The Buzz

8 Dec 2017

Energy agency heads insist Los Angeles County should freeze natural gas hookups for new homes and businesses because of possible fuel shortages this winter. Builders vigorously object that it will worsen the area’s housing crimp. The CPUC president blasts the messenger.

Pacific Gas & Electric proposes replacing Dynegy’s 40-year old Oakland power plant with local alternative power supplies. Locals are excited, Dynegy is mum.

PG&E also ups its game on energy storage. It asks state energy regulators to allow rate recovery for new deals with a total capacity of 165 MW.

PG&E and the other two private utilities present the 2017 results of their voyage toward residential default time-of-use rates. JUICE finds that the results are contrary to the CPUC’s aims, including keeping it simple for ratepayers.

The merger plan of the financially struggling Calpine hits legal speed bumps. A quartet of class action suits insist on more disclosure, which Calpine provides.

The California Air Resources Board releases the final draft of its updated scoping plan for meeting the state’s 40 percent greenhouse gas reduction goal by 2030. It highlights the need for long-term funding and continuing the carbon cap-and-trade program

Strong Santa Ana winds fan wildfires in Southern California, causing a power outage in Ventura County. The dangerous dry winds are expected to continue fanning the flames through Dec. 10,

A U.S. Senate committee takes testimony on seven bills dealing with Department of Energy programs, including some aimed at bolstering energy storage technology. DOE promises to work with the Senate Energy & Natural Resources Subcommittee on Energy & Power.

—The Editors

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