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Edison Reimagines California’s Distribution System

Distributed energy’s explosive growth makes integrating it in a way that supports the power system critical, according to a new white paper from Southern California Edison.

The paper forecasts significant growth of distributed energy resources (DER) in California and “we want to have the system technologies […]

January 5, 2021|

The Buzz

Pacific Gas & Electric is hit with a historic fine of $2.14 billion for igniting deadly wildfires in Northern California in 2017 and 2018. It comes a few days after PG&E reports significant losses in its 2019 earnings report.

The private utilities in the southern half of the state fare far better. Southern […]

February 28, 2020|

JUICE: Smart Inverters Need Smarter Rules

Rarely do inverters make front page news. But they are the stars of the 2019 Integrated Energy Policy Report approved last week by the California Energy Commission. It calls on the energy agencies and grid operator to accelerate research, development, and use of smart inverters to “enhance power quality, decrease grid disturbances, and participate in ancillary service […]

February 26, 2020|

Shorts

Updated July 18.

The California Energy Commission’s clean transportation program to date has provided $830 million in funding, with most of the money targeted at advancing the use of electric vehicles, according to a summary presented at a commission meeting on the program’s accomplishments July 18. In the clean vehicle infrastructure area, CEC has provided […]

July 16, 2019|

Seeking to Avoid a Huge PV Panel & Battery Mess

Solar panels installed with state subsidies are starting to reach the end of their lives, but California lacks a plan to dispose, reuse or recycle them. The numbers of aging panels are increasing given the continued growth in photovoltaic installations.

Making matters worse is that huge amounts of batteries used in energy storage and vehicles […]

April 4, 2019|
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