The Buzz

21 Jul 2017

The more things change, the more they don’t stay the same, Mike Picker, California’s head utility energy regulator tells a legislative panel. That includes the greening of the state’s energy supplies causing a flux in the grid, but with less impact than expected.

In greater flux is the fate of the proposed Puente power plant slated for Oxnard.  Support for alternative resources rises along with opposition to licensing the gas-fired project pending before the Energy Commission.

Also on unsteady ground is SoCal Gas’ Aliso Canyon natural gas storage field.  Pushing on one side is the California Public Utilities Commission and state Department of Conservation, insisting it is safe to reopen- albeit at a smaller scale. Pulling the opposite direction is the governor, a U.S. Senator and the Energy Commission, which want it permanently shut down.

At the state capitol, the head of Senate is preparing to scale the big green mountain.  JUICE notes how SB 100 allows big hydro to enable the expedition’s big push to the zero carbon peak.

It was a fairly smooth summit for the Governor’s legislative package extending California’s carbon cap-and-trade program another 10 years, thanks to Republican support. In contrast, expect a challenging slog for proponents of having hydrogen shipped in utility gas pipelines. A new report details the multiple crevasses and sheer walls trekkers face.

In Washington, another kind of gas has lots of support. DOE Secretary Perry said this week that more LNG means more jobs and more choice.

—The Editors

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