The Buzz

27 Sep 2018

In response to intense pressure, utility regulators kick the can down the road on the amount of exit fees community choice aggregators pay the utilities. The California Public Utilities does okay new consumer protections for residential solar customers.

Utilities are allowed to borrow to meet uninsured wildfire liabilities under a new state law Gov. Jerry Brown signs into law. Utilities loans are to be paid back with ratepayer money. The bill is among many Brown signs affecting state energy policy.

Electric transportation zooms down the highway with the help of three state agencies, while community solar comes to the fore for multi-unit dwellers in Los Angeles.

U.S. Senators ask the Treasury Department to make energy storage systems fully eligible for the 30 percent federal investment tax credit.

Power prices reach levels not seen in California since 2008, says the Energy Information Administration. The federal agency also finds almost a third of utility customers have trouble paying their energy bills.

Business opportunity in the power business increasingly lies behind the meter, says the head of Navigant.

Distributed energy, efficiency, and other measures edge out centralized utility-scale strategies in the state Legislature, this week’s Juice column finds.

State officials pan the Trump Administration’s plans to freeze automotive fuel economy and greenhouse gas emissions standards.

Redwood Coast Energy pursues the state’s first offshore wind power project, filing a lease application with the federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management.

Los Angeles leads the league in clean energy jobs, a study finds.

—The Editors

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