The Buzz

12 Mar 2020

The rising threat of the new coronavirus gets state and federal agencies in gear. 

A few days earlier, regulators and other energy entities don’t agree on how to respond. The state grid operator is the first to take major precautions, discontinuing its in-person meetings to thwart the possible spread of COVID-19 pathogens.

With no fanfare, the California Public Utilities Commission reaffirms its say over Pacific Gas & Electric’s pricey Diablo Canyon tab.

State regulators also okay PG&Es request to hedge interest rates to arise from $6 billion in new debt financing. Our PG&E bankruptcy Roundup also reports on PG&E sealing a $1 billion deal with federal emergency officials for their three years of fire response work.

The California Energy Commission continues to award millions of dollars to clean energy projects. This week the recipients are food processors, the struggling Bay Area City of Richmond and three other cities.

A second community aggregator agreed to accept a share of controversial nuclear power from PG&E’s Diablo Canyon. Other community energy groups are watching and waiting.

California is big on wind energy but oddly enough none of that includes offshore wind. That is expected to change with growing interest, better technology and lower costs, finds the California Energy Commission.

This week’s guest editorial, by Southern California Edison, touts the impressive job prospects of transportation electrification in the southern half of the state that’s detailed in a new report.

And more…

                                                                                                            —The Editors

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