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CARB Outlines $455 Million for Cleaner Transportation

25 Oct

State air regulators acted Oct. 25 to cut greenhouse gas emissions  by adopting a spending plan to advance electric vehicles and clean transportation and also by incorporating methane control standards for oil and gas producers into the state’s master air pollution control plan. The California Air Resource Board’s 2018-19 investment plan outlines $455 million of […]

Juice: New Rules of the Road

23 Oct

As Gavin Newsom draws close to becoming California’s next governor, the biggest energy policy question he’ll face is what to do about oil when it comes to meeting the state’s 80 percent greenhouse gas reduction target. Meeting the 2050 goal will require the state to move away from consuming, producing and refining oil. Over the […]

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 […]

Civil Rights Group Sues CARB for Climate Discrimination

3 Oct

California’s air regulators were slapped with a lawsuit charging that their greenhouse gas reduction policies and practices, specifically the 2017 scoping plan to achieve mandated carbon reductions, are racially and economically discriminatory. “California’s climate change policies, and specifically those policies that increase the cost and delay or reduce the availability of housing, that increase the […]

Climate Roundup: CARB Defends Against Trump’s Auto Standard Rollback

1 Oct

The California Air Resources Board amended its clean car standards Sept. 28 to protect the state against the Trump administration’s proposed rollback of federal auto standards. It did so by affirming what is known as the “deemed to comply” provision of California’s greenhouse gas vehicle regulation. “Today’s vote by the board ensures that California and […]

Undercurrents: Community Solar, EV Charging Advance

27 Sep

The Los Angeles Department of Water & Power is rolling out a shared solar program. Under it, apartment and other multi-unit home dwellers who cannot install solar systems on their own roofs can opt for solar power produced by dedicated solar facilities. Community organizations will help enroll muni customers, who will pay 17.4 cents per […]

CA’s Electricity Mandate is Now 100% Carbon-Free

10 Sep

Just a couple days ahead of his Global Climate Action Summit, Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation setting a 100 percent carbon-free standard for the state’s electricity sector to be reached by 2045. Sen. Kevin de León’s SB 100 also advances by five years the 50 percent alternative energy mandate from 2030 to 2025 and sets […]

EV Grid Integration Effort Focuses on Trucks & Low-Income Areas

6 Sep

Prioritizing strategies to optimize energy flows between the grid and electric vehicles—large and small—took a small step forward this week during a public hearing on how to reduce barriers to emerging technologies. California’s goal is to have 5 million electric cars, trucks and buses on state roads by 2030 to curb carbon emissions from the […]

Two Dozen Senate Energy Bills Sent to Governor

4 Sep

Gov. Jerry Brown has to decide if a number of bills should become law, including Senate measures to increase direct access for businesses, overhaul utility energy efficiency programs, increase mandated energy storage levels, and create new incentives for near zero emissions space and water heating in buildings. Brown also has to decide whether to sign […]

Shorts

20 Aug

Idaho Power and PacifiCorp will rely on the grid operator for reliability coordinator services, the California Independent Operator stated Aug. 23. CAISO is withdrawing from Peak Reliability Coordinator by September 1, 2019, to form its own reliability coordinator program. The Balancing Authority of Northern California also is planning to switch to CAISO for the services. […]

Shorts

13 Aug

A food delivery company is shifting its heavy-duty truck fleet to run on natural gas supplied by SoCal Gas. Eleven new natural gas big rigs went into service Aug. 14 with the help of $1.1 million in grant funding from the Proposition 1B program administered by the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District and […]

The Buzz

10 Aug

A legislative conference committee working to address wildfire safety and liability standards for utilities faces major opposition. The big kahuna is who gets slammed with the multi-billion tab for harm from utility equipment-sparked blazes. Major energy legislation to create a regionalized grid, move to 100 percent carbon-free power, and open up direct access to all […]

CARB Counters Trump on Auto Standards

7 Aug

The California Air Resources Board Aug. 7 revealed it intends to amend its greenhouse gas standards for autos late next month in a bid to fight the Trump Administration’s plan to weaken federal standards. The Air Board is proposing to rescind a portion of its clean car standards that allows vehicles built pursuant to nearly […]

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 […]

Power Industry Emissions Tumble

12 Jul

California surpassed its 2020 greenhouse gas reduction goal in 2016, according to the California Air Resources Board data  released July 11. The Air Board’s 2016 emissions inventory shows that greenhouse gases released into the atmosphere in California that year totaled 429 million metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent. That was 12 million tons less than […]

The Buzz

6 Jul

It was not just happy 4th of July, but also happy 3rd of July for many. There were mini fireworks after the Assembly Utilities & Energy Committee sent the 100 percent clean energy bill to the Assembly Floor. SB 100 sets a 60 renewable mandate for 2030, with another 40 percent to come from big […]

Clashing Views on Power Industry Emissions

3 Jul

A legislative hearing on tracking carbon from electrons delivered to Californians quickly turned into a debate about grid regionalization and the impact of community choice aggregators and direct access providers in the state Capitol on July 2. Liane Randolph, California Public Utilities Commission member, said her agency has targeted a reduction of 42 million tons […]

Shorts

27 Jun

The most important legislation of the session, which would allow California’s grid operator to become a region-wide balancing authority, made it out of the Senate Judiciary Committee.  AB 813 by Chris Holden (D-Pasadena), chair of the Assembly Utilities & Energy Committee, was forwarded to the Senate Appropriations Committee on a 4-2 vote June 26.  Sen. […]

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 […]

Climate Roundup: Low Carbon Fuel Rule May be Relaxed

20 Jun

Easing the standard requiring a 10 percent reduction in the carbon intensity of transportation fuels is being considered by the California Air Resources Board. The Low Carbon Fuel Standard is a far more expensive strategy for lowering carbon emissions in the state than other carbon reduction efforts, including the state’s carbon cap-and-trade program, according to […]