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The Buzz

25 Aug

State utility regulators okayed a shift in the peak pricing period to later in the day for San Diego Gas & Electric customers. Industry advocates warn it erodes the economic advantages of rooftop solar. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry gets an education about how the grid operates. A Department of Energy staff report he requested […]

The Buzz

25 May

Pacific Gas & Electric fails to garner an extra $1.5 billion for decommissioning its Diablo Canyon nuclear reactor, as the CPUC stands by an administrative law judge’s decision. FERC moves a bit closer to a quorum as a Senate panel holds a hearing on President Trump’s nominees. In a report that’s, well, quite predictable, CARB […]

CLIMATE ROUNDUP

27 Oct

The Aliso Canyon natural gas storage field leak emitted 109,000 metric tons of methane into the atmosphere from late October 2015 to mid-February 2016, according to the final estimate released Sept. 24 by the California Air Resources Board. That’s roughly equivalent to the annual natural gas usage of 190,000 Los Angeles homes, or the carbon dioxide […]

CALENDAR

27 Oct

Nov. 1: California Public Utilities Commission workshop on regionalization to hear from stakeholders and members of the public re: options for locating additional facilities in areas of California, such as Sacramento, which would allow the CPUC to collaborate with other agencies. More information and agenda.   Time: 9:15 a.m. – 4:15 p.m. Place: CPUC Auditorium, […]

CALENDAR

20 Oct

Oct. 24: A workshop will be held to receive public comments on the California Energy Commission’s Draft 2016 Integrated Energy Policy Report (IEPR) Update. More information. Draft 2016 IEPR Update (320-page PDF). (more…)

CLIMATE ROUNDUP

13 Oct

U.S. carbon dioxide emissions from energy use were the lowest in the first six months of this year than they have been since 1991, according to an Energy Information Administration tally released Oct. 12. (more…)

CALENDAR

13 Oct

Oct. 17: The California Energy Commission and the governor’s office will host a workshop on considerations for the development of a governance structure for a regional grid operator. Discussions involve modifications to the California Independent System Operator’s governance that would be needed to facilitate the transition to a regional organization. More information. (more…)

JUICE: A Letter from Bell to CARB

6 Oct

Editor’s Note: Since returning to California in 1988, Bill Kelly has frequently visited Bell and other communities in Southeast Los Angeles County in various professional capacities, including as the South Coast Air Quality Management District’s spokesperson for 12 years. The city of Bell is surrounded by polluting industries unlike where he lives and raised his […]

CALENDAR

6 Oct

  Oct. 10: California Energy Commission public meeting to present proposed regulations and seek comments from interested parties regarding proposed efficiency standards for computers, computer monitors and signage displays. More information. (more…)

Climate Roundup: Consumer Acceptance of EVs at Issue in Advance of Emissions Standards

22 Sep

Automakers expressed reservations before a House subcommittee Sept. 22 about the prospects for meeting greenhouse gas emission targets under federal and California standards, which ramp up in 2022. (more…)

CALENDAR

22 Sep

Sept. 26: Energy Commission staff will conduct a workshop regarding energy data collection to support the implementation of SB 350, AB 802 and improved energy analytics. More information. Time: 10 a.m. Place: California Energy Commission, First Floor, Arthur Rosenfeld Hearing Room, 1516 Ninth St., Sacramento. (more…)

CLIMATE ROUNDUP: Panoche Energy Cries Foul on Cap & Trade Legacy Contract Change

15 Sep

Panoche Energy Center told the California Air Resources Board this week that it will face $108 million in stranded liability over the next 12 years if the agency goes forward and adopts amendments as drafted to the state’s carbon cap-and-trade program. (more…)

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. […]

Major Climate Protection Bills Become Law

8 Sep

Under a hot sun, Gov. Jerry Brown signed two intertwined bills Sept. 8 that require further reductions in the state’s greenhouse gas emissions and direct more resources to curbing climate change’s impacts in struggling communities subjected to air pollution from heavy industries and freeways. (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…)

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 […]

Brown Predicts Heavy Industries Will Seek to Extend Cap-&-Trade

25 Aug

Gov. Jerry Brown told news reporters Aug. 24 that the combination of SB 32 and AB 197 will give the California Air Resources Board authority to continue pressing for emissions reductions from industries through direct regulations as a substitute for the current carbon cap-and-trade program should it be overturned by a court or not reauthorized […]