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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.

Water in the West

Water in the West, formed in January 2010, is a joint program by the Woods Institute for the Environment and the Bill Lane Center for the American West. It aims to engage in research and policy initiatives from various academic disciplines in order to deliver solutions for the key water challenges in the western United States.