The Buzz

29 Mar 2018

Facing massive liability lawsuits for its potential role in igniting wildfires that scorched Santa Rosa and other Wine Country communities last fall, Pacific Gas & Electric argues it’s not subject to claims based on the legal doctrine of inverse condemnation.

With hot weather just around the corner, state regulators order SoCal Gas to quickly fill up its depleted natural gas storage fields to make sure there’s enough fuel for power plants this summer.

Preferred resources for the Oakland area get the green light from the grid operator as it approves its annual transmission plan.

In Southern California, the grid operator okays a transmission project to meet future power needs in Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties. Some warn it faces the same fire threats as the existing line and will inhibit development of local clean resources initially envisioned.

State lawmakers appear ready to move forward this session on legislation to enable to a regionalized grid in the West. This week’s Juice column also highlights measures grappling with a changing utility landscape, including how to pay for the damages caused by increasingly climate change driven wildfires.

Federal regulators pare back the cost of reliability must run contracts awarded by the California Independent System Operator to Calpine after PG&E complained they were too expensive.

—The Editors

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