The Buzz

14 Dec 2017

Who will become the western grid operator: CAISO, Southwest Power Pool, or the new ISO elf?

State energy regulators tighten utility fire safety rules because of the “astounding” problem of wildfires, Mike Picker, CPUC president, says. During the same Dec. 14 meeting, the commission approves $100 million in annual subsidies to promote solar system installations on apartments.

Earlier in the last meeting of 2017, the commission postpones voting on the controversial decision cutting Pacific Gas & Electric’s proposed funding for the closure of its Diablo Canyon nuke.

Reframing PG&E’s proposed Diablo energy efficiency procurement as the world’s largest meter-based energy efficiency program in the reactor closure plan is the focus of this week’s opinion piece.

The grid operator’s board approves allowing more flexible resources to fill voids left by surprise transmission disruptions.

The optimal tradeoffs between efficiency, equity and simplicity are the rub for CPUC staff in revising non-residential rates.

Next month, the CPUC decides whether to require new and expanding community choice aggregators to follow the agency’s resource adequacy rules before serving customers. The proposed freeze raises the hackles of community energy advocates. Another commission resolution may direct PG&E to contract for local energy storage and preferred resources to replace Calpine reliability-must-run contracts.

SoCal Gas and UC Irvine’s Advanced Power & Energy Program team up on a clean “advanced energy community for an underserved Huntington Beach neighborhood.

A House Energy & Commerce panel hears how possible revisions to the North American Free Trade Agreement may impact important cross-border energy trades.

U.S. Senators’ pre-holiday focus is on speeding the federal permitting process for energy projects on federal lands.

Happy Holidays!

—The Editors

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