News Flash: CAISO Issues State 3 Emergency – Rolling Outages Ordered

From the California ISO: Stage 3 Emergency Declared; rotating power outages have been initiated to maintain grid stability The California Independent System Operator (ISO) is declaring a Stage 3 Electrical Emergency due to high heat and increased electricity demand. The emergency initiates rotating outages throughout the state. A Stage 3 Emergency is declared when demand outpaces available supply. Rotating power interruptions have been initiated to maintain stability of the electric grid. The Stage 3 Emergency declaration was called after extreme heat drove up electricity demand across California, causing the ISO to dip into its operating reserves for supply to cover [...]

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Governor appoints new EDD executive team

Gov. Newsom on Friday appointed new executive team members to the Employment Development Department to boost customer service and deal with the backlog of unemployment claims due to COVID-19. On July 29, the governor announced a strike team to focus on the information technology challenges EDD faces, lead by GovOps Secretary Yolanda Richardson and Code for America founder Jennifer Pahlka.

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Statewide Flex Alert called for Friday, August 14

Due to hot weather forecasts, the California Independent System Operator (CAISO) is calling for a voluntary reduction in energy consumption on Friday, August 14 from 3pm to 10pm. Californians are urged to turn off unnecessary lights, avoid using major appliances, and set their thermostats to 78 degrees.

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Kevin Cornish Named Covered California’s New Chief Information Officer

Covered California has a new executive to oversee the health agency's IT strategy and tech initiatives, according to an announcement this week.  Kevin Cornish will serve as the chief information officer, replacing soon-to-retire Karen Ruiz, who has worked for Covered California since 2013 and has served as its CIO for the past five years.

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Western EIM Governing Body elects John Prescott and Anita Decker as chair and vice chair

The Western Energy Imbalance Market (EIM) Governing Body this week elected John Prescott and Anita Decker to serve as its chair and vice-chair, the California ISO announced on Wednesday.  The elections took place at EIM's governing body meeting on June 30.

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Governor signs legislation to create nonprofit takeover of PG&E if utility fails

Gov. Newsom on Tuesday signed SB350 by Senator Jerry Hill (D-San Mateo) that authorizes the creation of a new non-profit public benefit corporation, Golden State Energy (GSE), to acquire the Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) if the utility does not emerge from Chapter 11 bankruptcy or has its license revoked by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC).

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Weekly Energy Digest for June 19, 2020

Some energy-related news stories we've been reading this week ... California Preparing for peak wildfire season in San Diego amid the pandemic COVID-19 adds complications for Cal Fire and SDG&E as weather heats up. (San Diego Union-Tribune, June 19) Federal Approval of Oil Well at Carrizo Plain National Monument Sparks Outrage The Federal Bureau of Land Management has approved oil drilling in Carrizo Plain National Monument, sparking outrage among conservationists. (Los Angeles Times, June 18) PG&E Ordered to Pay $4 Million for Camp Fire that Killed 84 PG&E Corp. was ordered to pay $4 million for its role in causing [...]

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NASCIO Report Outlines ‘Four Forces’ CIOs Should Consider for Legacy Modernization

The National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO) this week issued a new report titled The State CIO Operating Model: Leveraging the Power of the Four Forces, a guide for states to consider when working on legacy modernization projects.  The advice is underscored by added pressure on government programs, such as unemployment systems, during the COVID-19 lockdown. “The Four Forces in the Government Change Framework are Political Forces, Market Forces, Customer Forces and Inertial Forces. The Four Forces drive and influence the ability of a leader to effect change in government,” says the report. “As an enterprise leader, the [...]

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Weekly Energy Digest for June 5, 2020

Some energy-related news stories we've been reading this week ... California How Stay-at-Home Orders Derailed Energy Savings for Solana Beach Last month, the Solana Beach community choice energy program reduced the discount it offers customers compared to San Diego Gas & Electric from 3 percent to 1 percent to shore up its bottom line. Now, board members are on the verge of eliminating the discount altogether because of the financial effects the COVID-19 pandemic are projected to have on the standalone community choice aggregation, or CCA, program that serves about 7,000 Solana Beach customers. (San Diego Union-Tribune, June 5) Fire [...]

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Udaya Patnaik Appointed First Director of California’s Office of Digital Innovation

California has its first director for the Office of Digital Innovation, the Governor's Office announced on Wednesday: Udaya Patnaik, 46, of San Mateo, has been appointed director of the Office of Digital Innovation at the Government Operations Agency. Patnaik has been co-founder, senior partner and chief financial officer at Jump Associates since 1998. He was rural development specialist at the Rural Community Assistance Corporation from 1995 to 1998. Patnaik is an editorial advisory board member of TEDMED, an international advisory board member of Fundación Chile, and a member of the boards of KABOOM! and Just Human Productions. This position does not require Senate confirmation and the compensation is $197,700. Patnaik is a Democrat.

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