The Buzz

8 Sep 2017

California’s heat wave sparked new historical peak power loads in Southern California and came close to topping the state’s all-time record demand for electricity.

Meanwhile, wildfires caused minor damage to the state’s power system, but brought no major consequences.

Despite ongoing calls by some for lawmakers in Sacramento to enact last-minute grid regionalization legislation, no amendments have been offered to any bill as time is running out.

Southern California Edison’s big plans for installing charging infrastructure aimed at aiding a switch from diesel trucks and other heavy equipment in greater Los Angeles to electric technology are laudable, this week’s Juice column opines. But, it needs to be tempered by market and technological realities.

In the nation’s capital, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission moves one step closer to having a full complement of commissioners after months of lacking  a quorum.

On Capitol Hill, lawmakers begin examining whether to change a nearly 40-year-old law that spurred cogeneration and has boosted the market for renewable energy too.

In a further sign of a growing split between California and the Trump Administration, it appears that Californians will play less of a role in advising federal agencies on energy and environmental policy.

This week’s Undercurrents spotlights a bill that seeks to promote use of clean resources to meet peak power demand and a report projecting major advances in wind power economics in the decade ahead.

—The Editors

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