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The Buzz

13 Jul

Editor’s Note: California Current will be taking a two-week summer break. The last stories before the break will be posted on July 20. Story posting will resume the week of Aug. 6. State energy regulators belatedly agree to approve Southern California Edison’s 125 MW of energy efficiency, renewables and energy storage agreements to be developed […]

Undercurrents

10 Jul

The harm to the marine environment from using ocean water to cool power plants is more widespread than thought, according to a new research report by the Ocean Protection Council Science Advisory Team. The Council, a state agency, released the report July 9. It showed that ocean currents connect separate marine protection zones, essentially spreading […]

Undercurrents

5 Mar

Amid many moving pieces, Southern California Edison is soliciting preferred resources to meet local power capacity needs in the Moorpark subarea of Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties beginning in summer of 2021. Included in the mix are a potential transmission alternative and a transition from utility provided power to community choice. Preferred resources typically include […]

Shorts

20 Feb

Updated Feb. 22. Edison International reported a fourth quarter 2017 net loss of $545 million compared to net income of $329 million in the fourth quarter of 2016 on Feb. 22. Earnings at its utility, Southern California Edison, declined $437 million from those in the fourth quarter of 2016. Meanwhile, earnings also slowed at Pacific […]

Undercurrents

12 Feb

President Trump’s proposed $30.6 billion 2019 budget for the Department of Energy would cut annual funding for energy-related programs at the agency by $1.9 billion to $2.5 billion. Rep. Frank Pallone (D-NJ) said the proposal “decimates our nation’s investment in energy efficiency and renewable energy programs, which will increase energy costs for consumers, undermine clean […]

BLM Reopens Desert Conservation Plan

2 Feb

The Bureau of Land Management may expand the acreage open to renewable energy siting and broadband facilities in California under the Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan. The potential expansion was announced Feb. 1. “We need to reduce burdens on all domestic energy development, including solar, wind and other renewables,” said Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for […]

CA Sues Trump over Federal Fracking Rule

24 Jan

California’s top attorney filed another suit against the Trump Administration, this time for repealing regulations to mitigate the impacts of fracking oil and gas wells on federal and Native American tribal lands in and outside the state. President Trump and Interior Department Secretary Ryan Zinke “didn’t let the law or facts get in their way […]

JUICE: Clashing Colors

8 Jan

Continued efforts by the Trump Administration to brown green federal protections are being met head on by this Blue State’s considerable political, legal and market clout. In his latest move, President Trump, along with Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, said the administration is repealing the prohibition on coastal oil and gas drilling. Zinke said it would […]

Federal Energy Project Permit Streamlining Said Lacking

12 Dec

Lawmakers focused on efforts to streamline the federal permitting process for energy and other infrastructure projects built on federal lands during a U.S. Senate Energy & Natural Resources Committee hearing Dec. 12. Panel Chair Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) urged federal agencies to do more to expedite permits. She noted that similar projects approved in Canada […]

Climate Roundup: Electric Big Rigs Face Big Costs

30 Nov

Electric big rig trucks, which the state is pushing hard to cut emissions of greenhouse gases and unhealthful pollutants from transportation, have high “upfront costs” that “are prohibitive,” Navigant Research concluded in a report released Nov. 29. The report comes as the California Public Utilities Commission is weighing a plan by Southern California Edison to […]

Undercurrents

29 Nov

The Bonneville Power Administration is keeping an eye on how flows of electricity to California and others in the grid operator’s Energy Imbalance Market might affect its ability to provide reliable power to the Pacific Northwest. Russell Mantifel, Bonneville EIM access program manager, outlined the effort in a presentation Nov. 28 at the Regional EIM […]

JUICE: Trump & CA’s Clean Energy House

5 Apr

President Donald Trump’s growling about climate-friendly federal laws, rules and programs could be worse than his greenhouse gas emissions bite to California’s climate protection efforts, at least in the short term. But, threatened financial chomps are a concern with the possible slashing of federal funding for state renewable energy programs and low-income energy assistance. Sharp […]

Undercurrents

17 Nov

Governance will remain unchanged at the Los Angeles Department of Water & Power in the wake of the November election. Los Angeles voters turned down a ballot measure to expand the muni’s board from five to seven members and to give the utility more authority to hire and enter contracts without concurrence of the city […]

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 […]

RETI 2 Seeks to Get Organized

25 Nov

  Identifying the least environmentally harmful places to build renewable energy generating plants and transmission lines and interconnect them to the state grid is the ongoing focus of the California Energy Commission’s Second Renewable Energy Transmission Initiative (RETI). (more…)

SHORTS

12 Nov

The city of Morro Bay last month entered into a cooperative agreement with Trident Wind Energy, which is trying to develop a 1,000 MW wind farm off the San Luis Obispo County coast. The power from the wind project could be transmitted to connect with the grid at the closed down Morro Bay Power Plant […]

SHORTS

18 Jun

California is the first state in the nation to top 10,000 MW of installed solar capacity, according to U.S. Solar Market Insight Report, released by GTM Research and the Solar Energy Industries Association June 15.  California installed 718 MW of solar energy in the first three months of 2015, raising the state’s total capacity to […]

JUICE: Poster Child Ratemaking

8 May

Every cause has its poster child and every poster girl or boy has a story. That’s also the case when it comes to the equity of California residential electric rates charged by investor-owned utilities. (more…)

Desert Renewable Conservation Strategy Outlined

19 Dec

DRECP.

Inside the Beltway: Agency Urged to Speed Permitting

31 Jul

Pressure.