modernizing the Grid

KQED’s Forum

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 15, 2022 55:32


Wildfires and recording-breaking heat waves continue to pose huge challenges for Pacific Gas and Electric, the state's largest investor-owned utility. The company has undergone years of turmoil and legal trouble after its equipment sparked multiple wildfires including the 2018 Camp Fire that killed 85 people in Paradise. PG&E emerged from bankruptcy in 2020 and is now under new leadership, but how well the company can navigate safety concerns, corporate responsibility, and cost control after years of mismanagement remains uncertain. We take stock of PG&E and how the utility can move forward. Guests: Michael Wara, policy director for the Sustainability Accelerator at the Doerr School of Sustainability; director of the Climate and Energy Policy Program and senior research scholar at the Woods Institute for the Environment, Stanford University David Roberts, author and host of Volts, a newsletter and podcast about clean energy and politics Lily Jamali, senior reporter, Marketplace

The Charles Mizrahi Show
The Human Cost of Infrastructure Failure — Katherine Blunt

The Charles Mizrahi Show

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 8, 2022 48:02


Subscribe to Charles' Alpha Investor newsletter today: https://pro.banyanhill.com/m/2054150For 100 years, a metal hook held up wires and insulators along the Feather River Canyon, California. After a century's worth of wind, rain and snow wearing it down, it eventually broke in half.When the live wire fell, it ignited the dry brush below, setting off a huge wildfire. The fire spread with a speed that was absolutely impossible to contain, killing more than 100 people. And the fire razed hundreds of thousands of acres of vineyards and forest. In her latest book, California Burning: The Fall of Pacific Gas and Electric and What it Means for America's Power Grid, author Katherine Blunt shared with me the high human cost of our energy grid. Topics Discussed:An Introduction to Katherine Blunt (00:00:00)A Single Fire that Destroyed a California Town. (00:02:38)Huge Part of the Story: Climate Change (00:10:21)The Most Chilling 911 Call (00:15:14)Was There A Smoking Gun — A Warning Sign — That the Companies Ignored? (00:19:48)PGE Bankruptcy Times Two! (00:30:03)Guest Bio:Katherine is a reporter for the Wall Street Journal. She has written about utilities and renewable energy for the Journal since 2018.Her latest book is California Burning: The Fall of Pacific Gas and Electric and What it Means for America's Power Grid.In the book, Katherine explores the decline of California's largest utility company that led to countless wildfires — including the one that destroyed the town of Paradise — and the human cost of infrastructure failure.Resources Mentioned: California Burning: The Fall of Pacific Gas and Electric and What it Means for America's Power GridTranscript: https://charlesmizrahi.com/podcast/ Don't Forget To... • Subscribe to my podcast! • Download this episode to save for later • Liked this episode? Leave a kind review!

Free Range with Mike Livermore
Katherine Blunt on Energy and Wildfires

Free Range with Mike Livermore

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 2, 2022 61:13


On this episode of Free Range, Mike Livermore interviews Katherine Blunt, a journalist at the Wall Street Journal and the recent author of California Burning: The Fall of Pacific Gas and Electric and What it Means for America's Power Grid. The conversation begins with the book's narrative of criminal charges, with Blunt briefly describing the cast of characters and situations in the book that led to prosecutions for a violation of the Federal Pipeline Safety Act and 84 counts of involuntary manslaughter. The latter was one of the first situations in history in which a company was charged with homicide. (0:32-7:06) Even with these successful criminal prosecutions, many were left with a sense of dissatisfaction. (7:07-10:30) Livermore and Blunt discuss some of the moral complexities of collective criminal liability. (10:31 - 17:45) Blunt highlights the fact that the victims compensation fund is tied to the future stock price of the company; different types of penalties have the potential to weigh on the company's share price. The two also discuss the difficulty of recruiting new talent to work at a corporation when criminal liability may be at stake. (17:46 - 28:49) The two move to discuss broader policy issues, including how regulated utilities receive returns on capital but not operating and maintenance (O&M) expenses. Blunt believes that the company had significantly underspent on O&M with serious negative consequences. (28:50 - 33:59) Blunt discusses possibility that the charge given to PG&E — delivering safe, reliable, affordable, and clean energy — might be an impossible task. (34:00 - 41:21) The two shift to the topic of renewable energy. Blunt describes California's ambitious targets for carbon reduction. California's early investments in wind and solar helped create the economies of scale which made these forms of energy are affordable, but California's ratepayers paid billions of dollars for this power. (41:22 - 45:25) Livermore asks how people in California should feel about how this has all played out. Blunt responds that California's contribution to reducing carbon emissions is rightfully a point of pride. But as a leader in climate change efforts, California has incurred a real cost. (45:26- 49:29) Blunt then discusses the broader implications of the PG&E story. Utilities everywhere are going to have to confront new risks as a result of climate change. PG&E's story demonstrates that if any company has a narrative of mismanaging risk, it's going to be very challenging to get ahead of things. The consequences of the failure of the electric system are becoming greater, in both an acute and a broader sense. There are lessons here for every region of the country. (49:30 - 52:10) A question that comes out of the book is how bad PG&E's risk management practices were compared to other utilities in California. Blunt highlights the inherent tension between private interests and public good, which is present in every utility company. PG&E is hardly the only utility to mismanage that. Historically, PG&E's mismanagement has been more acute than others and the consequences have been much greater. (52:11 - 55:55) Blunt then turns to bigger picture questions of centralized versus distributed energy. In her view, distributed technology will play a role in how we generate and consume power and it has the potential to reduce the amount of large centralized infrastructure in the future. But, it is hard for her to foresee a future without a need for centralized generation and transmission carried over large distances. The model has a lot of challenges which are becoming more acute, but there is no great solution for a substantially different model. The only solution is to work within the parameters of what we have and make it better. (55:56 - 1:01:00)

Ray Appleton
Gary Bredefeld Makes A Post Presser Visit To The Ray Appleton Show. Reiner Says Pelosi Attack Is Trump's Doing. NBC News Walks Back 3rd Person In Pelosi House. Hillary Blames Republicans For Pelosi Attack

Ray Appleton

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 31, 2022 36:57


Councilmember Garry Bredefeld, Council Vice President Tyler Maxwell and Mayor Jerry Dyer held a press conference regarding this week's Council Agenda (sponsored by Bredefeld, Maxwell and Dyer) which seeks to hire a consultant to perform a feasibility study for the City of Fresno so that it can provide electricity to its residents in response to Pacific Gas and Electric's on-going failures to timely energize facilities in the city. PG&E's failures continue to adversely affect residents, the business community, schools and agriculture. The consultant will provide all options including the possibility of the City of Fresno forming its own District as is done in some other cities in California. Director, actor, and longtime Democrat activist Rob Reiner blamed former President Donald Trump for the recent attack on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's (D-CA) husband, Paul Pelosi, claiming it was “directly” tied to Trump challenging the legitimacy of the 2020 election. NBC News walked back a report Sunday that there was a third person in Paul Pelosi's home during the attack. Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton jumped on the bandwagon on Saturday, joining a number of liberal pundits and elected Democrats who blamed the Republican Party for an alleged violent attack on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's (D-CA) husband, Paul.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

The POWER Podcast
123. A Pillar in the Community and Collaborator Around the World: DLC Lights Pittsburgh

The POWER Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 25, 2022 17:52


The Duquesne Light Co. (DLC) may not be among the best-known electric power companies in the U.S., but for its customers in Allegheny and Beaver counties in southwestern Pennsylvania, the company has been a steady presence in the community for more than a century. “We are a Pittsburgh-based utility company. We've been in operation for over 140 years, serving the Pittsburgh area,” Kevin Walker, CEO of DLC, said as a guest on The POWER Podcast. “We are very entwined with our community, doing a lot of community service and corporate giving. And since we're a small but mighty utility, we know, live, and work with all of our customers. I see many customers in the supermarket and in the barber shop and those kinds of places. And so, I love to feel that we are really making an impact for the people we know and serve.” Pittsburgh was the site of the Global Clean Energy Action Forum (GCEAF) in late September. Delegates from around the world gathered at the event hosted by the U.S. Department of Energy and Carnegie Mellon University. It was the first time the GCEAF was held in the U.S. The three-day event featured high-level plenary sessions and topical roundtables with energy and science ministers, CEOs, and other experts and leaders (Figure 1). There were also various side events, technology demonstrations, and other activities throughout the week. Walker was a member of the host committee. “We're still riding the high off of that event. It was so exciting to have people from across the globe, here in Pittsburgh, really, to showcase the evolution and continuing evolution of Pittsburgh,” Walker said. “It was a great knowledge share both ways. We learned things from around the globe, as well as sharing our wisdom with folks around the globe.” Walker said innovation and creativity are in Pittsburgh's DNA, as is a willingness to collaborate. “I think that's our secret sauce here as a region—we really collaborate well and there's a low-to-no barrier to the folks helping each other,” he said. Walker felt the collaborative spirit extended to attendees from across the globe during the event and has continued even after the conference ended. DLC has collaborated with other power companies, too. In late July, for example, the company announced that Commonwealth Edison (ComEd), an Exelon Corporation unit, and Pacific Gas and Electric Co. (PG&E) had joined the first phase of DLC's public crowdsourcing innovation challenge, called “Monitoring Electrical Cable Challenge: The Future of Underground Inspection.” The challenge was devoted to creating a more reliable and safer underground electric network in the Pittsburgh region. With a total prize of $750,000, the challenge was shared with entrepreneurs, researchers, scientists, students, and more, and it drew submissions from around the world. ComEd and PG&E are collaborating with DLC in two areas: guiding the challenge finalists on solution testing and evaluating the phase-one results. The winning solution is expected to strengthen the underground electrical grid and improve worker and public safety in DLC's service territory, with the potential for further implementation in ComEd's and PG&E's networks. Yet, if you look at DLC's website, the first thing listed under its “About Us” heading is “Community,” and Walker seems well-focused on that aspect. “We just really have this giving spirit and we want to be an important partner for our community,” he said. Part of that includes charitable giving, while addressing social and economic inequities, workforce development, and sustainable communities also play a role. DLC has also made efforts to improve supplier diversity and work with more local suppliers. “Oftentimes, we have national and even international diverse suppliers. That is good, but it doesn't put money back into our community. So, we're happy and proud with the advancements we've made there,” Walker said.

