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The U.S. Senate unanimously confirmed Willie Phillips as the fifth member of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission the evening of Nov. 16. There are now three Democratic commissioners. FERC Chair Rich Glick applauded the confirmation, stating the five-member commission “functions best when it has a full complement of Commissioners.” Phillips has served as the […]

November 16, 2021|


California’s community choice organizations signed agreements for 3,000 MW of clean energy supplies over the last year. “These projects reflect a diversity of resources that will boost energy resilience and help California attain a 100% clean electricity system, while also supporting green jobs and fueling economic development,” CalCCA Executive Director Beth Vaughan said Nov. […]

November 4, 2021|


A 50 MW offshore floating wind turbine development is now operating off the coast of Scotland. Said to be the biggest floating wind project, the Kincardine wind farm consists of five 9.5 MW turbines designed by Principle Power, which sit above water that is up to 80 meters deep. California seeks to create a […]

October 19, 2021|


Strong dry offshore winds resulted in Pacific Gas & Electric shutting off power to 25,000 customers in 20 counties starting Oct. 11 to protect against power lines sparking fires. The counties with the largest number of shutoffs were Butte, Shasta, and Tehama. By the end of the day on Tuesday, Oct. 12, nearly all […]

October 12, 2021|

11.5 GW of clean energy assures reliability, CCAs add more renewables

To attain 11.5 GW of clean electricity by mid-decade, no additional fossil fuel plants will be needed to ensure grid reliability, California Energy Commission staff concluded Sept. 30. In late May, the California Public Utilities Commission mandated that the utilities add 11.5 GW of greenhouse gas emissions-free resources, including 1,000 MW of new geothermal […]

September 30, 2021|


Updated Sept. 23

Gov. Gavin Newsom signed legislation providing more than $15 billion to reduce the impacts of the climate crisis. Of that amount $3.9 billion is to advance the state’s zero emissions vehicle market. Another $5.2 billion is for water and drought resilience, and $1.5 billion for wildfire prevention, including clearing trees and brush. […]

September 19, 2021|
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