The Buzz

16 Jun 2017

The California Public Utilities Commission adopted this week requirements for gas utilities to reduce methane leaks and improve worker training. The approval of “best practices” to control methane, a powerful greenhouse gas that’s also explosive, counters a recent move by the federal government to reverse similar requirements set by the Obama Administration.

In the state capitol, lawmakers are digging in on a course toward a low-carbon economy in California. They announced a series of hearings this summer aimed at shaping the California Air Resources Board’s master plan for slashing greenhouse gases.

Aliso Canyon’s ongoing closure may be a problem for some, but for the battery energy storage industry it’s been an outright boon.

The Energy Commission launched a series of clean energy projects this week with its power of the purse.

California utilities are good at efficiency, says a national organization in a scorecard, but Massachusetts utilities are even better. Meanwhile, another ranking shows that despite all the attention California gets for its renewable energy programs, the state doesn’t get a medal when it comes to solar and wind power installations, ranking number five among the states.

Mayors in Los Angeles and Long Beach reaffirm their commitment to electrify the nation’s largest port complex, but don’t hold your breath.

This week’s JUICE column contemplates the potential end of the road for building big natural gas power plants in California. Meanwhile, the Energy Commission agrees to study whether a proposed gas plant in Oxnard is really needed.

—The Editors

 

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