Craig Peterson's Tech Talk
How Your iPhone Can Be Hacked - IRS Warns of “Industrial Scale” Smishing surge - Crypto Scams Soar - Morgan Stanley fined millions - Why Nuclear Power is (quietly) making a big comeback

Craig Peterson's Tech Talk

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 8, 2022 86:27


How Your iPhone Can Be Hacked - IRS Warns of “Industrial Scale” Smishing surge - Crypto Scams Soar - Morgan Stanley fined millions - Why Nuclear Power is (quietly) making a big comeback Cyber… Can your iPhone be hacked? What we know about iOS security https://www.welivesecurity.com/2022/09/19/can-iphone-be-hacked-what-know-ios-security/ How can an iPhone be hacked? Sideloaded apps Fake apps in the App Store Calendar invites Configuration profiles How can you tell if your iPhone has been hacked? Battery levels Data Strange “things” ++++++++ IRS Warns of “Industrial Scale” Smishing surge https://www.infosecurity-magazine.com/news/irs-warns-of-industrial-scale/ The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has warned US taxpayers of an “exponential” increase in text-based phishing attempts and urged users to report campaigns to help the government disrupt them. Spoofed to appear as if sent from the IRS, these text messages often use lures like fake COVID relief, tax credits or help setting up an IRS online account. ++++++++ Crypto Scams Soar https://www.infosecurity-magazine.com/news/crypto-scams-soar-as-domains-surge/ Cryptocurrency scams are set to explode after researchers detected a 335% increase in registered domains in the first half of 2022. Although most fake sites target English and Spanish speakers, 63% were registered with Russian registrars. ++++++++ Ransomware Affiliates Adopt Data Destruction https://www.infosecurity-magazine.com/news/ransomware-affiliates-adopt-data/ Ransomware affiliates appear to be dabbling with new data destruction capabilities to evade detection, increase their chances of getting paid and minimize the opportunities for developing decrypter tools. In this tool version, the attacker attempts to corrupt files in the victim's system following filtration rather than encrypt them as usual. ++++++++ Morgan Stanley fined millions for selling off devices full of customer Personal Information https://nakedsecurity.sophos.com/2022/09/23/morgan-stanley-fined-millions-for-selling-off-devices-full-of-customer-pii/ Morgan Stanley, which bills itself in its website title tag as the “global leader in financial services” and states in the opening sentence of its main page that “clients come first,” has been fined $35,000,000 by the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC)… …for selling off old hardware devices online, including thousands of disk drives still loaded with personally identifiable information (PII) belonging to its clients. ++++++++ Power… Why Nuclear Power is (quietly) making a big comeback all around the world https://fee.org/articles/why-nuclear-power-is-quietly-making-a-big-comeback-all-around-the-world/ In California, France, Japan, Germany, and beyond, nuclear power is suddenly all the rage. Gov. Gavin Newsom spearheaded an eleventh-hour effort to pass legislation to extend a lifeline to Diablo Canyon. This 2,250-megawatt nuclear plant supplies 8 percent of the energy produced in the Golden State. Under pressure from lawmakers and environmental activists, the Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) agreed in 2016 to decommission Diablo when its operating licenses expire in 2024 and 2025. But in light of the recent energy policy environment, California lawmakers had second thoughts.

Energy News Beat Podcast
ENB #80 We talk to Kathrine Blunt about California Burning - Can we learn from the past to shape the future? A must read to understand California Energy

Energy News Beat Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 7, 2022 0:56


This was a great discussion with Kathrine Blunt, WSJ Energy Author's new book about the Fall of Pacific Gas and Electric and What it Means for America's Power Grid. Kathrine's book is extremely well written and is a must for anybody wanting to understand the energy markets in California.We can learn a lot from the past; to do that, we must have more investigative reporters like Kathrine. Please buy the book "California Burning" and prepare her possible book on the Texas freeze.Katherine Blunt covers renewable energy and utilities for The Wall Street Journal. Her team's reporting on PG&E has been honored with a Barlett & Steele award for business investigative journalism, the Thomas L. Stokes award for energy and environmental reporting,

KQED's The California Report
PG&E Faces Criminal Investigation For Possibly Starting Mosquito Fire

KQED's The California Report

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 27, 2022 16:20


Pacific Gas and Electric says it's facing a criminal investigation, for possibly starting the state's largest wildfire so far this year. The company says in a new filing with federal securities regulators that the US Forest Service has reached an "initial assessment" that the fire started near a PG&E line. Reporter: Dan Brekke, KQED   Affordable housing is hard to come by for most Californians. In Sacramento, there's also a severe lack of affordable housing for low-income seniors. But construction is underway to help ease that shortage. Reporter: Chris Nichols, CapRadio  When we hear about homeowners in trouble or losing their homes, it's usually a story about foreclosure. But there's another process that can penalize homeowners – and sometimes result in people losing their homes. That process is called receivership. A new investigation from The Sacramento Bee found a company called the Bay Area Receivership Group has left some homeowners staring at massively excessive fees and forced them out of their homes. Guest: Theresa Clift, Reporter, Sacramento Bee A new study shows that a fault system running through coastal LA and Orange counties has the potential to produce a far more powerful earthquake than was previously known. Reporter: Darrell Satzman, KCRW Some advocates, who backed a bill that would have required children to attend kindergarten in California, say they're surprised the legislation was recently vetoed by Governor Gavin Newsom. Reporter: Amanda Stupi, The California Report

Commonwealth Club of California Podcast
California Burning: The Fall of Pacific Gas and Electric—and What It Means for America's Power Grid

Commonwealth Club of California Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 24, 2022 61:54


Author Katherine Blunt provides what is being called a "revelatory, urgent narrative with national implications," exploring the decline of California's largest utility company that led to countless wildfires—including the one that destroyed the town of Paradise—and the human cost of infrastructure failure Pacific Gas and Electric was a legacy company built by innovators and visionaries, establishing California as a desirable home and economic powerhouse. In California Burning, Wall Street Journal reporter and Pulitzer finalist Katherine Blunt examines how that legacy fell apart—unraveling a long history of deadly failures in which PG&E endangered millions of Northern Californians, through criminal neglect of its infrastructure. She says that as PG&E prioritized profits and politics, power lines went unchecked—until a rusted hook purchased for 56 cents in 1921 split in two, sparking the deadliest wildfire in California history. Beginning with PG&E's public reckoning after the Paradise fire, Blunt chronicles the evolution of PG&E's shareholder base, from innovators who built some of California's first long-distance power lines to aggressive investors keen on reaping dividends. Following key players through pivotal decisions and legal battles, California Burning reveals the forces Blunt says shaped the plight of PG&E: deregulation and market-gaming led by Enron Corp., an unyielding push for renewable energy, and a swift increase in wildfire risk throughout the West, while regulators and lawmakers pushed their own agendas. MLF ORGANIZER Andrew Dudley NOTES SPEAKERS Katherine Blunt Reporter, The Wall Street Journal; Finalist, 2020 Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting; Recipient, Gerald Loeb Award Andrew Dudley Co-Host and Producer, Earth Live; Chair, People & Nature Member-Led Forum, The Commonwealth Club of California—Moderator We are currently hosting all of our live programming via YouTube live stream. This program was recorded live on September 12th, 2022 by the Commonwealth Club of California. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

City Visions
Uncertain Future of San Francisco's Fog / WSJ's Katherine Blunt on Rise and Fall of PG&E / Oakland International Film Festival

City Visions

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 22, 2022 59:06


Author and Wall Street Journal reporter Katherine Blunt discusses her new book “California Burning: The Fall of Pacific Gas and Electric—And What It Means for America's Power Grid.” We'll also hear from New York Times reporter John Branch about the uncertain future of San Francisco's fog and learn about the Oakland International Film Festival.

