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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 […]


10 May

California will have plenty of power this summer, the grid operator concluded in a report May 11, although the ongoing closure of the Aliso Canyon natural gas storage field in Southern California remains a concern. The California Independent System Operator said that its system should have a 19.5 percent operating reserve margin under normal conditions. […]

Generator Earnings Mixed in First Quarter

9 May

Generators latest earnings report were not as grim as reported in previous quarters but also nothing to write home about. AES: This Virginia-based company continues to suffer losses. The first quarter of 2017 it reported a loss of $24 million, or minus 4 cents per share. That compares with net earnings of $126 million reported […]

Guest Juice: DOE Grid “Study”: Politics Trump Facts

1 May

By John Moore Secretary of Energy Rick Perry has directed his agency to conduct a hurried review of how environmental protection standards and clean energy incentives are apparently threatening to bring our power grid to its knees. That action shows either a lack of understanding as to how grid operators (including the one back in […]

Climate Roundup: U.S. Energy-Related Emissions Fall as Coal Declines

11 Apr

Last year, U.S. carbon dioxide emissions from energy use were 1.7 percent below 2015 levels.  Carbon dioxide emissions in 2016 were pegged at 5.17 million metric tons, the Energy Information Administration reported April 10. The decline was even greater in the electric power sector, which saw greenhouse gas emissions fall 4.9 percent. Last year’s decrease […]


4 Apr

U.C. Irvine could dramatically increase use of renewable energy with power to gas technology using excess solar energy to make hydrogen from water in an electrolyzer. “With power-to-gas technology, you don’t need to stop renewable power generation when demand is low,” said Jack Brouwer, associate professor of mechanical & aerospace engineering and civil & environmental […]

Undercurrents: LADWP Refunds Expected this Summer

28 Mar

The Los Angeles Department of Water & Power this week plans to begin notifying its 2.4 million customers of how the muni plans to resolve overbilling errors that occurred after a flawed billing system was rolled out in 2013. The notice will provide the details of a planned court settlement expected to be approved by […]

Bill Seeks to Improve Carbon Accounting for Unspecified Power

15 Mar

Legislation requiring the California Air Resources Board to better estimate the greenhouse gas emissions from coal-powered electricity sent into California as unspecified resources passed its first committee hearing. The Assembly Utilities & Commerce Committee March 15 passed on an 8-5 vote AB 79 by Assemblymember Marc Levine (D-Marin County). The bill seeks to establish improved […]

Undercurrents: Lawsuit Against Oakland Coal Terminal Ban Is Challenged

22 Feb

A group of environmental organizations seek to dismiss the lawsuit against the City of Oakland for banning the development of a marine coal export terminal. “After their review, the testimony of many experts, and powerful pressure from a local community deeply concerned about air quality, the Oakland City Council voted unanimously to use their legal […]

Navajo Coal Plant Closure Slated for 2019

14 Feb

The majority owners of the Navajo Generating Station, including potential western grid partners with California, voted unanimously Feb. 13 to shut the polluting coal power plant in three years, when its lease expires. Earlier this year, the Salt River Project, Arizona Public Service Co., NV Energy and Tucson Electric Power, which represent 75 percent of […]

JUICE: Facing Facts

19 Jan

About 70 years after the publication of How Green Was My Valley, the tale of a dying Welsh coal mining town, I spent a day in a large subterranean mine outside of Pittsburg, Pennsylvania. (more…)

Navajo Coal Plant May Shutdown Soon

11 Jan

The 2,250 MW coal-fired Navajo power station in Arizona is being hammered by low natural gas prices and possible loss of another partner, increasing the odds its could be shuttered by the time its lease expires on Dec. 23, 2019. The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power discontinued its ownership interest in the polluting […]

JUICE: What Tea Leafs Tell for 2017

11 Jan

As a fine mist descends from the sky and steam rises from a tea pot, my thoughts turn to what’s likely to happen to energy policy in California this year. For most of my life, California has been at the forefront of efforts to develop clean and renewable sources of energy to eliminate the heavy […]

Obama’s Interior Department Calls for Coal Mining Lease Reform

11 Jan

A federal report assessing the need to overhaul the leasing of public lands for extracting coal was finalized Jan. 11 by the Department of Interior. “We have a responsibility to ensure the public – including state governments – get a fair return from the sale of America’s coal, operate the program efficiently and in a […]

JUICE: Elephants in the Grid Room

5 Jan

Editor’ Note:  With this issue we are launching our Trump Watch, which covers moves and actions by the incoming administration that threaten or clash with California’s years of policies, rules and laws to move its electricity sector away from fossil fuels.   That California’s climate protection and alternative energy policies clash with the incoming Trump […]


15 Dec

The company pushing to develop a marine export terminal that would ship coal and petroleum coke across the ocean from Oakland sued that city’s council for adopting a resolution last summer banning these exports from the project. The Oakland Bulk & Oversized Terminal claims that the Oakland City Council’s prohibition impacted the value of its […]


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, […]

JUICE: CA Green Ain’t the New Black

17 Nov

Last week’s national election was demoralizing for clean energy advocates and many others but it also had the inverse effect of galvanizing state and local leadership. A few days after the election, Gov. Jerry Brown pledged to “protect the precious rights of our people and continue to confront the existential threat of our time, devastating […]

Energy Commission Touts Local & State Clean Energy Work

10 Nov

The California Energy Commission unanimously approved local and state climate protection actions the day after the Nov. 8 elections and highlighted their importance in light of the impact of the national election results. “Our energy landscape likely will be radically remade,” said Commissioner David Hochschild following the election of Donald Trump as the next President […]


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 […]