The Buzz

26 Jan 2018

Front and center stage in Gov. Jerry Brown’s State of the State is his climate protection work   While he provided few specifics on how forthcoming carbon cap-and-trade auction funds would be divvied up, he insists that we can’t fight nature.

Over at the California Energy Commission, projects to reduce home natural gas use and utility bills appear to have accomplished just that.

The State Attorney General seeks to further California’s clean energy laws and practices by challenging the Trump Administration. This week, the AG sues the fossil fuel friendly federal administration for yanking rules to protect against the hazards of oil and gas well fracking on federal land.

A Congressional bill that favors exports of liquefied natural gas exports over the interests of domestic consumers gets slammed.

Trump levies a 30 percent tariff on imported solar cells and modules, which the solar industry says will diminish jobs in the industry.

Federal legislation to amend the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act would allow state authorities to relieve utilities of the duty to purchase power from so-called qualifying facilities.

California utility regulators approve a new fire risk map that will impose wider duties on electric utilities to carry out fire prevention programs aimed at keeping power lines from sparking destructive wildfires.

This week’s guest column laments how demand response participation dropped 10 percent last year.

—The Editors

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