Nuclear energy has unfortunately had a bad name for itself over the past century or so, but in general it's actually quite safe and reliable compared to other non-renewable energy sources - sure, coal plants don't go boom all at once (and neither do modern reactor designs, I'll add), but they do kill more people over time.
Either way, the UK decided to shut down several nuclear plants recently, and now the National Grid are warning that they might not have enough power production to meet demand come next winter - even with the undersea power connections from Europe.
The UK's actually doing rather well at improving their renewables mix, but you still need constant baseload and peaking plants when you've got a lot of solar and wind, due to their intermittent nature, and they're lagging behind a bit on building the requisite grid-scale energy storage needed to go more renewable (despite some spectacular pumped-hydro storage plants, like Dinorwig).
California is in a historically bad drought - which, considering their normal state of drought, means things are starting to border on the disastrous. As well as wildfire season being a huge risk this year, some parts of the state face running out of water for homes and businesses completely.
Marin, just north of San Francisco, is one of these places, and they don't have a lot of local fresh water sources, being surrounded by saltwater on three sides and all. There's a plan in the works to build a desalination plant, but that takes years, and Marin might need more water a lot sooner than that - so they need to pipeline it in from other places.
Building underwater pipelines also takes years, but they have a cunning plan - build a temporary pipeline along the bridge that connects them to inland California. Sadly, it seems they might take up the pedestrian/bike path rather than a traffic lane, but they need water, and despite the ridiculous water rights situation in California (a lot of fresh water flow is privately owned!), I suspect the people looking after Marin just want to keep the water on for the time being rather than fighting political battles.
Talking about wildfires in California, far too many recent ones were caused by sparks and power line faults from northern California's utility company, PG&E. They're up there as maybe one of the worst-run utility companies in the US - which, let me tell you, is an unfortunately strong field of contenders - and are probably responsible for killing many Californians and burning down the homes of many more.
Now, finally, they appear to have realised what the rest of the world has, which is that you should really bury power lines in wildfire and wind-prone areas. Buried power lines can't fall down, don't have issues with things slamming into them, and are generally better in many ways apart from being more expensive and thus giving the utility companies less profit.
We'll see how fast they actually do this - at their current renovation pace, it'll take decades, at which point I fear the majority of California will have burned - but it's a start, at least.
In scenes that risk making 2008's Quantum Of Solace look like it has a reasonable plot, that drought in California is now so severe that water theft is increasing rapidly, and much of it is going to illegal maruijana farms.
Among other things they're illegaly using fire hydrants, tapping into home water supplies, building their own dam and runoff diversion systems, and even daring to tap into the very high-pressure water mains, all in order to get some precious water.
Maruijana isn't even a very water-demanding crop - unlike almonds, which despite being incredibly water-intensive, they still grow in a desert - but due to its illegal nature, the people who farm it are apparently quite happy to add on more crimes to their existing crimes. California might have to take a lesson from Australia's experience with dealing with water theft.