City Visions
Uncertain Future of San Francisco's Fog / WSJ's Katherine Blunt on Rise and Fall of PG&E / Oakland International Film Festival

City Visions

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 21, 2022 59:06


Author and Wall Street Journal reporter Katherine Blunt discusses her new book “California Burning: The Fall of Pacific Gas and Electric—And What It Means for America's Power Grid.” We'll also hear from New York Times reporter John Branch about the uncertain future of San Francisco's fog and learn about the Oakland International Film Festival.

PR Hangover
Bill Imada & The Future for Public Relations Practitioners

PR Hangover

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 20, 2022 36:33


Bill is founder, chairman and chief connectivity officer of IW Group, a minority-­‐ owned and operated advertising, marketing and communications agency focusing on the growing multicultural markets. For more than 25 years, Bill has represented some of the top domestic and global companies, including American Airlines, Coca-­‐Cola, Fox, General Motors, Godiva Chocolatier, Lexus, McDonald's, Nissan North America, Pacific Gas & Electric Company, Southern California Edison, Toyota Motor Sales, USA, Inc., Verizon, Walt Disney Imagineering, Warner Bros. Pictures, Walmart Stores, Westfield Malls and many others. His areas of expertise include advertising, branding, multicultural communications, marketing, crises management, partnership marketing and public relations. The IW Group is part of two international networks: Interpublic Group of Companies (IPG) and Worldcom PR Group. Both networks have international affiliates worldwide. To learn more about the IW Group and Bill and his team, visit: https://www.iwgroup.agency/ Connect with Bill: https://www.linkedin.com/in/bill-imada-2b90544/ Want to be featured on the show? Connect with Olivia: https://www.linkedin.com/in/oliviadolley/

KCBS Radio In Depth
Tracing the roots of PG&E's many disasters

KCBS Radio In Depth

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 17, 2022 27:47


The recent history of Pacific Gas and Electric has been riddled with foreseeable disasters and preventable tragedies. On this edition of KCBS In Depth, we discuss how it is that PG&E's reputation has become synonymous with negligence and calamity, and we also consider the company's latest efforts to turn things around.  Guest: Katherine Blunt, energy reporter, The Wall Street Journal | author, “California Burning: The Fall of Pacific Gas and Electric — and What It Means for America's Power Grid” Host: Keith Menconi 

California Sun Podcast
Katherine Blunt on the fall of PG&E

California Sun Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 14, 2022 25:15


Katherine Blunt, a reporter for the Wall Street Journal, has led much of the coverage that has revealed the repeated failures of Pacific Gas and Electric. In her new book, "California Burning," and in this week's podcast, she looks at the unique structure of public utilities and how PG&E went from an innovative company run by engineers to a culture of dollars first, safety last. She examines what deregulation did to the company, the companies two bankruptcies, and the risks the company still poses to citizens and ratepayers.

The Ricochet Audio Network Superfeed
Federalist Radio Hour: Lessons From California And The Slow Fall Of PG&E

The Ricochet Audio Network Superfeed

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 12, 2022


On this episode of The Federalist Radio Hour, Katherine Blunt, author and energy reporter at The Wall Street Journal, joins Federalist Culture Editor Emily Jashinsky to discuss her new book “California Burning: The Fall of Pacific Gas and Electric– and What It Means For America’s Power Grid.” You can find Blunt’s book here: https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/670012/california-burning-by-katherine-blunt/

The Federalist Radio Hour
Lessons From California And The Slow Fall Of PG&E

The Federalist Radio Hour

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 12, 2022 32:33


On this episode of The Federalist Radio Hour, Katherine Blunt, author and energy reporter at The Wall Street Journal, joins Federalist Culture Editor Emily Jashinsky to discuss her new book "California Burning: The Fall of Pacific Gas and Electric– and What It Means For America's Power Grid."You can find Blunt's book here: https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/670012/california-burning-by-katherine-blunt/

TechNation Radio Podcast
Episode 22-37 Long Covid – Biotech is working on it

TechNation Radio Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 10, 2022 59:00


On this week's Tech Nation, Moira speaks with Dr. Jeffrey Cleland, the President & CEO of Ashvattha Therapeutics, about their drug development efforts to treat Long Covid. Then Dr. Greg Frost, the Chair and CEO of Exuma Biotech, tells us about their work to speed up CAR-T – from 4-6 weeks to just a few hours, and a second delivery method – programming a virus to produce the treatment protein needed. Just a simple injection under the skin. Finally, Wall Street Journal reporter Katherine Blunt with “California Burning … The Fall of Pacific Gas and Electric – and What It Means for America's Power Grid”. What's causing many of those California wildfires? Aging Technology.

The Roundtable
"California Burning: The Fall of Pacific Gas and Electric And What It Means for America's Power Grid" by Katherine Blunt

The Roundtable

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 9, 2022 13:57


Wall Street Journal energy reporter Katherine Blunt has been covering Pacific Gas and Electric and California's wildfires since 2018, and her reporting on the story has received numerous awards. In her new book: "California Burning: The Fall of Pacific Gas and Electric And What It Means for America's Power Grid," Blunt expands on her investigative work to expose how PG&E endangered the lives of millions of Californians.

KPCW Cool Science Radio
Cool Science Radio | September 8, 2022

KPCW Cool Science Radio

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 8, 2022 50:55


Today on Cool Science Radio hosts John Wells and Lynn Ware Peek's guests include:(0:56) Michael Kim, Chief Information Officer at a company called MultiPlan that develops artificial intelligence that uses machine learning to lower healthcare costs by reducing out-of-network claims and cost burdens.Then Pulitzer Prize finalist (26:00) Katherine Blunt who has written California Burning: The Fall of Pacific Gas and Electric -and what it means for America's Power Grid. In the book she adresses Pacific Gas & Electric's Infrastructure failure and the connection to California fires.

C.O.B. Tuesday
"Disasters Happen As A Result Of Tiny Decisions" Featuring Katherine Blunt, Reporter and Author of "California Burning"

C.O.B. Tuesday

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 7, 2022 53:28


We hope you had a safe and restful Labor Day weekend. For this week's COBT, we had the pleasure of hosting  Katherine Blunt, Renewables and Utilities Reporter for The Wall Street Journal and Author of recently-released "California Burning: The Fall of Pacific Gas and Electric and What it Means for America's Power Grid," published just last week. Katherine was quickly thrown into covering the PG&E story in 2018 as the Camp Fire erupted three days after she started. Since then, she has investigated PG&E's complete history to understand all the contributing factors to that tragic and devastating fire. It's a complicated story with serious consequences and her book is a straightforward and insightful examination of not only the fire, but America's power history. Her well-received new book also contains many implications for utilities across the country. In our discussion, we touch on key themes in "California Burning" including the formation of monopoly companies supplying power to California in the early 1900s, the lack of maintenance on nearly 100-year-old equipment which was the catalyst to the fire, the people and infrastructure involved in California's electric power system, PG&E's bankruptcy and restructuring program, the negotiated settlement for fire victims, public perceptions of PG&E, reactions to the book, the pressures utilities face to keep expenses low, PG&E's nuclear asset Diablo Canyon, and more. PG&E has declared the book will be required reading for employees, a promising declaration as they work to bury ten thousand miles of distribution lines and mitigate fire risk for the future. The book is very well written, Katherine was a fantastic guest, and we all feel much more informed. Thank you, Katherine!The Veriten team quickly hit a few key points to start the show:  Mike Bradley reported live from the Barclay's CEO Energy-Power Conference in New York and touched on early conference themes, market volatility, recent deal activity and news, and a recent California law on EV production and implications on power generation.  Colin Fenton flagged lithium prices, Russian gas flows into Europe, Iranian crude oil exports, and prepared us for the discussion with Katherine looking at California-Oregon border and Palo Verde power prices.  As always, thank you for your support and friendship!

The Realignment
283 | California at the Epicenter of America's New Energy Crisis - Katherine Blunt on the Fall of PG&E, the Grid, and New Energy Sources

The Realignment

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 2, 2022 40:34


Subscribe to The Realignment on Supercast to support the show and access all of our bonus content: https://realignment.supercast.com/.REALIGNMENT NEWSLETTER: https://therealignment.substack.com/BOOKSHOP: https://bookshop.org/shop/therealignmentEmail us at: realignmentpod@gmail.comKatherine Blunt, Wall Street Journal reporter and author of California Burning: The Fall of Pacific Gas and Electric - and What It Means for America's Power Grid, joins The Realignment to discuss the challenge of fixing the nation's overstrained and outmoded power grid, the role of utilities in the wildfire epidemic, and the new energy challenges facing America in the 2020s.

