The Buzz

19 May 2017

The wide selection of brands of peanut butter and other consumer products up and down the state is not questioned. But electricity choice is, at least by state regulators. They question community choice’s impact on the traditional utility business model, and even the state’s climate protection efforts.

Elsewhere, community energy is assumed to be the path to lower carbon emissions and power bills.  That led the City of San Jose to jump on board the community aggregation bandwagon this week.

Also being questioned is how to keep independent generators’ gas-fired power plants online to safeguard reliability in an era of rock bottom power prices.  Multi-year resource adequacy deals, Juice notes, may be the ticket, or at least a good starting point.

Pacific Gas & Electric is one of the parties accused of wrongdoing in a consolidation of wrongful death suits brought after the Oakland warehouse fire that killed three dozen people at the end of last year.

A few hundred miles south, Southern California Edison is accused during a public hearing on its general rate case of shutting out a labor union, resulting in deaths and accidents.  That underlying rate case before the CPUC seeks a hefty rate hike.

In related news, Southern California utilities’ EV projects hit speed bumps.

Nearby, Los Angeles Department of Water & Power recharges and expands its renewable feed-in tariff program.

–The Editors

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