The Buzz

18 Jul 2019

Editor’s Note: California Current will be taking its two-week summer break beginning today, July 19. Story posting will resume the week of Aug. 5.

The California Public Utilities Commission gets a new President after Gov. Gavin Newsom appointed Marybel Batjer to the post this week. Batjer will take over an agency that has lost much of its credibility with lawmakers and the public, the week’s Juice column observes.

Berkeley is on its way to becoming the first city in California to ban natural gas hookups for new housing after its city council takes an initial vote on building code revisions.

In Congress, two committees advance some 30 separate pieces of energy legislation to improve cyber security, bolster energy efficiency, and advance other aims.

In Sacramento, lawmakers advance numerous state energy bills for a variety of purposes, including improving utility safety, before adjourning for summer recess.

Meeting early this week the California Energy Commission funds 200 new electric school buses to replace soot-belching diesel models. Later in the week, CEC reviews its progress in supporting electric vehicle infrastructure and clean transportation, noting that more than 9,000 charging stations have been funded.

There’s no question electric vehicles are becoming more popular, a U.S. Senate panel hears, but it begs the question of how to deal with all of the batteries after they reach the end of their useful lives.

—The Editors

 

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