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PG&E declares Chapter 11 bankruptcy following accusations of contributing to wildfires

Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E), the California utilities monopoly that has faced massive legal backlash for its alleged role in the 2017 and 2018 wildfires in Northern California, filed for bankruptcy on Tuesday. According to a lawsuit filed by Camp Fire homeowners, the deadly 2018 fire was caused by a poorly maintained PG&E transmission tower…

Stanford alum advocates for solar energy in seminar on new book

In a Monday afternoon presentation on his new book, “Taming the Sun: Innovations to Harness Solar Energy and Power the Planet,” Varun Sivaram ’11 stressed current constraints on solar power and three types of innovation — financial innovation, technological innovation and systemic innovation — that he believes are key to sustaining solar energy’s rise to dominance.

New course aims to give students real-world research experience

A new pilot program aims to take students out of the classroom and into the fields. After taking ECON 121: Social Science Field Research Methods and Applications in the Spring, student spent three weeks in Puebla, Mexico to conduct field research on whether providing information on a household’s’ electricity bill and simple methods to reduce energy consumption would lead to a decreased energy bill for a house.