The Morning Show with Nikki Medoro Podcast
Nikki Medoro - Relying on PG&E to be Efficient and Growth-Oriented with Their History of Crises

The Morning Show with Nikki Medoro Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 1, 2022 32:01


Wall Street Journal energy reporter Katherine Blunt has been covering Pacific Gas and Electric and California's wildfires since 2018 and she tells the Morning Show with Nikki Medoro about her new book, "California Burning:The Fall of Pacific Gas and Electric--And What it Means for America's Power Grid". A discussion follows about the ability to transition to cleaner energy and if it's a realistic goal for everyone.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

KGO 810 Podcast
Nikki Medoro - Relying on PG&E to be Efficient and Growth-Oriented with Their History of Crises

KGO 810 Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 1, 2022 32:01


Wall Street Journal energy reporter Katherine Blunt has been covering Pacific Gas and Electric and California's wildfires since 2018 and she tells the Morning Show with Nikki Medoro about her new book, "California Burning:The Fall of Pacific Gas and Electric--And What it Means for America's Power Grid". A discussion follows about the ability to transition to cleaner energy and if it's a realistic goal for everyone.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

KQED’s Forum
‘California Burning' Documents Fall of PG&E

KQED’s Forum

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 29, 2022 55:30


“It's hard to say exactly when PG&E Corporation began to fall,” writes Wall Street Journal energy reporter Katherine Blunt. But the deep decline of the state's largest utility was hardly more apparent than in the aftermath of the 2018 Camp Fire, the blaze ignited by PG&E's deteriorated equipment that killed 85 people and destroyed the Northern California town of Paradise. Blunt's new book “California Burning” explains how the Camp Fire exposed the utility's systemic problems — including chronic mismanagement and criminal neglect of its infrastructure — and why PG&E's failures are not just a California story, but a cautionary tale for the entire nation's power grid. Guests: Katherine Blunt, energy reporter, Wall Street Journal; author, "California Burning: The Fall of Pacific Gas and Electric—And What It Means for America's Power Grid"

Luke Ford
More Accurate Hypotheses About Life Reduce Anxiety & Prediction Error (8-25-22)

Luke Ford

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 26, 2022 105:45


2:00 Tucker Carlson mocks the Trump covid vaccine 08:00 The Trait That ‘Super Friends' Have in Common, https://www.theatlantic.com/family/archive/2022/08/making-keeping-friends-attachment-theory-styles/671222/ 19:00 The Cynical Genius Illusion: Exploring and Debunking Lay Beliefs About Cynicism and Competence, https://lukeford.net/blog/?p=144737 32:00 Economic Freedom Fighters singing ‘Kill the Boer' ruled not hate speech, https://mg.co.za/top-six/2022-08-25-malema-economic-freedom-front-singing-kill-the-boer-ruled-not-hate-speech/ 38:00 Tucker Carlson talks to Andrew Tate 43:30 The Brain has a Mind of its Own: Attachment, Neurobiology and the New Science of Psychotherapy, https://lukeford.net/blog/?p=144734 1:02:00 Nick Fuentes & Destiny Hangout IRL ft Wife Pt. 2 (Jewish Fan Shows Up) 1:38:00 Are Clown Candidates Ruining the GOP? 1:40:00 Inside the Investigation That Secured a Guilty Plea for 84 Wildfire Deaths, https://www.wsj.com/articles/how-the-deadliest-wildfire-in-california-history-led-to-a-guilty-plea-from-pg-e-11661436002?mod=hp_lead_pos5 1:41:00 California Burning: The Fall of Pacific Gas and Electric—and What It Means for America's Power Grid, https://www.katherineblunt.com/articles https://www.outsidethebeltway.com/masking-and-endemic-covid/ https://www.wsj.com/articles/pension-funds-are-selling-their-office-buildings-11661381460?mod=hp_lead_pos13 https://www.nytimes.com/2022/08/25/style/bright-lights-big-city-niche-fame.html https://mg.co.za/top-six/2022-08-25-malema-economic-freedom-front-singing-kill-the-boer-ruled-not-hate-speech/ https://www.nytimes.com/2022/08/24/technology/google-search-misinformation.html https://www.inverse.com/article/55503-where-serial-killers-and-psychopaths-work-top-10-types-of-careers https://www.nytimes.com/2022/08/24/opinion/seattle-homeless-solutions.html https://www.nytimes.com/2022/08/24/opinion/us-democracy-trump.html https://www.smerconish.com/exclusive-content/trump-was-a-symptom-not-the-disease-and-its-become-a-global-pandemic https://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2022/08/alex-berenson-twitter-ban-lawsuit-covid-misinformation/671219/ How to Solve a Cold Case: And Everything Else You Wanted To Know About Catching Killers, https://lukeford.net/blog/?p=144694 https://www.zerohedge.com/political/penn-medical-school-expands-minority-candidate-program-does-not-require-mcat Rigged by Mollie Hemingway, https://lukeford.net/blog/?p=144576 https://www.nytimes.com/2022/08/23/us/politics/food-insecurity-biden-stimulus.html https://time.com/5936036/secret-2020-election-campaign/ https://www.nytimes.com/2022/08/22/us/mass-shootings-mental-illness.html https://www.nytimes.com/2022/08/22/style/quitting-personal-finances.html https://www.nbcnews.com/pop-culture/viral/internet-cant-stop-talking-andrew-tate-tiktok-rcna42744 https://www.nytimes.com/2022/08/21/technology/google-surveillance-toddler-photo.html https://www.washingtonpost.com/national-security/interactive/2022/ukraine-road-to-war/?itid=hp_temp3-ukraine https://www.wsj.com/articles/a-bumbling-biden-fails-the-monkeypox-test-covid-trump-vaccines-jynneos-stockpile-rct-doses-smallpox-medicine-public-health-treatment-11661108794?mod=opinion_lead_pos5 https://www.washingtonpost.com/national-security/interactive/2022/ukraine-road-to-war/?itid=hp_temp3-ukraine https://www.wsj.com/articles/trumps-supporters-detractors-are-mirror-images-mar-a-lago-search-fbi-investigations-law-personality-cult-candidates-complicity-11660919395?mod=opinion_lead_pos11 https://www.respectfulinsolence.com/2022/08/08/is-the-lab-leak-conspiracy-theory-dead/ https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2022-08-22/coming-to-la-without-a-car https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/2022/08/19/lisa-laflamme-canada-ctv-debate-sexism-ageism/

PLMA Load Management Dialogue
California's DR Emerging Technologies Collaborative Uses Smart Speakers to Interact with Residential Customers

PLMA Load Management Dialogue

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 26, 2022 60:22


In 2021, Southern California Edison (SCE), San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) and Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) completed a coordinated trio of projects, under the “Demand Response Emerging Technologies (DRET) Collaborative,” effectively demonstrating that smart speakers offer a highly promising channel for utilities to reach residential customers and facilitate beneficial changes in the way they use energy. The three utilities each used “smart speakers” as a voice-activated gateway to create an intuitive interface between the smart speakers, the utility, in-home connected smart appliances, and the customer. The voice-activated assistant created a pathway for two-way instantaneous verbal communication between the utility and the customer about energy usage, outages, and alerts. It also made it possible for customers to manage their own smart devices at home to maximize energy savings without having to individually control or program each end use. Join us and our utility guest speakers to learn more about this award-winning initiative.

KGET 17 News
17 News @ Sunrise 08/10/2022

KGET 17 News

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 10, 2022 13:28


Top Stories- An inmate is on the run this morning after escaping KCSO custody yesterday- The trial over Pacific Gas and Electric's 2015 pipeline explosion continues today- The man who punched radio host Ralph Bailey in the face and shattered his jaw was sentenced yesterday to two years in prison

KGET 17 News
17 News @ Sunrise 08/09/2022

KGET 17 News

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 9, 2022 14:26


Top Stories- A joint task force arrested an inmate on the run last night, just a day after he walked away from a re-entry facility- A suspect is in custody after reportedly returning to the scene of an attempted robbery and shooting at a KCSO deputy- A Bakersfield family is suing Pacific Gas and Electric, blaming the utility for the 2015 gas pipeline explosion at Wible and Houghton roads

Insider's Guide to Energy
Episode 82 – Katherine Blunt talks PG&E and Camp Fire California

Insider's Guide to Energy

Play Episode Play 47 sec Highlight Listen Later Jul 31, 2022 46:42 Transcription Available


This week Chris and Johan are joined by Katherine Blunt, the author of California Burining: The Fall of Pacific Gas and Electric—and What It Means for America's Power Grid. In the book, Blunt chronicles the evolution of PG&E's shareholder base, from innovators who built some of California's first long-distance power lines to aggressive investors keen on reaping dividends. The three discuss the history of the PG&E company and how the company was somewhat accountable for the California Camp Fire incident. Listen in to hear more about the book and the less glorious parts of the energy industry.   To pre-order the book:  https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/670012/california-burning-by-katherine-blunt/  

