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Safety
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration in late January issued a final rule determining that collecting sensitive worker injury data through Forms 300 and 301 would subject the information to a meaningful risk of public disclosure.
Distributed Energy Resources
Portland General Electric Company and NextEra Energy Resources unveiled plans to construct a new energy facility in Eastern Oregon combining 300 MW of wind generation with 50 MW of solar generation. The project will also include a battery storage component.
Electric Vehicles
American Municipal Power has teamed up with the Smart Electric Power Alliance to develop an electric vehicle toolkit and related guidebook for public power utilities. The project is being funded in part by a grant from the American Public Power Association’s Demonstration of Energy & Efficiency Development (DEED) program.
Energy Storage
Oil and gas company Shell has agreed to acquire 100% of Germany-based sonnen, a company that offers a residential storage product in the U.S.
Workforce
Arizona public power utility Salt River Project is among the first of three organizations participating in a new Arizona program aimed at providing employment for people with autism.
Electric Vehicles
Texas-based public power utility Austin Energy is working with Pecan Street, a research organization, to test the use of electric vehicles as peak shaving tools and, eventually, as a grid resource.
Disaster Response
Public power utilities in the Pacific Northwest and California were battered by a series of significant snow storms in recent weeks but they have been able to effectively respond to resulting power outages and, in some instances, mutual aid has come into play.
Smart Grid
Smart community projects are “a natural for public power,” said Sue Kelly, President and CEO of the American Public Power Association in remarks made at the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners’ 2019 Winter Policy Summit in Washington, D.C.