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26 Mar

Incessant telephonic disruptions don’t stop state regulators from approving 25,000 MW of new clean energy projects to cut the sector’s emission to 46 megatons of carbon emissions by 2030.  Also during their challenging public telephone business meeting, the California Public Utilities Commission unanimously okays $200 million in building decarbonization pilots. It also extends a multi-million […]


17 Mar

Updated March 18 Southern California Edison canceled plans for six pilot microgrids it hoped to have online this September. Only a few bids were received, and all costly. They ranged from $15 million to over $30 million, 13-100 times the costs of the alternatives, the utility told energy regulators, Microgrid Knowledge reported March 17. That […]


10 Mar

California does not yet have any offshore wind plants nor do most other states on the West and East coasts. There is only one commercial offshore wind farm in the U.S., which is in Rhode Island. This market, however, is expected to grow quickly with tools to improve offshore wind turbine performance, making them more […]


20 Feb

The California Energy Commission approved a Sacramento Municipal Utility District’s community solar program. The Feb. 20 approval was based on the Energy Commission’s 2019 Building Energy Efficiency Standards, which allow community solar in place of PV roof tops on new single family homes. “We expected that the marketplace and stakeholders would find solutions appropriate for […]

U.S. Senate Panel Probes Restarting Grid Post Blackout

11 Oct

Amid hurricanes, floods, fires, cyber threats, and a changing power generation resource mix, concerns are rising in Washington about the ability of the nation’s power industry to restore the grid after widespread blackouts. “The question we have to be able to answer,” said Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), chair of the U.S. Senate Energy & Natural […]

The Buzz

21 Jun

Pacific Gas & Electric notifies investors and lenders that it is taking a $2.5 billion loss in the second quarter as a result of mounting wildfire liability, with the worst potentially yet ahead. Meanwhile, a legislative committee in Sacramento advances a bill that may ease utility liability for wildfires. The California Public Utilities Commission sets […]


25 Apr

A bill to carve out a utility procurement mandate for biomass, biogas, and geothermal power made it through an Assembly Committee April 23, but only after specific numeric requirements were axed and replaced with vague placeholder language. AB 2208 by Assemblymember Cecilia Aguiar-Curry (D-Winters), who represents the Geysers geothermal resource area, said her bill “will […]

Cap-&-Trade Impacts Poor Neighborhoods

6 Jul

How to ensure both greenhouse gases and toxic air pollutants are reduced in struggling polluted communities was the focus of a Joint Legislative Climate Change Policies Committee hearing held July 5. The panel members seek “to understand what is happening, and what work needs to be done,” said chair Assemblymember Edward Garcia (D-Coachella). While overall […]


8 Feb

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has canceled its Feb. 16 meeting. Acting Chair Cheryl LaFleur and Commissioner Colette Honorable announced that future business meetings also are being suspended until President Donald Trump fills the commission to establish a quorum. Meanwhile, informational, as opposed to action item meetings will continue. SoCal Gas reached an $8.5 million […]


8 Dec

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, (R-AK) warned that House members were blocking passage of a comprehensive energy bill that is the product of bipartisan effort. “For two years, we have provided a textbook example of how the regular order process is supposed to work for congressional legislation,” she said. Murkowski noted the months of hearings, markups, […]

LADWP Projects Transmission Costs Will Balloon in Regionalized Grid

27 Oct

As the California Independent System Operator works to create a regional western electricity market with a centrally-operated power transmission grid, one of the major issues is how the cost of new and existing transmission projects will be allocated to participating utilities and their customers. Some critics of grid regionalization worry that California will wind up […]


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, […]

CEC Signs Off on LADWP-Intermountain Deal

20 Oct

A power sales contract between the Los Angeles Department of Water & Power and a Utah power agency to replace coal-fired power with gas-fired electricity, along with more than $3 million in loans and grants, were approved by the California Energy Commission during its Oct. 19 business meeting. (more…)


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…)

LADWP Plans to Deploy Smart Meters to All Customers by 2020

6 Oct

  After a five year-long $120 million pilot test project, half of which was funded by the Department of Energy, the Los Angeles Department of Water & Power is preparing to install smart power and water meters at all its customers’ premises. (more…)


29 Sep

The Los Angeles Department of Water & Power has completed the Barren Ridge Renewable Transmission project. The project is 62-mile line that will bring it 1,000 MW of solar and wind power from the Mojave Desert and Tehachapi Mountains.

LADWP to Rent Home Roofs for Solar Systems

22 Sep

The Los Angeles Department of Water & Power is planning to test the waters with a novel community solar program in the coming year. It is going to use two different approaches, one entailing placing photovoltaics on rented roofs and the other offering community solar shares. (more…)


8 Sep

A Sept. 6 committee hearing on a Los Angeles Department of Water & Power appeal of a California Energy Commission decision to reject some of the muni’s Renewable Portfolio Standard applications ordered both parties to confer and file a joint statement of stipulated facts no later than Oct. 5. The CEC panel also ordered each […]

LADWP, Energy Commission Meet on Renewable Standards for Biomethane

28 Jul

Behind closed doors, the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power this week argued that the California Energy Commission should reconsider its rejection of muni Renewable Portfolio Standard applications. At issue is how the commission should treat biomethane under the standard. (more…)


28 Jul

Aug. 2: LADWP Board of Water and Power Commission meeting. Agenda to be publicly available 72 hours prior to meeting. More information. Time: 11 a.m. Place: City of LA Dept. of Water & Power, Room 1555-H, 111 North Hope Street, Los Angeles. (more…)