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Opinionated: The Energy Efficiency Conundrum

9 May

By Todd Edmister In its well-intentioned efforts to address climate change in SB 350, the California Legislature mandated that state investor-owned utilities “double” energy savings cost-effectively by 2030. The fly in the ointment here is that SB 350’s new “doubling” requirement rests atop long-established legislation already requiring private utilities to obtain “all available energy efficiency […]

CALENDAR

29 Nov

Dec. 6: LADWP regular board meeting. Agenda is expected to be available 72 hours prior to meeting. More information. Time: 10 a.m. Place: LADWP, Room 1555-H, 111 North Hope St., Los Angeles.   Dec. 6: California Public Utilities Commission workshop on proposed Southern California Edison rate increase. More information. Time: 9 a.m. Place: CPUC Auditorium, […]

SHORTS

10 Nov

California Public Utilities Commission staff raised concern about the national election’s impacts on the agency. “We are a creature of state policy,” CPUC President Mike Picker pointed out during the Nov. 10 business meeting. “There probably will be adjustments as the market shifts and it’s clear as to what we have to do to reduce […]

CARB’s Cap & Trade Amendments Call for 40 Percent Emissions Cut

23 Sep

State air regulators began considering sweeping amendments to California’s carbon cap-and-trade rules Sept. 22 to extend the program beyond 2020 and to make it the primary vehicle for meeting the federal Clean Power Plan requirements. The federal plan seeks to cut greenhouse gas emissions from the economy’s electric sector 30 percent by 2030. (more…)

The Buzz

1 Sep

Just before the start of Labor Day weekend, lawmakers labored to get several significant climate protection and energy bills to the Governor’s desk. Among them are three bills to direct spending of unspent cap-and-trade revenue and to designate much of the money for pollution reduction from transportation, including from large and small vehicles, and in […]

The Buzz

29 Jul

Note: California Current is taking a summer break. Our next issue will come out on Aug. 19. Los Angeles Department of Water & Power is joining with other California public power agencies in an effort to slow any move to regionalize the western power grid. The strategy includes lobbying the Legislature after a LADWP official […]

This Week’s Buzz

15 Jul

  Regionalizing California’s grid to lower the cost and improve the integration of rising levels of solar and wind power gets a bit of a black eye. In spite of the California grid operator’s intentions to increase grid efficiency and transparency and lower costs by eliminating the current “balkanization,” its first western grid partner, PacifiCorp, […]

Is the Wind Down of Diablo Canyon a Sign of Things to Come?

24 Jun

High costs and growing opposition led Pacific Gas & Electric June 21 to formally end its efforts to extend the life of its 2,200 MW Diablo Nuclear Power Plant along California’s Central Coast and commit to replacing its power with clean energy resource (more…)

Calendar

28 May

May 30: Memorial Day – national holiday. June 1-2: The seventh annual Clean Energy Ministerial, hosted by the U.S. Department of Energy. Energy ministers from around the world will work with business leaders to advance clean energy. It’s the first “Mission Innovation Ministerial,” which is to focus on an initiative to spend billions on clean […]

DOE Pursues Community Backing for Nuclear Waste Dump

28 Apr

After facing insurmountable opposition to constructing a long-term nuclear waste repository at Yucca Mountain, NV, the Department of Energy is attempting a new strategy for getting one built to handle growing levels of radioactive waste at San Onofre and elsewhere. “Nuclear waste management is at an impasse,” acknowledged John Kotek, acting assistant secretary for nuclear […]

JUICE: Auld Lang Zine

14 Jan

Like those once bright and fragrant Fir trees that were hauled away after the holidays, our dated website was put out on the virtual curb, picked up and turned into compost. (more…)

Shorts

7 Jan

Natural gas prices on the spot market averaged $2.61 per million British thermal units in 2015, the lowest level since 1999, according to the Energy Information Agency Jan. 5. A warm fall last year and record production and storage levels were behind the low price, EIA said.   (more…)

CPUC Budget Cuts to Delay Efficiency, CHP, & Other Proceed

3 Dec

The California Public Utilities is planning to delay implementing some new laws, defer hiring, and cut staff travel and meetings outside San Francisco in order to trim its expenditures by $5 million. (more…)

PG&E Raises Red Flag on Carbon Capture & Sequestration

25 Nov

As the California Air Resources Board develops its second investment plan for carbon cap-and-trade proceeds, one utility is advocating spending some of the money for building energy efficiency, bioenergy projects, and other purposes, and to exercise caution in funding carbon capture and sequestration projects. (more…)

CLIMATE ROUNDUP: U.S. Greenhouse Gases Rise

25 Nov

Last year, energy-related carbon dioxide emissions in the U.S. grew by 0.9 percent, or by 50 million metric tons. They increased from 5,355 million metric tons in 2013 to 5,406 MMt in 2014, the Energy Information Agency reported Nov. 23. (more…)

SHORTS

25 Nov

The Sacramento Municipal Utility District board unanimously elected members Nancy Bui-Thompson and Bill Slaton as the board’s president and vice president, respectively, for 2016. Neither chose to make a public statement upon their Nov. 19 election. “It is a significant amount more work; the pay is the same, so thanks for offering to do it,” […]

Picker & Randolph Await Vote

28 Aug

California Public Utilities Commission President Mike Picker and member Liane Randolph are expected to be confirmed in their posts by the full Senate possibly by early next week. (more…)