KZYX News
Regulatory agency approves reduced flows through Potter Valley Project

KZYX News

Play Episode Listen Later Jul 30, 2022 6:28


July 29, 2022 — This week, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued two decisions that water interests in the Eel and Russian River watersheds have been waiting on for months. On Wednesday, the Commission approved a drastic reduction in the flow of water through the Potter Valley hydropower project into the East Branch of the Russian River. As of 2:00 yesterday afternoon, the water coming out of Lake Pillsbury started to be reduced from 75 cubic feet per second to five cfs. The Potter Valley Irrigation District will continue to receive up to 50 cfs on demand. PG&E still owns the project, though it recently submitted a 30-month schedule for decommissioning, which FERC approved. PG&E argued that it needed to reduce the flow in order to preserve the infrastructure at Lake Pillsbury, as well as cold water pools at the bottom of the reservoir for fish habitat. The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), declared that if the water levels in the lake went down below 30,000 acre feet, the water would get too hot for juvenile salmonids. Though there is no fish ladder at Scott Dam, which impounds Lake Pillsbury, there is a needle valve at the bottom of the dam. The valve releases water into the 12-mile section of the Eel River between Lake Pillsbury and the van Arsdale Reservoir, near the diversion tunnel that directs the water into the Russian River. Charlie Schneider is the coordinator with the Salmon and Steelhead Coalition, a partnership among Trout Unlimited, California Trout, and the Nature Conservancy. He said early models indicated that, in order to preserve the cold water pools, the variance should have been implemented by July 15. “We're glad the variance was finally approved, but I think we need to better understand and look at those models to really see what's going to happen later this summer,” he said; “to see if it is in fact too late.” He added that conservationists are interested in preserving the 30,000 acre-feet of storage in Lake Pillsbury because in “big, deep reservoirs, the water stratifies, and the water in bottom part of the dam is cooler than the water at the top…the more water you're able to retain in there, the more cold water there is in the bottom of the lake. And that's the water that gets released from the low-level outlet. So it's really about preserving water temperature in that 12-mile reach between Scott and Cape Horn dams, making sure that water's a cool enough temperature to be habitable for salmonids.” Elizabeth Salomone, General Manager of the Mendocino County Russian River Flood Control and Water Conservation Improvement District, expects drastic changes for human water users on the other side of the diversion tunnel. “It's unusual for curtailments to cut into what we call the pre-1914 grouping,” she noted. “We do expect the curtailments to cut back into that pre-1914 category. But we won't know for sure until the State Water Board issues their findings and curtailment notices.” Salomone expects the state will allow Upper Russian River water users enough water to meet human health and safety needs, which is 55 gallons per person per day. Some urban water suppliers have other sources, including groundwater or recycled water. And some farmers as well as urban centers have contracts to divert stored water from Lake Mendocino. “So not everyone will go completely without water,” she concluded. The Commission also delivered an ambiguous opinion refuting the claims of environmental groups that the Commission has the authority to amend the Potter Valley Project's new annual license to include more protection measures for wildlife. The license for the Project expired on April 14. Within days, a group of conservationists and fishermen filed a 60-day notice of intent to sue PG&E under the Endangered Species Act. At the time, Redgie Collins, the Legal and Policy Director for California Trout, one of the coalition threatening the lawsuit, said that with the expiration of the license, PG&E “can no longer harm, harass, directly kill or injure salmon or steelhead at their project site.” The group wanted a new round of improved mitigation measures, arguing that the Commission had discretion over whether or not it granted the annual license. The Commission rejected that argument, saying that it was required to issue an annual license after the old one expired. And, while it also denied the coalition's call for an Endangered Species Act consultation, it did consult with NMFS to require PG&E to monitor water in parts of the Eel River and Lake Pillsbury. The utility must pay for two state programs to monitor salmon on the mainstem and middle fork of the Eel River for a period of time. It's also required to continue collecting data on water quality in Lake Pillsbury and provide that data to NMFS, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, U.S. Fish and Wildlife, and the Round Valley Indian Tribes. These are the four entities that PG&E consulted before making its request for the reduction. The Commission also disagreed with a slew of comments by Russian River water users complaining that PG&E was required to consult a drought working group composed of a wide array of stakeholders before requesting such a drastic change in the flows. The Commission wrote that “Establishment of and consultation with the Drought Working Group is not a license requirement; however the Commission encourages licensees to consult with stakeholders and to consider their interests when developing plans for Commission approval.” However, the Commission is now requiring PG&E to consult with the drought working group as it implements the reduction. Theoretically, the flows could be increased to 25 cfs. But the final decision will be left up to the four entities that supported the reduction to 5 cfs. Commissioner James Danly concurred with the Commission's decisions, but asked if it was fair to require ratepayers to finance the studies. Schneider thinks the solution is simple.“You know, he's sort of complaining about new operational measures while PG&E is no longer seeking to operate the project,” he reflected. “But the way to solve that is to get your facilities out of the river. Right? To get your dams out of the river, and then there won't be operational measures for you to need to comply with. He's sort of arguing like, oh, you guys should just let PG&E kill fish while they're decommissioning this project. You shouldn't worry about it. But we actually care about fish every year. Over the next couple of years while they're decommissioning this project, we want to make sure these fish are in good shape.” Danly wrote that he thinks “the Commission should ask the following: is it “reasonable” to require Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) — that is, California ratepayers — to pay to comply with new operational measures that are not required by law for a project that PG&E no longer seeks to operate? One must also bear in mind that compliance typically does not immediately follow an order's issuance. Orders requiring compliance frequently entail compliance plans which can take years to develop, review, and approve.” But Schneider called out the commissioner by name. “You're the people that can tell them to do it faster, FERC. Danly,” he exclaimed. “They take years. It's like, yeah, because you let them take years!” Cooperation in the allocation of water rights, often referred to as the California water wars, is rare. But on July 1, the state approved a first-of-its kind voluntary program in the upper Russian River, where senior water rights holders agreed to share their water with juniors. That program is contingent on project water that won't be available under the reduced flows, but Salomone remains optimistic. “About half of the water that's represented in water rights in the Upper Russian River signed up for the program,” she reported. “That's significant. That is a fantastic result for a pilot project. So what will happen now is that the program will essentially go on pause. It won't be canceled, it will just be on pause. It continues to be a participation tool. All of the participants will receive information on their water allocation, for which most of them, it will now go to zero. But as soon as conditions change, let's say we get a nice big rainstorm in October, or maybe even September, then the participants will be notified and their water allocation will go up as appropriate. So I am really proud of our Upper Russian River folks. This was a grassroots stakeholder-built program that took about two years to put together. And we are sticking with it, even if we have to hit the pause button. We're going to use it as a permanent tool in our toolbox, I hope.”

The POWER Podcast
118. Community Choice Aggregation Provides Renewable Energy at Reduced Costs

The POWER Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Jul 21, 2022 20:31


Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) programs have become quite prominent in communities across California, and have begun to spring up in other states including Illinois, Massachusetts, and Ohio. Through CCA, communities can purchase electricity on behalf of residents and businesses, in place of investor-owned utilities such as Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E), San Diego Gas & Electric, and Southern California Edison. The California Community Choice Association claims local governments in more than 200 towns, cities, and counties across California have chosen to participate in CCA to “meet climate action goals, provide residents and businesses with more energy options, ensure local transparency and accountability, and drive economic development.” The association says there are currently 24 operational CCA programs in California serving more than 11 million customers, and it expects those numbers to continue growing. One of the places where CCA is providing benefits is in the San Francisco Bay area. East Bay Community Energy (EBCE), a not-for-profit public agency, operates a CCA program for Alameda County and 14 incorporated cities, serving more than 1.7 million residential and commercial customers in the area. EBCE initiated service in June 2018 and expanded to the cities of Pleasanton, Newark, and Tracy in April 2021. As a guest on The POWER Podcast, Nick Chaset, CEO of EBCE, explained some of the benefits his agency provides to customers. “There are three categories of benefits that we really focus on. One is cost savings. So, since we started operations in 2018, we have delivered upwards of $30 million in bill savings to our customers, relative to what the cost of electricity from PG&E would have been, if they had stayed on that service,” he said. “The second is clean energy. So, we have delivered higher levels of renewables over the course of our operations, on average. Since we started operating in 2018, I believe we're somewhere in that 5–7% more renewable range—and that can be more or less than that average depending on how much renewable energy PG&E ends up actually buying—but on average, it's been in that 5–7% more renewable.” The third thing Chaset said really differentiates EBCE from not only incumbent utilities, but also from some other community energy agencies is its emphasis and focus on investing in clean energy locally. In September 2021, EBCE commenced commercial operation of the Scott Haggerty Wind Energy Center, a 57-MW facility with 23 wind turbines located in Livermore, California, a community EBCE serves. It expects the wind farm to power more than 47,000 homes in its district. Beyond that, EBCE is doing several other projects to enhance local energy systems. “We are also building virtual power plant projects that integrate just over 1,000 residential solar and storage systems to provide consumers both clean energy and resiliency, and provide us with batteries that we can use to meet our broader customer base's electricity demand,” Chaset said. “And we're also investing in programs like electric vehicle charging stations. So, we have two large, fast-charging stations that we're currently working to build and have plans to build a broader network of fast-charging stations across the 15 communities that we operate in.” Chaset suggested the nation could learn from California's experience. Specifically, he said policies created in California could be applied at a federal level. “Policy is a critical lever to supporting the clean energy transition,” he said. “I would focus today on federal actions that can have really significant impacts in accelerating not just renewable energy, but really accelerating cost-effective energy. And I say that because today solar power and wind power are the cheapest sources of electricity generation out there. And so, we want more clean and cheap electricity, and we have the opportunity to accelerate that through a handful of actions.”

