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30 Sep 2016

What goes up must go down.  We discover that this is not true for greenhouse gas emissions from plants under the cap-and-trade program.  Current took a close look at Air Board data to see how the cap, which is supposed to lower emissions, failed to achieve that aim in many polluted communities, as noted by environmental justice advocates. While sorry news, it is far from simple.

Also falling far short of the mark is the package of CPUC reform-esque measures.  Former CPUC administrative law judge Todd Edmister in a guest editorial reveals why, as does the latest State Auditor’s critique of commission contracting and secret meetings with utilities representatives and others with stakes in the game.

Back in San Francisco, the commission votes to halt incentives to fossil-fired demand response resources and gussies up its safety program.

While the sun continued to blaze in Sacramento, Gov. Jerry Brown signed other energy and climate change bills, including ones to extend community solar and double self-generation  project subsidies.

The production and delivery of energy is a complicated and controversial business, so too is deciding who pays, and how much. The grid operator spells out some of the challenges it faces while trying to reform its transmission access charge, which covers distributed resources that don’t cross the high voltage line.

In its reply to  responses to the proceeding to close Diablo, Pacific Gas & Electric tells the CPUC what shouldn’t be part of the docket, including a closure ahead of the agreed upon dates of 2024 and 2025.

In the nation’s capital this week, the challenge to the US EPA’s Clean Power Plan was subject of  a long and intense court debate.

–The Editors

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