The Buzz

2 Apr 2020

The surge in residential energy use from millions of people ordered to stay home motivates energy regulators to lighten the financial burden of higher utility bills. They plan to advance the climate credit so they aren’t quite so high.

The same day, California’s head energy regulator insists on resolving PG&E’s bankruptcy by the end of June. It appears that also includes the unrelated issue of interim rate recovery of almost $1 billion in 2019 wildfire costs starting in August.

In the thick of the COVID-19 epidemic, the Trump Administration releases its final rules loosening vehicle emissions standards. Many cry foul because they will hurt the people most vulnerable to the virus.

Subsequently a federal appeals court slams the U.S. EPA for hiding part of its updated modeling used to justify the rollback.

Rotting food, dark homes and loss of utility connections during safety power shutoffs can’t be the basis of a class action suit against PG&E, the bankruptcy court rules.

While the pandemic is causing people to scramble to make ends meet and/or entertain kids while trying to work from home, attorneys from renewable companies and utilities are revisiting those dense force majeure clauses. This week’s Juice finds a big concern is whether they protect power purchase agreements or leave them out in the cold.

PG&E’s $4 million penalty for dozens of felony violations arising from the 2018 Camp Fire will not be skimmed off the top of the $13.5 billion wildfire victim fund pending in bankruptcy court.

And more…

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