Future of Mobility
#111 - Neha Palmer | Terawatt – Scaling Commercial EV Charging Infrastructure

Future of Mobility

Play Episode Listen Later Jul 17, 2022 55:59


Neha Palmer is the CEO and co-founder of Terawatt Infrastructure, a company that's focused on scaling commercial EV charging infrastructure across the U.S. Key topics in this conversation include: The biggest challenges that need to be overcome while scaling commercial EV charging Neha's learnings from her previous role as Head of Energy Strategy at Google The complexity of integrated renewables into the grid How to design a reliable and sustainable charging hub Commons misconceptions about charging networks Links: Show notes: http://brandonbartneck.com/futureofmobility/NehaPalmer https://www.linkedin.com/in/neha-palmer/ www.terawattinfrastructure.com Neha's bio: Neha Palmer is the CEO and co-founder of Terawatt Infrastructure, a company that's focused on scaling commercial EV charging infrastructure across the U.S. Neha previously served at the Head of Energy Strategy at Google where she led the development of electric infrastructure and electricity procurement for the global data center fleet, helping to make Google the first company of its size to achieve 100% renewable energy for operations. Previously, Neha held leadership roles at Pacific Gas and Electric, and worked as an investment banker at Goldman Sachs. Neha holds an MBA in Finance from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, and a B.S. in Civil Engineering from California Polytechnic State University at San Luis Obispo. About Terawatt TeraWatt Infrastructure provides permanent, durable solutions for the future of fleet transportation. The company designs, operates and owns electric vehicle charging hubs for fleet operations leveraging a robust combination of property assets, financing capabilities and deep energy expertise. With a business model based on well-established economics of renewable energy project development and a proven real estate strategy, Terawatt was founded, in the absence of anything like it, to be the nation's reliable, long-term partner in the inevitable transition to all-electric transportation. Future of Mobility: The Future of Mobility podcast is focused on the development and implementation of safe, sustainable, effective, and accessible mobility solutions, with a spotlight on the people and technology advancing these fields. linkedin.com/in/brandonbartneck/ brandonbartneck.com/futureofmobility/ Edison Manufacturing: At Edison Manufacturing, our specialty is building and assembling highly complex mobility products in annual quantities of ten to tens of thousands utilizing an agile, robust, and capital-light approach.

NewsData’s Energy West
Weekly Wrap Up – June 24, 2022

NewsData’s Energy West

Play Episode Listen Later Jun 24, 2022 22:20


Clearing Up's Dan Catchpole and California Energy Markets' Jason Fordney talk about the calls for more oversight of Pacific Gas & Electric, bold predictions for the future of wind energy, more money for Bonneville Power Administration's salmon mitigation programs, tech giants' turn toward renewable energy, and more.Read more about what's happening in the power industry in the West at Newsdata's Clearing Up and California Energy Markets. 

KQED's The California Report
New Program Helps Paradise Residents Rebuild With Wildfire Prepared Homes

KQED's The California Report

Play Episode Listen Later Jun 23, 2022 11:31


A Paradise homeowner is one of the first to get her home fire proofed. It's part of a program that helps residents who lost homes during the 2018 Camp Fire pay for safety improvements. Reporter: Danielle Venton, KQED The trustee for a more than $13-billion-dollar fund set up to compensate Pacific Gas and Electric wildfire victims is stepping down. Retired Judge John K. Trotter has overseen the "Fire Victim Trust" for the past two years, but next week he leaves the post. Reporter:  Dan Brekke, KQED California's public pension systems won't have to divest their funds from fossil fuels anytime soon. A bill that would have forced the state's public pension systems to sell their oil and gas holdings by the end of the decade died in the state assembly this week. Reporter: Tara Atrian, KCRW Los Angeles renters may have to start paying back payments owed for rent during the pandemic now that the LA City Council is considering reversing measures that protected renters for the past two years. Reporter: David Wagner, KPCC

Jones.Show: Thought-Full Conversation
146: Erin Brockovich, Right Wrong & Be Still

Jones.Show: Thought-Full Conversation

Play Episode Listen Later May 19, 2022 29:59


Erin Brockovich is an environmental activist, consumer advocate, renowned crusader, and champion fighter whose courageous case against Pacific Gas and Electric was dramatized in an Oscar-winning film that earned Julia Roberts an Oscar in 2001.  Julia's Brockovich may be frozen in time in the late 20th century, but Erin's Brockovich is fixated on the issues of today. She is older and wiser, yet wickedly funny and refreshing. Nonetheless, like her cinematic Ghost of Brockovich Past, she is still a force of nature and FOR nature. Erin is the president of Brockovich Research & Consulting and the founder of the Erin Brockovich Foundation, a nonprofit organization created to educate and empower communities in their fight for clean water.  In Erin's latest book —"Superman's Not Coming: Our National Water Crisis and What We the People Can Do about it" — she makes clear why we are in trouble and warns us that if we're waiting for someone to save us, Superman isn't coming. Nor is the government or the environmental agencies. No one is going to solve this for us. It is up to us, we the people, and Erin shows us how. ABC's “Rebel,” inspired by Erin's life today and starring Katey Sagal, aired in 2021 and is available on streaming platforms. This is Erin's fourth appearance on JONES.SHOW!  JONES.SHOW is a weekly podcast featuring host Randall Kenneth Jones (author, speaker & creative communications consultant) and Susan C. Bennett (the original voice of Siri). JONES.SHOW is produced and edited by Kevin Randall Jones. ERIN BROCKOVICH Online: Twitter: https://twitter.com/ErinBrockovich Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/the_real_erin_brockovich/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ErinBrockovichOfficial/ Web: www.Brockovich.com JONES.SHOW Online:    Join us in the Jones.Show Lounge on Facebook. Twitter (Randy): https://twitter.com/randallkjones  Instagram (Randy): https://www.instagram.com/randallkennethjones/ Facebook (Randy): https://www.facebook.com/mindzoo/ Web:  RandallKennethJones.com Follow Randy on Clubhouse Twitter (Susan): https://twitter.com/SiriouslySusan Instagram (Susan): https://www.instagram.com/siriouslysusan/ Facebook (Susan): https://www.facebook.com/siriouslysusan/ Web: SusanCBennett.com Follow Susan on Clubhouse LinkedIn (Kevin): https://www.linkedin.com/in/kevin-randall-jones/ Web: KevinRandallJones.com  www.Jones.Show

SpyCast
“CIA Case Officer, Cyber Entrepreneur, Burning Man Volunteer” – with Mike Susong (Part 2 of 2)

SpyCast

Play Episode Listen Later May 3, 2022 40:07


Summary Mike Susong (Website; LinkedIn) joins Andrew (Twitter; LinkedIn) to discuss CIA, cyber and corporate intelligence. He won the Intelligence Star for Heroism in the Field. What You'll Learn Intelligence Applying aspects of Mike's training to the private sector using “competitive intelligence”  Mike's role co-founding a pioneering company in the field of Cyber Threat Intelligence (CTI) The role of technology in enabling and constraining espionage  What drew Mike to an annual free-thinking social experiment in the desert  Reflections Entrepreneurial thinking as unwavering belief in an idea The difference between working for Uncle Sam and working for corporate America And much, much more… Episode Notes Andrew sat down with W. Michael Susong for a two-parter to discuss CIA, cyber and Burning Man. Last week in PART I we looked at Mike's time working for the CIA and in the domain of human intelligence, while in PART II we will focus on his time as an entrepreneur and intelligence leader in the cyber threat intelligence and competitive intelligence spaces. Mike was a U.S. Army major who completed multiple combat tours and a CIA case officer. He went into the private sector and created competitive intelligence programs for Fujitsu and Ernst & Young, and he was a pioneer in the field of cyber threat intelligence or CTI, creating the first programs for Visa and Pacific Gas & Electric. He is both CISM and CPP certified and a Black Rock Ranger. And… Black Rock Rangers are volunteers at Burning Man, an annual event that focuses on artistic expression, spiritual regeneration, and radical inclusion. It culminates in the symbolic burning of a large wooden effigy, known as “The Man.” If you want to explore the event or the ideas that propel it, including its roots in the Californian counter-culture and its Silicon Valley connections, you can do so here, here, here, here, here, and here. Quote of the Week "I worked with, with two corporations to build competitive intelligence programs, for them…I want to emphasize that's the ethical application of certain aspects of the intelligence cycle, to support a business decision. So, this was more on the analysis piece, some on collection, and certainly when you start to speak of collection within a private sector environment, you have to have clear, bright lines aloud about what is and is not acceptable." – Mike Susong Resources Headline Resource Application of Intelligence Principles to Raise IT Security, M. Susong, YouTube (2012) *SpyCasts From the CIA to Strategic Cyber – Hans Holmer (2022) Cyberattacks, Espionage & Ransomware – Inside Microsoft's MSTIC (2022) Articles Start a Competitive Intelligence System that Wins, P. Mertens, Sprout Social (2022) Gathering Competitive Intelligence From Twitter, S. Argawal, Startup Grind Websites Competitive Intelligence Resources, SCIP PBR (Projects, Briefs, Reports)  2022 State of Competitive Intelligence, SCIP/Crayon (2022) CTI: Applying Better Terminology to Threats Intelligence, A. Greer, SANS (2021) Understanding Cyber Threat Intelligence Operations, Bank of England (2016) Courses Cyber Threat Intelligence, SANS Cyber Threat Intelligence, Threat Intelligence Academy Podcasts Cyber Threat Intelligence, Hacking Humans (2020) Intelligence Operations: A First Principle of Cybersecurity, CSO Perspectives (2022) Video 2022 State of Competitive Intelligence, YouTube (2022) A CEO's Perspective on Intelligence, Report Linker (2020) Primary Sources Letter to CIA Deputy Director on Competitive Intelligence (1986) *Wildcard Resource* The Whole Earth Catalog (1968) Steve Jobs called it “the bible of his generation” and links have been made between it and Silicon Valley, Cyber, and Burning Man.

