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21 Feb 2019

The California Public Utilities Commission approves Pacific Gas & Electric’s and Southern California Edison’s $7 billion in energy purchase forecasts. But the approved decision also requires that annual projected power expenses—from renewables to fossil—be compared to the actual tab.

State energy regulators unanimously agree to a three-year resource adequacy requirement and to later create a central procurement authority blueprint. The California Public Utilities Commission also narrowly okays San Diego Gas & Electric’s resource adequacy agreement with Calpine’s Otay Mesa plant.

Last but not least, the CPUC also signs off on a 20-year contract between SCE and Consolidated Edison for the latter’s 107 MW solar project in Imperial Valley. That’s in spite of one regulator’s objections on grounds it’s not needed.

California’s cap-and-trade program has done little to reduce emissions so lawmakers want to know why the Air Board expects it to be the biggest source of carbon cuts until 2030.

A big juicy marketing opportunity is the installation of communication software in vehicle fleets to enable shifts in charging times to reduce grid impacts, attendees at an Energy Commission conference learn.

This week’s Juice column warns that trees don’t have standing. That’s because the private utilities propose cutting down 400,000 trees near their equipment in the hopes of reducing wildfire dangers.

The Energy Commission program to advance innovative clean energy projects is moving more into disadvantaged communities and those with high fire danger. Another top priority of the Electric Program Investment Charge is expanding energy storage technologies.

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