As 2018 comes to a close, its getting harder for Mississippi politicians to ignore the PERS crisis. And some are not. The Sun Herald reported recently on Coast lawmakers Brice Wiggins and Michael Watson acknowleding the elephant in the room. From the article: Lawmakers who bring up the Public Employees Retirement System do so at their own peril, members of the Coast delegation said, but they say it needs to be brought up anyway. View Full Post
On December 1, 2017, two of the three major California investor-owned utilities (“IOUs”), Pacific Gas & Electricity (“PG&E”) and Southern California Edison (“SCE”), submitted applications for approval of the results of their 2016-2017 energy storage request for offers. Background on the Energy Storage Mandate in California In September 2010, the Governor of California signed AB 2514, which required the California Public Utility Commission (“CPUC”) to determine, by October 21, 2013, appropriate targets, if any, for each load-serving entity to procure viable and cost effective energy storage resources.   View Full Post
Last October, the European Commission published its Work Programme for 2018. In the environmental area, a prominent topic is the EU initiative with respect to a ‘circular economy.’ This concept involves a transition to a “stronger and more circular economy where resources are used in a more sustainable way.” The idea is to  “close the loop” of product lifecycles through greater recycling and re-use, so as to realize benefits for both the environment and the economy. View Full Post
The New York Times published a report over the weekend detailing a fall-off in the EPA’s enforcement activities during Scott Pruitt’s tenure as EPA Administrator.  The changes are driven by top down directives from Washington to the regional offices. The Times found that Scott Pruitt’s EPA started about 1,900 enforcement actions in the nine months since he was confirmed,  around a third fewer than the equivalent period during the Obama administration and a quarter fewer than during the same stretch of the George W. View Full Post