SpyCast
“CIA Case Officer, Cyber Entrepreneur, Burning Man Volunteer” – with Mike Susong (Part 1 of 2)

SpyCast

Play Episode Listen Later Apr 26, 2022 48:32


Summary Mike Susong (Website; LinkedIn) joins Andrew (Twitter; LinkedIn) to discuss CIA, cyber and corporate intelligence. He won the Intelligence Star for Heroism in the Field. What You'll Learn Intelligence The outgrowth of “intelligence” from a nation-state activity to a corporate activity Recruiting and running agents as a CIA case officer His shift from tactical intelligence to strategic intelligence His journey from a curious kid with a short-wave radio to an intel professional Reflections Effective decision-making and intelligence The opportunities and challenges of working in different fields and domains And much, much more… Episode Notes What is it like to do intelligence for Uncle Sam and then for the private sector? What is different and what is similar? How did intelligence go from supporting national security decision-making to business decision-making?  To answer these questions, Andrew sat down with W. Michael Susong for a two-parter. PART I will focus on Mike's time working for the CIA and in the domain of human intelligence, while PART II will focus on his time in the as an entrepreneur and intelligence leader in the cyber threat intelligence and competitive intelligence spaces. Mike was a U.S. Army major who completed multiple combat tours and a CIA case officer. He went into the private sector and created competitive intelligence programs for Fujitsu and Ernst & Young, and he was a pioneer in the field of cyber threat intelligence or CTI, creating the first programs for Visa and Pacific Gas & Electric. He is both CISM and CPP certified and a Black Rock Ranger. And… Black Rock Rangers are volunteers at Burning Man, an annual event that focuses on artistic expression, spiritual regeneration, and radical inclusion. It culminates in the symbolic burning of a large wooden effigy, known as “The Man.” If you want to explore the event or the ideas that propel it, including its roots in the Californian counter-culture and its Silicon Valley connections, you can do so here, here, here, here, here, and here. Quote of the Week "It's analogous to business. So, there's closers, people who are really the salesman…but then they're not good at the kind of that long-term relationship, reassuring, working over time…And so I would say that there are case officers who are better at spotting and recruiting, and there are case officers that are better at handling." – Mike Susong Resources Headline Resource Application of Intelligence Principles to Raise IT Security, M. Susong, YouTube (2012) *SpyCasts From the CIA to Strategic Cyber – Hans Holmer (2022) Cyberattacks, Espionage & Ransomware – Inside Microsoft's MSTIC (2022) Articles Start a Competitive Intelligence System that Wins, P. Mertens, Sprout Social (2022) Gathering Competitive Intelligence From Twitter, S. Argawal, Startup Grind Websites Competitive Intelligence Resources, SCIP PBR (Projects, Briefs, Reports)  2022 State of Competitive Intelligence, SCIP/Crayon (2022) CTI: Applying Better Terminology to Threats Intelligence, A. Greer, SANS (2021) Understanding Cyber Threat Intelligence Operations, Bank of England (2016) Courses Cyber Threat Intelligence, SANS Cyber Threat Intelligence, Threat Intelligence Academy Podcasts Cyber Threat Intelligence, Hacking Humans (2020) Intelligence Operations: A First Principle of Cybersecurity, CSO Perspectives (2022) Video 2022 State of Competitive Intelligence, YouTube (2022) A CEO's Perspective on Intelligence, Report Linker (2020) Primary Sources Letter to CIA Deputy Director on Competitive Intelligence (1986) *Wildcard Resource* The Whole Earth Catalog (1968) Steve Jobs called it “the bible of his generation” and links have been made between it and Silicon Valley, Cyber, and Burning Man.

ClimateBreak
Electric Vehicle-Grid Integration with Dr. Carla Peterman - California China Climate Institute

ClimateBreak

Play Episode Listen Later Apr 12, 2022 1:30


The growth of electric vehicles has increased the demands on the electric grid, which can be a particular problem if EV owners charge their cars at the same time that other electricity demand is at its peak. However, EVs may be part of the solution to some of the grid's operational challenges.  Dr. Carla Peterman, chief sustainability officer at electric utility Pacific Gas and Electric and a former California energy official, spoke about the possibility of electric vehicles providing grid services.

The John Rothmann Show Podcast
Chris Merrill  Moving forward with Covid & P G & E

The John Rothmann Show Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Apr 12, 2022 39:27


B.A.2 is here and by all estimations we are going to be dealing with COVID for a long time.  How do we move forward and still protect the most vulnerable among us? Pacific Gas & Electric has agreed to pay more than $55 million to avoid criminal prosecution for two major wildfires started by its aging power lines in Northern California, prosecutors announced Monday. PG&E does not admit wrongdoing in the two settlements reached with prosecutors for last year's Dixie Fire - one of the largest wildfires in California's history - and the 2019 Kincade Fire in Sonoma County. The deals expedite damages payments to the hundreds of people whose homes were destroyed. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

The LA Report
As L.A. schools report COVID outbreaks, some families are nervous about returning from spring break. Plus: Inflation at four-decade high, Lakers fire coach – The Morning Edition

The LA Report

Play Episode Listen Later Apr 12, 2022 6:53


Here's your morning news: As schools report COVID outbreaks, some families are nervous about returning from spring break; As inflation hits a four-decade high, mortgage interest rates are also on the rise; The Lakers are parting ways with head coach Frank Vogel; L.A. County Department of Mental Health forming a new advisory team; Some California students who've experienced homelessness may be guaranteed to receive a basic income for the summer after they leave high school; Prosecutors in multiple Northern California counties settle with Pacific Gas & Electric in connection with two major wildfires. This program is made possible in part by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, a private corporation funded by the American people.   Support the show: https://laist.com

KGO 810 Podcast
Chris Merrill  Moving forward with Covid & P G & E

KGO 810 Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Apr 12, 2022 39:27


B.A.2 is here and by all estimations we are going to be dealing with COVID for a long time.  How do we move forward and still protect the most vulnerable among us? Pacific Gas & Electric has agreed to pay more than $55 million to avoid criminal prosecution for two major wildfires started by its aging power lines in Northern California, prosecutors announced Monday. PG&E does not admit wrongdoing in the two settlements reached with prosecutors for last year's Dixie Fire - one of the largest wildfires in California's history - and the 2019 Kincade Fire in Sonoma County. The deals expedite damages payments to the hundreds of people whose homes were destroyed. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Ray Appleton
Hour 2 - PG&E Cuts Deal To Avoid Criminal Charges. Why No Due Process For Joseph Castro. US Inflation Jumped 8.5% Highest Since 81

Ray Appleton

Play Episode Listen Later Apr 12, 2022 37:15


Pacific Gas & Electric has agreed to pay more than $55 million to avoid criminal prosecution for two major wildfires started by its aging power lines in Northern California. We've all been around long enough to understand what a political hit job looks like. And in the case of former Fresno State President Joseph Castro, a man without a blemish on a sterling career in higher education, the assassination of his character by so many, is not only egregious, but also un-American. Inflation soared over the past year at its fastest pace in more than 40 years, with costs for food, gasoline, housing and other necessities squeezing American consumers and wiping out the pay raises that many people have received. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

107.7 The Bone
PG&E Rates Are Skyrocketing

107.7 The Bone

Play Episode Listen Later Mar 28, 2022 2:13


Pacific Gas & Electric says it's working to prevent wildfires, but it's going to cost you. The utility's proposal for infrastructure improvement and other fire safety measures includes an increase in your energy bill. That's on top of an already 20% increase in rates so far this year, another 18% in 2023, then another larger hike in 2026. And we have PG&E's official statement. Listen to Lamont and Tonelli Monday through Friday, 5-10am, on 107.7 The Bone in the San Francisco Bay Area. Follow Lamont and Tonelli: Website: http://www.landtradio.com/ Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/lamontandtonelli Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/landtshow Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/landtshow See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

SoFi Daily Podcast
SoFi Daily Podcast - 3/14/2022

SoFi Daily Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Mar 14, 2022 5:36


US stocks fell Friday. Plus, WeWork posts narrower-than-expected losses, Vita Coco cites shipping woes, and Ford partners up with Pacific Gas and Electric.

