The Buzz

6 Mar 2020

State lawmakers ask the private utilities hard questions about the new wildfire mitigation plans’ impacts on ratepayer pocketbooks and safety.

Legislators also introduce new bills to keep PG&E et al from writing off penalties for safety violations. Other measures seek to increase the flow of renewable resources into utility grids and vehicles.

To help close the gap between carbon emissions and the state’s reduction goals, the California Energy Commission proposes spending nearly $400 million over three years, largely on clean cars and medium- and heavy-duty trucks. A key focus of the Clean Transportation Program funding is reducing pollution in disadvantaged communities.

A House Energy & Commerce Committee hearing concludes that emerging small nuclear plants are one of the tools needed to help get the U.S. to a net neutral carbon economy by 2050.

In spite of the White House’s continued failure to advance both a Democratic and Republican nominee to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, a Senate committee again recommends the nomination of the GOP candidate. The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee votes largely along party lines to tell the Senate to approve James Danly.

The latest earnings reports of the half a dozen generators operating in California are largely good news. The companies also tout renewable growth and emission reductions.

This week’s Guest Juice warns of the harm from allowing the Sacramento Municipal Utilities District to forgo solar rooftops on new homes via builder participation in the muni’s solar shares program. Concerns are there will be less solar energy, higher utility bills and other utilities may seek the same carve out from the California Energy Commission’s new building efficiency code.

And more…

                                                                                     —The Editors

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