The Time Has Come for Electric Utilities to Make Some Major Changes

COMMENTARY | Bold leadership will be required for the industry to adapt to new technology and pricing models, while also keeping pace with current demands.

How One County Helps Low-Income Homeowners Rehab Their Houses

James City County, Virginia tapped federal housing dollars to fund repairs and rebuilding projects that make homes safe and habitable. "Nothing is more affordable than the house you already have," notes a local official.

In Colorado, the Looming Liability of Oil and Gas Cleanup

After collecting only a fraction of the funds needed from companies, the state is reforming financial requirements.

The Mayor on a Mission to Bring a RoboCop Statue to His City

Mike Wiza, mayor of Stevens Point, Wisconsin, wants to score an 11-foot-tall replica of the cyborg police officer from the 1980s action film. But if that effort fails, the city might see about making its own—possibly bigger—version.

Road Salt is Imperiling Aquatic Ecosystems. It Doesn’t Have to.

COMMENTARY | A pilot project in upstate New York shows how we can balance our need for safe roads with our duty to protect nature.

With Covid Aid Approved, Counties Will Look to Infrastructure

A major public works package, which proved elusive during the Trump years, is the next priority county governments will press for on Capitol Hill.

Coming Soon to a Snowy Road in Minnesota: 'Plowy McPlowFace'

Plowy McPlowFace was the runaway winner in an online contest to name eight Minnesota Department of Transportation snowplows.

The States Where Driving Was Up and Down the Most After Covid Hit

A new report shows wide variation between states when it comes to how often people got behind the wheel after March of last year.

An Initiative to Improve Street Safety through Public Art

Officials used street murals and planters to transform a hazardous intersection in Kansas City, Missouri, tapping grant funding from Bloomberg Philanthropies' Asphalt Art Initiative.

House to Vote on Elections Bill That Would Set New Standards For States

Supporters say the legislation will protect voter access. Republican officials argue that it will encroach on states’ rights.

'I Need to Find Water, and I Need to Find it Now': A Local Official Takes Disaster Relief Into Her Own Hands

Paige Ellis, a city council member in Austin, Texas tracked down 10 pallets of bottled water and distributed it across her district after winter storms left thousands in the state without power or water.

Texans Blindsided By Massive Electric Bills Await Details of Gov. Greg Abbott's Promised Relief

Electric bills are likely to rise for everyone, experts and consumer advocates say, but some Texans on variable rate contracts have been hit with immediate, massive price spikes. Lawmakers and the governor have promised to help, but haven't said how.

Failed Poisoning Attempt Shows Vulnerability of Smaller Water Systems to Hackers

While cybersecurity resources can be scarce at small agencies, there are some basic steps they can take to protect themselves.

A Pennsylvania County Goes Hydro With its Government Buildings

Allegheny County will power its facilities with hydroelectric power under a 35-year agreement with a planned plant on a nearby river.

Winter Storm Power Outages Lead to Calls for Investigation

At least 4 million people were without power in Texas after freezing temperatures and surging electricity use overwhelmed the state’s grid.

CISA, FBI Share Recommendations After Water Treatment Hack

The agencies say updating to the latest operating system is important, even if it wasn’t a factor in this particular incident.

Lawmakers in One State Hope to Create a New Broadband Office

About a quarter of New Mexico students don't have home internet access. Legislators are proposing to create a division in the state's IT department to help address this and other digital equity issues.

Hackers Tried to Poison a City's Drinking Water Supply

The cyberattack used remote access to toggle levels of sodium hydroxide at a water treatment plant near Tampa, Florida, but an operator at the facility quickly fixed the problem, officials said.

Living With Natural Gas Pipelines: Appalachian Landowners Describe Fear, Anxiety and Loss

COMMENTARY | Many of the lines were built in the past five years. While energy companies promise economic benefits for depressed regions, the projects often upend the lives of people in their paths.

To Make Less-Harmful Road Salts, We’re Studying Natural Antifreezes Produced by Fish

COMMENTARY | Road salt can cause damage to vehicles, infrastructure and the environment. Could other deicers found in nature provide a better alternative?

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