EV News Daily - Electric Car Podcast
1400: 10 Mar 2022 | Chevy Blazer EV On Sale Next Year

EV News Daily - Electric Car Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Mar 10, 2022 19:00


Show #1400 Good morning, good afternoon and good evening wherever you are in the world, welcome to EV News Daily, you trusted source of information. It's Thursday 10th March, it's Martyn Lee here and I go through every EV story so you don't have to. 2024 CHEVY BLAZER EV WILL HAVE AN SS PERFORMANCE VARIANT - Chevrolet's Blazer crossover is going electric for the 2024 model year with the launch of the Blazer EV and a teaser video released today indicates a performance-oriented SS trim will be part of the lineup - The Blazer follows an onslaught of other electric vehicle announcements from General Motors, including the GMC Hummer EV and Chevy Silverado EV pickup trucks, all of which use the company's Ultium battery technology. - Earlier this year, Chevrolet revealed the first images of the Equinox EV, an electric SUV sharing the name of the company's popular compact crossover. - Chevy says that the Blazer will be the company's first EV to gain a performance SS badge when it debuts later this year. - The Blazer SS will go on sale in spring of 2023 Original Source : https://www.caranddriver.com/news/a39384135/2024-chevy-blazer-ev-ss-performance-variant/ CHEVY TEASES ITS FIRST PERFORMANCE ELECTRIC VEHICLE, THE 2024 BLAZER EV SS - The automaker revealed little about the Blazer at CES, though, preferring instead to share details about the Equinox. Set to go on sale with an MSRP of around $30,000, the compact Equinox SUV will be a bargain by EV standards. Despite that, big screens and fancy technology will still be present, suggesting that Chevrolet is taking its transition to electric vehicles seriously. Original Source : https://www.carscoops.com/2022/03/chevy-teases-its-first-performance-electric-vehicle-the-2024-blazer-ev-ss GENERAL MOTORS PARTNERING WITH CALIFORNIA UTILITY PROVIDER PG&E FOR V2H PILOT - General Motors announced a new partnership with California utility provider Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) that will allow GM customers to use their electric vehicles as backup power sources for their homes. - As part of the pilot, PG&E and GM will test vehicles with bidirectional charging technology that can help safely power the essential needs of a properly equipped home. Bidirectional charging capabilities offer a higher level of electric resiliency and less reliability on the grid, especially during peak times. - The pilot includes the use of bidirectional hardware that's paired with software-defined communications protocols that will enable power to flow from a charged EV battery into a customer's home. The software will automatically coordinate between the EV, home and PG&E's electric supply from the street. - The pilot will test bidirectional power technology with multiple GM EVs. - Last month, Ford announced a partnership with San Francisco-based Sunrun, a provider of residential solar panels and home batteries that allows Ford F-150 Lightning owners to use their truck's substantial battery reserves as a home's emergency power source. - To use Ford's Intelligent Backup Power, customers will need to install the Ford Charge Station Pro and Home Integration System, which includes a power inverter plus a dark start battery and transfer switch, enabling two-way power flow between the home and vehicle. Original Source : https://www.futurecar.com/5254/General-Motors-Partnering-With-California-Utility-Provider-PG&E-in-a-Pilot-That-Will-Allow-its-EVs-to-Power-Homes TESLA DEPLOYS EMERGENCY SOFTWARE UPDATE 2022.4.5.12 TO CALIBRATE LFP BATTERIES - Tesla appears to be taking a more serious step to fix the issue of the new 12V Li-Ion batteries failing in Model 3s equipped with lithium iron phosphate (LFP) batteries. - An emergency software update was deployed today, 2022.4.5.12, which can be downloaded and installed over the vehicle's LTE connection - Tesla says the range indicator in the vehicle is being calibrated, without providing further details on how exactly that is being accomplished. - Last week we reported how LFP batteries in recently delivered Model 3s that had not been charged to 100% were over or underestimating the vehicle's range. This caused the computer to think the car still had 10% of range left when in reality the main battery was already at 0%. - When the main battery died, the 12V Li-Ion battery was also dying Original Source : https://driveteslacanada.ca/software-updates/tesla-deploys-emergency-software-update-2022-4-5-12-to-calibrate-lfp-batteries TESLA CONFIRMS DELIVERIES OF GERMAN-BUILT MODEL YS ARE STARTING ON MARCH 22 - Tesla has confirmed that deliveries of Model Y vehicles built at Gigafactory Berlin in Germany are starting on March 22. - Last week, after months of delays, Tesla finally received its official building permit following the environmental approval of its Gigafactory Berlin project. - However, the approval was conditional on about 400 different conditions that the automaker needed to confirm. Surprisingly, German officials said at the time that they expected Tesla to fulfill all those conditions within the next two weeks. - March 22 will mark an important step for Tesla by starting deliveries of European-made vehicles and putting it on a path of better logistical efficiency. Original Source : https://electrek.co/2022/03/09/tesla-confirms-deliveries-german-built-model-y-starting-march-22/ BRANDENBURG TO MAKE WATER EXTRACTION ALLOWANCES FOR GIGAFACTORY  - After the permit for water extraction, which was found to be illegal and also affects the Tesla factory, Brandenburg wants to tolerate partial extraction. This would allow the public water supply to be maintained, the Ministry of the Environment told the DPA. - On Friday evening, the Administrative Court of Frankfurt (Oder) had declared the water permit issued in 2020 “unlawful and unenforceable”. - In a first reaction, the Straußberg-Erkner Water Association (WSE) had demanded that the state tolerate the water pumping until the procedure was made up for. - However, the 1.4 million cubic metres of water actually contractually guaranteed by the WSE for Tesla would only be needed when the carmaker in Grünheide has actually reached its full capacity of 500,000 cars per year. When that will be the case is still unclear. Original Source : https://www.electrive.com/2022/03/08/brandenburg-to-make-water-extraction-allowances-for-gigafactory TESLA MODEL 3 PRODUCTION ALLOCATION TO EUROPE FROM GIGA SHANGHAI IS SOLD OUT FOR 2022 - Tesla can't produce the Model 3 and Model Y fast enough to meet the huge demand. The situation is worst in Europe, where the customers rely on Giga Shanghai production allocation. In the case of Model 3 RWD and LR AWD, the estimated delivery time to Germany has jumped to February 2023. This is just shy of a full year away. - This is true for the customers in Germany, France, and United Kingdom. The waiting time is significantly longer than what people in the North American market are facing. For American customers, the same vehicles are promised to be delivered in May 2022, while the Canadians have to wait until August 2022. Original Source : https://www.autoevolution.com/news/tesla-model-3-production-allocation-to-europe-from-giga-shanghai-is-sold-out-for-2022-183497.html PORSCHE AND MERCEDES-BENZ HALT PRODUCTION LINES - Both Mercedes-Benz and Porsche, among other automakers, are once more faced with parts and component shortages. This time, the Ukraine war is cited as the root cause for production pauses. - The two premium German brands are joining BMW, Mini, and Volkswagen, all of which have been forced to idle plants across Europe. At the moment, March 18th is the project date for a return to normal activities however that could change at any moment. - One of the main missing parts of wiring harnesses which were made in Ukraine. Part production was halted once Russia invaded the country according to Automotive News Europe. - Mercedes-Benz has halted S-Class and EQS production at its Sindelfingen plant near Stuttgart. Benz's neighbours, Porsche, deferred Taycan output at its Stuttgart-Zuffenhausen factory. - Porsche specified that about 200 Taycans will not be built. Over at Mercedes, no such detail has been disclosed. Original Source : https://motorillustrated.com/porsche-and-mercedes-benz-halt-production-lines/95500/ ELECTRIC VEHICLE BOSSES PROPOSE TWO DIFFERENT CHARGING SOLUTIONS Original Source : https://www.scmp.com/tech/policy/article/3169724/two-sessions-2022-electric-vehicle-bosses-propose-two-different MOST VOLKSWAGEN PLUG-IN HYBRIDS CAN'T BE ORDERED ANYMORE Original Source : https://www.motor1.com/news/572319/vw-plug-in-hybrids-stopped/ RENTAL CAR GIANTS EMBARK ON ELECTRIC AFTER PANDEMIC BONANZA Original Source : https://www.reuters.com/technology/rental-car-giants-embark-electric-after-pandemic-bonanza-2022-03-09/ QUESTION OF THE WEEK WITH EMOBILITYNORWAY.COM Do you think rising fuel prices at the pumps will have a direct impact on EV sales? Email me any feedback to: hello@evnewsdaily.com It would mean a lot if you could take 2mins to leave a quick review on whichever platform you download the podcast. And  if you have an Amazon Echo, download our Alexa Skill, search for EV News Daily and add it as a flash briefing. Come and say hi on Facebook, LinkedIn or Twitter just search EV News Daily, have a wonderful day, I'll catch you tomorrow and remember…there's no such thing as a self-charging hybrid. PREMIUM PARTNERS PHIL ROBERTS / ELECTRIC FUTURE BRAD CROSBY PORSCHE OF THE VILLAGE CINCINNATI AUDI CINCINNATI EAST VOLVO CARS CINCINNATI EAST NATIONAL CAR CHARGING ON THE US MAINLAND AND ALOHA CHARGE IN HAWAII DEREK REILLY FROM THE EV REVIEW IRELAND YOUTUBE CHANNEL RICHARD AT RSEV.CO.UK – FOR BUYING AND SELLING EVS IN THE UK EMOBILITYNORWAY.COM/