The Buzz

12 May 2017

California utility regulators open a proceeding to examine rules for putting overhead power lines communities find objectionable underground. They also back an 11 percent rate hike for Pacific Gas & Electric in action on the utility’s general rate case.

A bill calling for 100 percent renewable power in the Golden State by 2045 glides through a Senate committee. Meanwhile, lawmakers appear to favor improving and continuing California’s carbon cap-and-trade program instead of effectively repealing and replacing it with another approach to cutting greenhouse gases.

PG&E gains ex parte meetings at the California Public Utilities Commission in a bid for money ratepayer money for decommissioning its Diablo Canyon nuclear reactor.

This week’s guest column shows how metered energy efficiency can be used to attract big bucks for producing negawatts the same as net metering launched financial programs for rooftop solar.

If a tree falls in the forest and nobody is around to hear it did it make a sound? That might be the question for the grid operator after its quiet stage one power supply alert last week.

Despite all the challenges to their business model, utilities boast rising earnings, while generators continue to struggle.

Sacramento may remain gung ho on cap-and-trade, but  Los Angeles air regulators say it’s time to call it quits on their emissions trading program. However, it won’t be simple.

—The Editors

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