The Buzz

15 Jun 2018

Grid regionalization is back on the legislative agenda in Sacramento. A freshly amended bill apparently would implode the state’s renewable portfolio standard program.

Interest in the hydrogen highway heats up in both California and Washington. This week’s Juice column finds that the cost of electric power is a key barrier to hydrogen energy right now, but that could change as the California Public Utilities Commission examines how to modify electricity rates to potentially advance the clean fuel.

In the nation’s capital, the Department of Energy embarks on an effort to knock down regulatory barriers to hydrogen energy.

Emissions-free is the mantra for building energy standards> But, the California Energy Commission sees a lot of work ahead to develop a cost-effective policy strategy for ringing greenhouse gas emissions out of homes and commercial buildings.

Meanwhile, Hydrogen production and microgrids win funding from CEC at this week’s commission meeting.

Carbon emissions rights auction revenue hit a record high for California this fiscal year, netting $3 billion. However, the Legislature again delays crucial decisions about how to spend the mounting income amid widely different approaches.

Pacific Gas & Electric stares potentially mounting fire liability in the eye while shares dip after CalFire alleges more of the wildfires that swept through Northern California last fall were sparked by the utility’s power lines.

To the south, a major investor known to pick the bones of companies and foreign governments for profit aims to get Sempra Energy to sell off its non-utility businesses.

Ancillary service scarcities are becoming more common in California, the grid operator finds, although so far the impact appears to be nil.

—The Editors

 

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