The Buzz

7 Dec 2018

Power demand through 2030 may be less than the California Energy Commission projected earlier this year because of slower economic growth.

The California Public Utilities Commission okays the three investor-owned utilities’ 2018-22 demand response programs, but also revises them.

A draft CPUC decision would continue to require investor-owned utilities to line up resource adequacy contracts, particularly those needed in areas with local congestion.

California ratepayers soon could be susceptible to price manipulation because of constrained supplies, warn CPUC officials.

The head of the Assembly energy committee delays introducing a bill aimed at keeping the state’s investor-owned utilities out of bankruptcy court, while another lawmaker pitches a measure drafted by San Diego Gas & Electric to allow utilities to exit the power supply business.

Estimates are that an additional $7.6 billion in state rebates will be needed for the state to reach its goal of getting 5 million electric vehicles on the road by 2030.

The CPUC okays passing through to investor-owned electric utility ratepayers in 2019 more than $800 million in DWR bond charges left over from state energy crisis contracts.

While emissions from the power sector are falling, greenhouse gases from the massive transportation sector are rising. JUICE warns these opposing trends make California’s green dream more elusive.

—The Editors

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