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18 Oct

The California Independent System Operator’s vision of the grid at its annual stakeholder symposium in Sacramento is far sighted, imagining a wholly remade energy system based on renewable power. A skeletal Federal Energy Regulatory Commission okays partial cyber security rules, as the chair remains sidelined by cancer complications. State utility regulators levy penalties on the […]

The Buzz

11 Oct

Utility regulators whack community choice programs with higher costs in a long-awaited and controversial decision on the Power Charge Indifference Adjustment. The PCIA requires choice program customers to pay exit fees to utilities for power contracts said to be entered on their behalf. Regulators give the green light to seven new utility energy storage projects, […]

CPUC Hits Community Choice with Higher Costs

11 Oct

Facing significant opposition in a shifting energy world, the California Public Utilities Commission Oct. 11 unanimously approved a decision that will raise the bills of community energy and direct access customers by shifting more private utility portfolio costs onto them. In voting this week, commissioners backed revisions to the controversial Power Charge Indifference Adjustment methodology […]

The Buzz

4 Oct

California’s big three investor-owned energy utilities are hit with credit downgrades. Their borrowing pains would be a lot higher but for enactment of SB 901. In spite of all the pro-electric vehicle effort and rhetoric in the state, the California Energy Commission slashes its spending plan for its Alternative & Renewable Fuel & Vehicle Technology […]

The Buzz

27 Sep

In response to intense pressure, utility regulators kick the can down the road on the amount of exit fees community choice aggregators pay the utilities. The California Public Utilities does okay new consumer protections for residential solar customers. Utilities are allowed to borrow to meet uninsured wildfire liabilities under a new state law Gov. Jerry […]

Analysis: Who Will Capture Value Behind-the-Meter

25 Sep

By Fereidoon P. Sioshansi, Ph.D. The evidence that the place to focus on in the future is mostly behind-the-meter (BTM) is gaining momentum. In early September, Energy Post published an extensive interview with Jan Vrins, managing director at Navigant, a consultancy. He said the much talked about energy transition, “… has already happened. We have […]

The Buzz

20 Sep

Gov. Jerry Brown pens legislation to restore money cut by utility regulators from a closure cost settlement agreement for the Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant in San Luis Obispo County. He approves another measure to lift the cap on direct access to power by businesses in California. Brown also signs numerous other energy-related measures, including […]

Green Bonds Surge

18 Sep

The green bond market is growing exponentially. Predictions are that the world’s green bond market will reach $1 trillion by 2020, at least according to financial representatives at last week’s Global Climate Action Summit. These public and private bonds are used to finance low-carbon infrastructure, including renewable energy projects, green buildings, energy and water efficiency […]

The Buzz

14 Sep

Gov. Jerry Brown’s big climate change conference is marked by protests over continued use of fossil fuel. Meanwhile, the state chief celebrates California’s carbon cap-and-trade program as a key element of his legacy on climate change. One-hundred percent is California’s new goal for carbon-free power in 2045 after Sen. Kevin De León’s SB 100 is […]

SF Climate Meeting Aims to Rekindle Paris Deal, Though Views Differ

14 Sep

During the first day of the Sept. 13-14 International Global Climate Action Summit promoted by Gov. Jerry Brown there were clashes inside and outside the hall over continuing fossil fuel use, as well as advancing carbon markets. “Keep fossil fuels in the soil. Honor our next generation,” Kanyon Sayers-Roods, Indian Canyon Muraun Band of Ohlone […]

The Buzz

7 Sep

Figuring out how to optimize energy flows between the grid and electric vehicles gains attention among state agencies. Supreme Court Justice nominee Brett Kavanaugh is not a friend of the environment and he has taken issue with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s power to regulate greenhouse gases. California’s grid chief warns the defeat of AB […]

OPINIONATED: Oil vs. Electricity?

4 Sep

By Fereidoon Sioshansi Oil vs. electricity is an odd comparison. The two are separate and unrelated forms of energy–with the possible exception of a few places where oil is still burned to generate electricity, such as in Saudi Arabia. While most people acknowledge the disproportionate dominance of oil relative to electricity in terms of supplying […]

The Buzz

31 Aug

A bill to put ratepayers on the hook for the cost of utility liability from wildfires sparked by electric lines rose from the dead this week. It faces a showdown vote today in the Legislature. Gov. Jerry Brown must decide whether to sign into law a bill that would set the state on the course […]

OPINIONATED: Go Back to Aliso Canyon Deal Drawing Board

28 Aug

By V. John White Three years ago, Aliso Canyon was home to the largest methane leak in U.S. history, resulting in dozens of hospitalizations, the release of more than 100,000 tons of potent GHG emissions, and the evacuation of more than 10,000 families. Earlier this month, the state attorney general and California Air Resources Board […]

The Buzz

23 Aug

As the Legislature comes down to the wire, some energy measures appear close to passing, including one that will move to greenhouse gas-free power and another to bolster energy storage. Southern California Edison gets the okay to build a $170 million sub-transmission line to serve parts of Riverside County. Legislation replacing mitigation funding for the […]

Live Energy Bills & Ones on Life Support

23 Aug

Bills to move to 100 percent greenhouse gas-free power and to grow energy storage in California are close the finish line. But, legislation to open up direct access was gutted and is unlikely to be put to a vote. SB 100, to require 100 percent carbon-free power in California by 2045, remains alive as lawmakers […]

The Buzz

17 Aug

Few are holding their breath on votes on the big pending energy bills. The fate of legislation creating grid regionalization and a 100 percent green energy bill, as well as addressing wildfire liability, is anyone’s guess. Adequate and continuous funding for wildfire mitigation and management in California is the elephant in the room that legislators […]

The Buzz

10 Aug

A legislative conference committee working to address wildfire safety and liability standards for utilities faces major opposition. The big kahuna is who gets slammed with the multi-billion tab for harm from utility equipment-sparked blazes. Major energy legislation to create a regionalized grid, move to 100 percent carbon-free power, and open up direct access to all […]

Major Energy Bills Stall in Sacramento

9 Aug

Legislation that would make major changes to the state’s electricity industry failed to advance this week as lawmakers began to count down the remaining days in this year’s legislative session. One bill stalled on the Assembly floor and two were delayed in legislative appropriations committees where they face an Aug. 17 deadline for approval or […]

The Buzz

19 Jul

The East Bay’s new community choice program adopts a five-year local investment plan that targets local renewable energy, energy efficiency, and electric transportation. In an increasingly rare display of bipartisanship in Washington, members of both parties in the House praise the growing role of energy storage technology during a committee hearing this week. Current’s Juice […]