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Undercurrents: CAISO Is New Western Reliability Coordinator

5 Jun

The North American Electric Reliability Corp. early this week approved the California Independent System Operator as the West’s new reliability coordinator. With NERC certification in hand, CAISO will begin offering reliability coordinator services to electricity balancing authorities across the western states and in part of Mexico on July 1. “The NERC certification is an important […]

The Buzz

4 Jan

With the New Year comes the sad news of the death of Federal Energy Regulatory Commissioner, and former chair, Kevin McIntyre. The exit fee slapped on former PG&E customers is estimated to add $100 million. But, the exact tab for community choice customers should be known at the end of next week. CA’s Attorney General […]

Pasadena Plan Adds 150 MW of New Solar

27 Aug

Pasadena Water & Power rolled out its first integrated resources plan under SB 350 to a standing room only crowd Aug. 23. It promises to cut greenhouse gases 91 percent from their 1990 level and provide customers with power that’s at least 63 percent renewable by 2039. Under the draft plan, the muni will not […]

$120M Aliso Canyon Gas Leak Deal Inked

8 Aug

State and local agencies and SoCal Gas Aug. 8 agreed to a $119.5 million settlement to resolve the public claims arising from the massive methane leak that occurred at the utility’s Aliso Canyon natural gas storage facility in Los Angeles in 2015. Attorney General Javier Becerra emphasized, however, that the company still faces hundreds of […]

Shorts

16 Jul

Federal energy regulators July 18 approved a final rule requiring interstate pipeline companies to pass along to customers their savings under the 2017 Tax Cuts & Jobs Act. Companies will have to file a form outlining their savings with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. It acted this week on the matter. While FERC will have […]

FERC Spotlights Uplift Payments & Pipeline Project Review

19 Apr

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission April 19 unanimously approved rules to increase transparency on above market payments grid operators make to resources needed for reliability and to speed up interconnection agreements for generating resources 20 MW and larger. The regulators also launched a review of the agency’s 1999 intrastate gas pipeline project certification process. “Uplift […]

Real Time Gas Market Pitched

9 Oct

Creating a natural gas imbalance market in the state is to be explored at the California Energy Commission. Implementing a real time gas market would “transform” the current California market by allowing the price of gas to vary on a “sub-day basis,” Greg Lander, Skipping Stone president, told the commission Oct. 9. He said doing […]

Shorts

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 […]

Coastal Agencies, Lawmakers Raise Red Flags on Beachfront Puente Power Project

7 Feb

A split in Gov. Jerry Brown’s administration over a controversial power plant project proposed in Oxnard widened this week when the California Coastal Conservancy recommended that NRG build the facility at an alternate location. The next day, a group of state lawmakers raised questions about the need for the plant and its impacts on the […]

Meeting to Reopen Aliso Canyon Descends Into Chaos

2 Feb

Angry Porter Ranch residents in Los Angeles commandeered a state meeting on whether to allow SoCal Gas to reopen its Aliso Canyon natural gas storage facilities. They took over the stage Feb. 1 in the San Fernando Valley to announce that the evening public hearing would follow their agenda, not the one developed by state […]

SHORTS

7 Apr

Over the last nine months, urban water agencies cut their water by just an overall 24 percent below 2013 levels, or 1.19 million acre feet, which is just short of Gov. Jerry Brown’s 25 percent reduction mandate. However, conservation in February dropped to 12 percent, meeting less than half of Brown’s mandate, which does not […]

New Rulemaking Targets Gas Pipeline Leaks

16 Jan

A new emphasis on controlling methane.

Shorts

11 Dec

Retail gas.

CARB Seeks Methane Emissions Reductions by Gas Utilities

11 Dec

New regulations.

Regulators Seek to Control Methane Leaks

30 Nov

Critical.

No Agreement on Solving San Diego Gas Crunch

20 Nov

Supply constraints.

Commissioner Florio Recuses Himself from PG&E Cases

17 Oct

Investigation proceedings.

Mars Gas Detector Gets Trial Run in PG&E Universe

2 Oct

Leaks.

Carlsbad Fossil Plant’s Offsets Questioned

25 Sep

Concerns.

It's the Capitol: Bill Directs PG&E Penalty to Safety Post-San Bruno

11 Sep

Objection.