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The Buzz

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 […]

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 […]

Clean Energy Groups Call for Open DOE Study

1 May

In response to Energy Secretary Rick Perry’s call for a study of how renewable energy is affecting grid reliability and power markets, three clean energy groups called on him to make sure the review is conducted through “a public process.” In a letter to Perry on May 1, Advanced Energy Economy, the American Wind Energy […]

Carbon Intensity of Electricity Continues to Fall

1 May

The carbon intensity of the electric sector declined last year to 48 kg CO2/MMBtu, according to the Energy Information Administration, as depicted below. After averaging near 60 kg CO2/MMBtu for decades, the electric sector’s carbon intensity fell in 2016 to a level slightly lower than the overall carbon intensity of natural gas. That fuel produces […]

The Buzz

13 Apr

Eggs gathered in Current’s Easter news basket include approval of two controversial and large natural gas project redos along the SoCal coast. The California Energy Commission unanimously approved the Huntington & Alamitos replacement projects, which are to be cooled with air, not seawater-cooled. On the agenda at this week’s Energy Commission post business meeting closed […]

CA Joins Suit Against DOE Over Efficiency Standards

13 Apr

The California Energy Commission took action after discussing pending litigation against the U.S. Department of Energy for delaying energy efficiency standards for numerous products during the closed session portion of its April 12 business meeting. The CEC chair authorized the chief counsel’s office to participate in litigation over the DOE’s stalling on  “effective dates and […]

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 […]

Perry Lambasted in Nevada Visit

29 Mar

A meeting between the new Secretary of Energy and Nevada’s governor aimed at thawing opposition to a nuclear waste dump at Yucca Mountain in the Silver State produced little more than frost. After touring Yucca Mountain March 27, former Texas Gov. Rick Perry thanked Gov. Brian Sandoval “for the long and storied history” Nevada has […]

Climate Roundup: Climate Change to Add Billion$ to Grid Costs

21 Mar

Increasing temperatures due to global warming could cost the nation up to $180 billion in additional capital costs for the power system to adequately serve peak demand by the end of the century, according to researchers at the University of California and Arizona State University. Peak power demand is likely to increase by up to […]

Shorts

21 Mar

The Los Angeles Department of Water & Power is poised to contract for 150 MW of geothermal power from Ormat’s Northern Nevada Geothermal Portfolio Project, which consists of both existing and new geothermal units. Under the 15-year deal, LADWP plans to pay $75.50/MWh or $94 million a year. The Los Angeles City Council has to […]

SHORTS

31 Jan

California’s snow pack is “very robust,” Frank Gehrke, chief of the California Cooperative Snow Surveys Program, reported Feb. 2. The Department of Water Resources measured a snow water equivalence of 28.1 inches at the Phillips Station in the Sierra Nevada, far surpassing 6 inches found on Jan. 3.  After taking measurements at 101 stations, DWR […]

DOE Pursues Community Backing for Nuclear Waste Dump

28 Apr

After facing insurmountable opposition to constructing a long-term nuclear waste repository at Yucca Mountain, NV, the Department of Energy is attempting a new strategy for getting one built to handle growing levels of radioactive waste at San Onofre and elsewhere. “Nuclear waste management is at an impasse,” acknowledged John Kotek, acting assistant secretary for nuclear […]

SHORTS

17 Dec

The Department of Water Resources entered a 20-year solar power purchase agreement Dec. 15 with the Solverde I Solar Facility. The 85 MW photovoltaic facility near Lancaster in northern Los Angeles County uses solar tracking technology to enhance output. DWR said that through the life of the contract Solverde should provide it with nearly 4.8 million […]

House Panel Examines Nuclear Waste Mess, But Lacks Solution

3 Dec

A House committee took up the federal government’s gridlocked nuclear waste disposal program Dec. 3, but proposed no specific course toward creating a permanent resting place for spent fuel and other radioactive material from the nation’s nuclear generating plants. (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 […]

Climate Change Roundup: CA Grid Vulnerable to Climate Change, DOE Warns

15 Oct

California’s and the nation’s grids face challenges in adapting to global warming, according to the Department of Energy. (more…)

Juice: Imagining the Future

2 Oct

Immersion in the complex world of energy laws, regulations and bottom lines, which are arcane and obscure to the vast majority of the population, skews one’s perspective. (more…)

NRC: Yucca Mountain Contamination Threat Minor

17 Sep

Any potential impacts that a proposed nuclear waste dump at Yucca Mountain, Nevada, would have on local groundwater would be “small,” claims a supplement to the Environmental Impact Statement for the proposed site discussed this week. (more…)

CLIMATE ROUNDUP: Hydrogen Energy CA Faces New Problems

17 Jul

With California’s first power plant to be equipped with carbon capture and sequestration put on a short leash by the California Energy Commission’s suspension of its construction licensing proceeding, new complications have emerged for the project. (more…)

Fed Clean Power Plan Dents Western Coal Mining

12 Jun

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s clean power plan will diminish coal mining, particularly in the West, according to a June 10 Energy Information Agency projection. (more…)