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Natural Gas Use Rises, Renewables Slow in California, Report Finds

California’s decarbonization target is being jeopardized by increasing use of natural gas for generating electricity and heating in buildings, according to a report by the nonprofit Next 10. Making matters worse is that additions of renewably-generated electricity are below what is needed to attain a clean power sector, according to the 13th edition of […]

December 14, 2021|

CPUC Advances Building Decarbonization and Utility Safety

The California Public Utilities Commission approved measures to help builders and owners increase the electrification of their homes or other buildings, in part by creating a single application for incentives for both electric heat pumps and water heaters that replace gas-fired ones.  There are $440 million in subsidies.

The CPUC also told the state’s three […]

November 4, 2021|

PG&E and SCE Earnings Plummet

California’s two largest investor-owned utilities latest losses from growing wildfire liability total more than $1.3 billion.

Pacific Gas & Electric lost $1 billion last quarter. That compares with positive earnings of $167 million for the third quarter of 2020.

The utility dominates its parent company’s ledger. Pacific Gas & Electric Corp. also lost more than $1 […]

November 2, 2021|

Setting Decarbonization R&D Budget Priorities

The potent global warming gases used in refrigeration took center stage at a hearing on priorities for the California Public Utilities Commission’s Electric Program Investment Charge.

If we do not tackle emissions from refrigerants “it could negate everything we do,” Abhilasha Wadhwa, CPUC Energy Efficiency Branch analyst, said during a joint energy agency hearing on […]

October 28, 2021|

Edison Warns California Won’t Make its Greenhouse Gas Limits

Edison International added its voice to warnings that California will not reach its greenhouse gas reduction mandate set for 2030 under the 15-year old AB 32 without major changes at the state and federal levels, and government financial assistance.

“Planning, siting and permitting must evolve to reduce project lead times and forge new social contracts,” […]

October 5, 2021|

Groundbreaking building code, Summer 2022 grid, Diablo decommissioning deal

Two days after dire climate warnings by the International Panel on Climate Change, the California Energy Commission adopts a long-awaited building energy efficiency code update. It is a big step towards slashing 25% of the state’s carbon emissions produced largely by heating and cooling in buildings. Building decarbonization advocates continue to […]

August 12, 2021|
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