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Report: PG&E Offshoring IT Jobs to India to Cut Wage Costs

In the latest high visibility offshoring of Silicon Valley jobs to India, the San Francisco Business Times (SFBT) reported last month that the Pacific Gas and Electric Co. (PG&E) will offshore about 72 information technology (IT) jobs from San Francisco to India in a restructuring that could slash labor costs by 75 percent.

California natural gas (Rich Pedroncelli / Associated Press)

CA Liberals’ Demand to Shut Power Plants Risks New Energy Crisis

The Los Angeles Times reports a new effort to shut down local natural gas power plants due to the possibility of a 21 percent electrical capacity glut by 2020. But shrinking the surplus generation cushion runs the risk of launching another energy crisis like the one that caused Governor Gray Davis’ recall.

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Covered California 2017 Enrollment Falls by 6%

Despite giving residents another 48 hours this year to sign up for a mandatory health plan, Covered California saw first-time enrollments fall to 412,000, down 6 percent from 439,000 last year, according to exchange spokesman James Scullary.

Ivanpah (Joel Pollak / Breitbart News)

Solar Inconvenient Truth: Ivanpah Plant a Big Fossil Fuel User

The BrightSource Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating Facility, which uses 320,000 mirrors to create thermal energy, still qualifies under state rules as an alternative energy source, despite using about 1.4 billion cubic feet of natural gas a year, according to a report by the Press Telegram.