El Paso Considers Buying Electric Utility, but Is It Worth It?
El Paso, Texas, officials were considering purchasing El Paso Electric, but a divided discussion gave them pause. It would cost millions of dollars and years to complete, also is it even legal to acquire the utility’s assets?
Driverless Truck Safely Delivers 40,000 Pounds of Butter
Plus.ai and Land O’Lakes partnered to freight the butter from Tulare, Calif., to Quakertown, Pa., with a safety driver ready to take over at any time, though they didn’t have to. Self-driving trucks could be “a few years out.”
City Incentivizes Car “Connected” Technology for Study
Columbus, Ohio, is hoping that residents will connect their cars with technology that allows their vehicle to interact with other cars and traffic signals. All 1,300 “connected” cars would receive up to $300 in gift cards.
A Quantum Computing Future Is Unlikely, Due to Random Hardware Errors
Google claims it has cracked the code on quantum supremacy — IBM says not so fast. One researcher explains why he doesn't see quantum computers outpacing classical computers anytime soon ... and maybe not ever.
New England Wants Grid to Switch to Carbon-Free Energy ASAP
Senators from the region are pushing for the electric grid operator to reduce greenhouse gases, but progress is slow. Senators say the operator has “institutional tunnel vision” and the utility says its ideas are “taken off the table.”
Supreme Court Agrees, Cellphone Companies Must Post Warnings
A challenge to Berkeley’s requirement that cellphone companies notify customers of possible radiation dangers of having phones close to their bodies was rejected by the Supreme Court because Berkeley’s notice is “literally true.”
Arkansas Hopes Cybersecurity Task Force Increases Awareness
The new group, created through executive order, will focus on opportunities to advance education surrounding cybersecurity issues and careers, building on previous efforts to beef up the state's defenses.
Massachusetts Revenue to Fade in Next Budget Cycle
The state’s tax revenue growth for fiscal year 2021 is expected to slow down, with estimates for the coming fiscal year ranging from a low of 0.8 percent to a high of 3.5 percent.
Rhode Island Health Insurance Finance Penalty to Start Soon
Gov. Gina M. Raimondo proposed and state lawmakers earlier this year approved a state version of the health insurance mandate that was a key part of the Affordable Care Act signed into law by then-President Barack Obama.
Bitter Battle Underway in New York over $6 Billion Budget Gap
The massive, Medicaid-induced deficit has triggered differing ideas from lawmakers in Albany on whether to cut spending or raise taxes. “For us in the Assembly, we always believe in raising revenue.”