The Buzz

4 May 2018

Trump and friends‘ effort to dismantle climate protection and alternative energy laws are keeping California lawyers busy, although legislative overkill has weakened some challenges. But harm from the federal administration’s rejiggering of formulas that will turn the pluses of lower carbon emissions and energy efficient appliances into minuses is closer at hand.

Back in San Francisco, California energy regulators call for a plan to protect monopoly utilities and the traditional grid from rising levels of customer-owned solar systems and community choice aggregation. Community energy strikes back, noting they come from the ashes of the 2000-01 energy crisis.

The day before, a proposed California Public Utilities Commission decision takes a different approach. It would deny SDG&E’s proposed 50-mile long, pricey transmission project because there is no need.

The California Energy Commission’s projections that electric vehicles  may draw nearly 1,000 MW from the state’s grid gets a closer look.

Federal energy regulators grapple with what utility transmission infrastructure spending is within and outside its planning approval process.

The re-establishment of net metering in Nevada revives the Silver State’s solar rooftop market.

Although California leaders say they don’t want to pick a fight with Trump et al, they do just that with a lawsuit to protect California vehicle emissions standards.

A Building Industries Association report states the obvious: that converting home space and water heating systems and cooking ranges from natural gas to electricity raises prices. JUICE points out that a bit less obvious is why the report.

–The Editors

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