The Buzz

27 Apr 2018

Legislation to raise payments to needed gas power plants in California, to increase the use of home electric air and space heating, and to make school reps eligible for intervenor compensation make the cut. Midweek, the Assembly Utilities & Energy Committee sends these measures on to the next committee.

Measures to bolster energy storage and electric bus deployment are among the bills the Senate Energy, Utilities, & Communications Committee passes.

Elsewhere, teeth in a bill to advance biomass, biogas, and geothermal power are yanked.

Votes on a controversial regulatory decision to deny Southern California Edison rate recovery for energy efficiency, renewables and energy storage in the Los Angeles Basin get postponed.  The tentative ruling is viewed by the utility and others as clashing with the state’s clean energy work.

Federal energy regulators agree to consider updating their natural gas pipeline permit process. JUICE warns that the some of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission members’ push for new gas lines in and outside Southern California is a return to the Ike Age.

The Los Angeles Department of Water & Power embraces community solar and new battery storage.

So Cal Gas successfully demos a system that turns carbon dioxide in biogas into methane. What is even better, Clean Tech finds, is that the process can be powered by excess renewables.

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