The Buzz

13 Apr 2017

Eggs gathered in Current’s Easter news basket include approval of two controversial and large natural gas project redos along the SoCal coast. The California Energy Commission unanimously approved the Huntington & Alamitos replacement projects, which are to be cooled with air, not seawater-cooled.

On the agenda at this week’s Energy Commission post business meeting closed door huddle was California’s legal action with nine other states over a delay in federal energy efficiency standards.

Approving gas power plants and delaying energy efficiency measures is swimming against the clean energy tide. New technology and a push to green power peaks flow with the tide, Juice notes.

Legislation to keep the burner under a western grid lit and stoke up the fire under green power are set for post Spring break hearings.

Nationwide, electric sector emissions continued to fall in 2016. The Energy Information Administration warned, however, that emissions from transportation rose.

Burning brighter are potential utility profits thanks to installations of electric vehicle charging stations. The spread of charging stations, largely funded by utility ratepayer money, is becoming a big business for Edison et al.

Continued burning of fossil fuels has energy policy makers on high alert. The Energy Commission held a meeting to explore funding for utility climate change adaptation research.

Increasing levels of radioactive waste stored onsite at San Onofre are between a rock and a hard cask. Because spent nuclear fuel lies in a twilight zone with no place to go given the lack of interim and long-term waste dumps, parties suing over the waste onsite are open to settlement talks.

—The Editors

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