The Buzz

24 Oct 2019

Shutoffs and more shutoffs more shutoffs this week because of dangerous winds and fires. Pacific Gas & Electric reports a transmission tower with broken jumper near the latest Sonoma fire.

In the midst of blazes, major fire risks and public outrage over outages, regulators approve collecting $10.5 billion from utility ratepayers for a legislatively mandated wildfire fund. Whether it cost a half a billion or nearly a billion dollars a year hinges on whether PG&E qualifies.

President Trump takes another swipe at California’s work to cut greenhouse gas emissions. This week he goes after the cap-and-trade agreement between state air regulators and the Canadian Province of Quebec.

Elsewhere in the nation’s capital, the challenge of decarbonizating ports, trucks, buses and jets to help create a 100 percent clean U.S. economy is at issue. Ways to overcome the big challenges include policy changes and financial support, witnesses tell a House Energy & Commerce panel.

Who loses power when PG&E or Southern California Edison do preventative shutoffs is driven by variable weather conditions and the state of utility infrastructure.

Why is there burning hot media and public responses in Northern California to PG&E shutoffs while Southern California Edison manages to avoid the eye of the de-energization storm. In this week’s Juice, Current editors debate contrasting facts and theories in the two halves of the state.

San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo weighs buying out PG&E’s infrastructure either through the new city aggregator or via municipalization.

A few days earlier, the California Public Utilities Commission lets PG&E executives have it during an all afternoon hearing on the impacts of the utility’s Oct. 9-12 black out of 2 million people to prevent wildfires.

The Editors

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