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CALENDAR

15 Sep

Sept. 21: 14th Annual GO 156 Supplier Diversity En Banc. CEOs and presidents of California’s investor-owned utilities will discuss their supplier diversity programs and activities aimed at encouraging inclusion of diverse suppliers in contract opportunities. Agenda. Time: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Place: South San Francisco Conference Center, 255 South Airport Blvd., South San Francisco. […]

JUICE: Finding Equal Footing for Small Renewable Wholesalers

8 Sep

Getting recognition in a large family was no easy feat. Being heard above the din of seven older siblings and three younger ones was an ongoing challenge, but the biggest one was overcoming the special treatment my heavily-outnumbered parents gave their first born. (more…)

Undercurrents

8 Sep

Excess renewable generation’s reputation is no longer the bad boy in the grid operator’s eye. For a number of years, the California Independent System Operator warned too much solar and wind power were wreaking havoc on grid reliability. (more…)

CLIMATE ROUNDUP: CAISO Grapples With Greenhouse Gas Accounting

8 Sep

The California Independent System Operator continued to struggle with how to account for greenhouse gas emissions in a regionalized grid during a stakeholder meeting Sept. 6. (more…)

CALENDAR

8 Sep

Sept. 13: The CEC will conduct a workshop on SB 350, which addresses the barriers faced by low-income and disadvantaged communities to investing in energy efficiency and weatherization, as well as potential solutions to address the barriers. More information. (more…)

CAISO Adopts Reactive Power Requirement for New Renewables

1 Sep

California’s grid operator Aug. 31 adopted a new standard to require solar and wind energy generators to provide reactive power to the grid when they build new projects. (more…)

Imbalance Market Governors See GHG Accounting, Intertie Bidding as ‘Hot Topics’

1 Sep

The permanent governing body of the California Independent System Operator’s Energy Imbalance Market met for the first time Aug. 30 and, while the meeting was largely organizational, it drilled down on greenhouse gas accounting and inter-tie bidding as “hot topics.” (more…)

CLIMATE ROUNDUP: Grid Regionalization Presents Carbon Accounting Conundrum

1 Sep

Among the challenges entailed in moving to a regional grid is how to determine when power is or is not serving the California market and whether there should be a fee added in for associated greenhouse emission impacts. (more…)

Calendar

1 Sep

Sept. 5: Labor Day. Federal holiday.   Sept. 6: Workshop on microgrids. CEC staff, in collaboration with the CPUC and CAISO will conduct a workshop to learn about California customers’ microgrid implementation strategies and challenges. More information. Time: 10 a.m. Place: Secretary of State Building, 1500 11th St., Auditorium, Sacramento.   Sept. 14: Monthly California […]

JUICE: Getting Answers to Unasked Grid Regionalization Questions

25 Aug

Like slow food, Gov. Jerry Brown’s move to break the fast pace of the consolidation of the western power grid is worth savoring. (more…)

Lawmakers Face Resistance on Cap & Trade & Grid Regionalization

28 Jul

The future of California carbon cap-and-trade program and greenhouse gas reduction goals, plus whether or not to authorize regionalizing the western grid, will weigh on California lawmakers as they reconvene for the final month of the legislative session next week. (more…)

Grid Operator Calls Statewide Flex Alert Under Persistent Heat Dome

28 Jul

The California Independent System Operator called the second flex alert of the year July 27, with a maximum forecast load within its system of 45,867 MW. The grid operator than extended the alert to also cover July 28, with a forecast peak load of 46,888 MW. (more…)

SHORTS

28 Jul

The western Energy Imbalance Market yielded $23.6 million in benefits in the second quarter of 2016 and displaced nearly 68,000 metric tons of carbon emissions by optimizing use of renewable energy, according to the California Independent System Operator July 28. That marked a 25 percent increase in benefits from the first quarter. Benefits from the […]

CAISO Governance Framework Focuses on States’ Rights

21 Jul

The California Independent System Operator this week revised its governance principles for a regional grid—originally aired in mid-June—to assuage potential western grid partners’ concerns that the Golden State will call the shots. (more…)

JUICE: A Shaky Union

21 Jul

Like a bride eager to get to the altar, the California grid operator’s desire to tie the regional grid knot is blinding her to the groom’s significant differences. Romance may carry the day, but differing and clashing world views in the area of global warming portend a troubled union after the celebration. (more…)

Undercurrents

21 Jul

As western energy officials discuss forming a multi-state grid, the California Independent System Operator is proposing to ban forming any power generation capacity market through which utilities could meet resource adequacy requirements. (more…)

CALENDAR

7 Jul

July 11: Joint agency workshop on analytical data, tools and approaches that could help establish energy efficiency targets, evaluate energy savings and integrate data into the periodic energy demand forecast. Details and attendance instructions. (more…)

FERC Delves Into Competitive Transmission Development

30 Jun

Federal energy regulators got an earful early this week in response to their query on whether to back off or strengthen their mandate to promote competitive transmission projects through improved regional coordination. (more…)

SHORTS

30 Jun

The State Lands Commission June 28 agreed to extend the lease for Pacific Gas & Electric’s Diablo Canyon nuclear plant to 2025. The lease was set to expire in 2018. The extension was granted less than a week after PG&E formally agreed to drop its controversial pursuit of a 20-year operating license extension from the […]

Calendar

30 Jun

July 4: Independence Day – federal holiday. (more…)

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