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The Buzz

20 Oct

Greening the grid is the talk of the town. At the CAISO’s annual confab held this week, most bets are that a westward grid expansion will happen. Why? Because proponents insist it will promote renewables, which will decarbonize both the grid and economy, near and far. Achieving that goal, however, requires paying new alternative resources […]

Heat Brings New Historic Peaks for Edison & LADWP

6 Sep

Triple digit temperatures caused Southern California Edison and the Los Angeles Department of Water & Power to set new peak load records last week. The blistering heat drove up electricity demand in and outside Southern California even though the high loads were tamped down somewhat by demand response programs. Edison’s new peak load reached 23,508 […]

Undercurrents: SMUD Proposes ‘Time of Day’ Rates

21 Mar

After the Los Angeles Department of Water & Power boosted customer charges last month, the Sacramento Municipal Utility District is planning to follow suit. It’s proposing a 1.5 percent rate boost for residential customers next year and a 1.5 percent increase for non-residential customers in both 2018 and 2019. The state’s second largest municipal utility […]

State Hit 22% Renewables Mark in 2015

5 Jan

Reliance on renewable power is increasing in California, but retail power providers are all over the map when it comes to their respective levels of carbon-free energy, 2015 data show. (more…)

More Precipitation in North Boosts State Hydropower

10 Nov

California’s dearth of hydropower the past several drought-plagued years appears to be ending. Hydropower production in California has surged 107 percent this year through August compared to the first eight months of 2015, Energy Information Agency data show. Power production at dams rose in northern California due to increased precipitation this year and could continue […]

CALENDAR

3 Nov

Nov. 8: Los Angeles Dept. of Water & Power regular board meeting. Agenda is expected to be available 72 hours prior to meeting. More information. Time: 10 a.m. Place: LADWP, Room 1555-H, 111 North Hope St., Los Angeles. (more…)

SMUD Votes to Join Energy Imbalance Market, LADWP May Be Next

27 Oct

The Sacramento Municipal Utility District Board Oct. 20 voted to participate in the expanding western Energy Imbalance Market launched by California’s grid operator and PacifiCorp Nov. 1, 2014. The net annual savings to SMUD is estimated at $2.8 million, according to board member Gregg Fishman. “More importantly,” he said, “it enables SMUD to partner with […]

SHORTS

27 Oct

SMUD’s board Oct. 20 voted unanimously to adopt the California Environmental Quality Act Initial Study and Mitigated Negative Declaration for the Franklin Electric Transmission Project. The proposal seeks to increase electric system capacity to meet expected customer electrical load growth due to planned land development in southwest Sacramento County. As part of the project, SMUD […]

CALENDAR

27 Oct

Nov. 1: California Public Utilities Commission workshop on regionalization to hear from stakeholders and members of the public re: options for locating additional facilities in areas of California, such as Sacramento, which would allow the CPUC to collaborate with other agencies. More information and agenda.   Time: 9:15 a.m. – 4:15 p.m. Place: CPUC Auditorium, […]

Stakeholders Seek to Advance Transportation Electrification

6 Oct

  Electrifying transportation reduces California’s greenhouse gases, but the state needs to pick up the pace to meet its emissions reduction targets, an official with a nonprofit that conducts research on electric power industry issues said this week. (more…)

SMUD Approves Spent Fuel, Boiler Installation Contracts

8 Sep

The Sacramento Municipal Utility District board unanimously approved about $7 million in service contracts during its most recent business meeting, which include support for relicensing of a spent nuclear fuel facility. The agreements also include the commission of an auxiliary boiler. (more…)

Calendar

25 Aug

Aug. 29: The California Energy Commission workshop to review efforts to ensure electricity reliability in Southern California after the closure of the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station, and impending retirement of several fossil generating units using once-through cooling technologies. (more…)

CALENDAR

14 Jul

July 19: Sempra Energy’s second quarter earnings and call with analysts. Time: 1:30 Eastern time Where: live webcast at www.sempra.com. (more…)

CALENDAR

7 Jul

July 11: Joint agency workshop on analytical data, tools and approaches that could help establish energy efficiency targets, evaluate energy savings and integrate data into the periodic energy demand forecast. Details and attendance instructions. (more…)

CALENDAR

16 Jun

June 20: Regional grid operator and governance workshop. The second of two workshops led by the CEC and governor’s office regarding considerations for the development of a governance structure for a regional grid operator. More information. (more…)

SMUD Approves $25 Million in Service Contracts

9 Jun

The Sacramento Municipal Utility District awarded two major service contracts during its most recent board meeting, one involving construction of a new powerhouse, the other for management of an energy efficiency program for businesses. (more…)

SMUD Approves Engineering Contracts

26 May

The Sacramento Municipal Utility District approved nearly $6 million in construction service contracts, including almost $4 million for engineering consulting related to a substation rebuild. (more…)

SMUD Approves Cable Injection, Substation Contracts

14 Apr

Several miles of underground cable are expected to get a new lease on life from a $4.5 million contract awarded by the Sacramento Municipal Utility District’s Board of Directors. (more…)

SMUD Rescinding Rate Surcharge

17 Mar

After being in place for about a year, a 1.3 percent hydroelectric surcharge the Sacramento Municipal Utility District had been charging its customers is about to be dropped. (more…)

SMUD Approves Power Deal, Services Contracts

10 Mar

Four multi-year, multimillion dollar contracts were approved by the Sacramento Municipal Utility District during its March 3 meeting, including a 10-year power purchase agreement. The agreements, which were confirmed unanimously by the board, included the renewal of a contract with Kiefer Landfill Generating II for the continued purchase of energy and renewable energy credits from […]