The Buzz

5 Jan 2018

A San Francisco lawmaker marks the legislative new year with a bill to put an end to gasoline-powered autos in California beginning in 2040.

Other state lawmakers at the start of 2018 seek to foreclose any possibility that electric utilities that spark wildfires could potentially recover associated costs from ratepayers. The state’s biggest utility says the bill could undermine the financial stability of the state’s power companies.

Under pressure from community choice aggregators and the local elected officials who govern them, the CPUC delays action on a controversial proposal to make aggregation programs subject to its resource adequacy rules.

Big oil gets a free pass under the state’s latest master plan for reducing greenhouse gases, this week’s Juice column warns.

In a potentially major move, the California Independent System Operator says it will provide reliability coordination and management services in its own territory and to other interested balancing authorities in the West.

Utility regulators signal their intent to halt new gas hookups in Los Angeles County after local officials decline to make it a priority in the face of potential shortages due to pipeline closures.

Suddenly, California’s carbon cap-and-trade program appears to have no real cap, note leading economists, though that may not be a bad thing.

The grid operator plans to review the future role of reliability must-run contracts beginning later this month.

—The Editors

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