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CPUC OKs 27% & 17% Revenue Rise for Sempra Utilities

26 Sep

The California Public Utilities Commission Sept. 26 unanimously adopted a 13.78 percent increase in SoCal Gas’ 2019 test year revenue requirement over last year’s rates to reach nearly $2.8 billion. The hike was made as part of the Sempra utility’s 2019-21 general rate case. The five commissioners also signed off on a higher revenue requirement […]

Lawmakers Lukewarm on Central Procurement Bill

10 Apr

The Assembly Utilities & Energy Committee April 10 backed legislation to establish a central authority to serve as the state’s chief backstop power purchasing agent, but only after watering it down because of stiff opposition. Before this week’s hearing, Southern California Edison, publicly owned utilities, community choice aggregators, and some environmental groups, opposed the measure […]

Gas Supply Crimps Stress Southern California

11 Feb

Cold weather in Southern California is continuing to stress natural gas supplies, resulting in gas withdrawals by SoCal Gas from its constrained Aliso Canyon natural gas storage facility. The utility notified the California Public Utilities Commission that it had to withdraw gas from the field beginning at 11:22 p.m. on Feb. 10 as temperatures dipped […]

The Buzz

4 Oct

California’s big three investor-owned energy utilities are hit with credit downgrades. Their borrowing pains would be a lot higher but for enactment of SB 901. In spite of all the pro-electric vehicle effort and rhetoric in the state, the California Energy Commission slashes its spending plan for its Alternative & Renewable Fuel & Vehicle Technology […]

Undercurrents: Exit Fee Proposal Bashed by Mayors

4 Sep

Updated Sept. 6. The mayors of major Bay Area cities Sept. 3 protested a proposal by the California Public Utilities Commission released last month that would raise exits fees for community choice aggregators. San Francisco Mayor London Breed, San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo and Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf said the tentative decision by Commissioner Carla […]

Undercurrents: Dems Slam FERC Chair for Pushing Price Supports

21 Aug

Updated Aug. 22 The head federal energy regulator was blasted for allowing his top staffer to state during a nuclear energy conference that his agency was working with the Trump Administration to ensure nuclear and coal power is subsidized under the controversial “fuel resiliency” theory. Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-WA), Natural Resources Committee ranking member, and […]

Juice: Centralizing to Decentralize

2 Jul

As community choice aggregation, distributed generation, and interest by companies in making or purchasing their own power rise, California energy officials appear ready to change the state’s electricity market under the banner of “customer choice.” It’s uncertain what the California Public Utilities Commission will recommend in its final analysis outlining how customer choice is changing […]

Calpine Sale Faces Court Challenge

6 Dec

The merger plan of the financially struggling Calpine has hit a legal snag. The generating company announced Aug. 17 it reached a buyout deal with private equity firm Energy Capital Partners, but then later was hit with class action suits. Four lawsuits were filed in late October and mid-November in the U.S. District Court for […]

SHORTS

27 Aug

Southern California Edison brought 1,118 MW worth of negawatts into the grid operator’s wholesale power market Aug. 21. Edison announced that the negawatts represent energy savings during peak demand by 320,000 of its customers. The utility hopes to expand participation in the market by its customers who have enrolled in its demand response program, in […]

Grid Operator Cautious on Imbalance Market Pricing

9 Jan

High prices at issue.

Glitches Seen in New Grid ‘Balancing’ Market

20 Nov

Incorrect prices.

Grid Operator Tests ‘Imbalance’ Market

2 Oct

Formal launch.

Grid Operator Lines Up New Marketers

28 Aug

Participation approved.

CA Asks FERC’s OK to Expand Energy Imbalance Market

17 Apr

NV Energy.

Imbalance Market Moves Forward

15 Nov

Short-term gaps to be filled.

Balancing Resources with Imbalance Market

24 Oct

Partnership a bridge.

JUICE: Smarting

22 Feb

SMUD's smart meter faux pas.

Grid Operator Mitigates Own Market Mitigation

21 Dec

Profiteering curbs authorized.

Regulators Order Utility Interest Rate Decline

21 Dec

PUC moderates high return rates.

Deutsche Traders Defend Wholesale Electricity Capitalism

16 Nov

Fraud allegations denied.