The Buzz

7 Sep 2018

Figuring out how to optimize energy flows between the grid and electric vehicles gains attention among state agencies.

Supreme Court Justice nominee Brett Kavanaugh is not a friend of the environment and he has taken issue with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s power to regulate greenhouse gases.

California’s grid chief warns the defeat of AB 813—which would have allowed the California Independent System Operator to expand its wings across western states—eventually will be viewed as a historical blunder.

CAISO’s board approves revisions that aim to increase energy storage and distributed energy resource players in its market. It also extends controversial reliability-must-run contracts.

The Los Angeles Department of Water & Power’s board reviews the muni’s robust wildfire standards, which officials there say put state standards to shame.

Bay Area city mayors object to a proposal by the California Public Utilities Commission that would raise exit fees for community choice aggregators. Federal Democratic lawmakers take issue with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission chair’s reply to their complaint about his chief of staff making ostensibly biased comments to an industry group.

Senate bills to increase direct access for businesses and energy storage and rework energy efficiency programs await the governor’s autograph.

A bill saddling Pacific Gas & Electric customers with massive wildfire liability also makes it through the legislative process.

Oil and electricity may seem to be unrelated forms of energy, at least in California, but this week’s guest column notes that the two may soon trade places in the energy hierarchy.

—The Editors

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