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Federal Court Finalizes $10M in PG&E Investor Class Action

A federal judge has given final approval to the $10 million settlement among Pacific Gas & Electric Corp, its top officers, and investors for misrepresenting the impact of the wildfires the utility sparked between 2015 and 2018, the widespread shutoffs, and inadequacy of its mitigation measures, all of which drove down the company’s stock. […]

November 8, 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|

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|

Distributed Batteries Reach 700+ MW, But Much More Needed

Battery systems installed at California homes and businesses now total 721 megawatts, with roughly 70% percent of them, about 42,000 systems, charged by clean electricity connected to rooftop solar. That’s according to an Oct. 26 report by the California Solar and Storage Association.

The report says collectively the emissions-free systems comprise the largest battery in […]

October 26, 2021|

Massive Storm Causes Big Outages in PG&E Territory

Updated Oct. 27

The powerful storm that dumped unprecedented rainfall in parched Northern and Central California, particularly the Bay Area, led to 851,000 Pacific Gas & Electric customers losing power. As the storm moved south, customers in Fresno, Kern, San Luis Obispo, and Santa Barbara counties suffered outages.

On Sunday, Santa Rosa was hit with 6.2 […]

October 26, 2021|

Utility Regulators Okay PG&E’s $5B Fire Reduction Plan

Over strong opposition from community activists and those harmed by utility-sparked wildfires, regulators unanimously approved the newest blueprint from Pacific Gas & Electric aimed at addressing wildfire risk reduction. Opponents called for the California Public Utilities Commission to reject the plan and increase its oversight and enforcement of PG&E. Yet the document met with […]

October 21, 2021|
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