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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|

Replacement of Dirty Oakland Peaker Delayed

The plan to swap out the polluting Oakland Energy Center with battery storage this coming January has been delayed because of interconnection issues. It is a serious problem that is not limited to this plan to replace polluting energy with cleaner alternatives. Last week, California Public Utilities Commission member Martha Guzman Aceves pointed to […]

November 2, 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|

CPUC Report Contemplates New Gas Power Supplies

The California Public Utilities Commission is considering increasing power from fossil-fueled power plants to meet the mandate for 11,500 MW of additional energy available when the sun sets by 2026. That is despite decarbonization efforts in California, and an explicit call in late June by the same agency for carbon-free supplies.

A report by […]

October 26, 2021|

Subsidies Spurred Small Solar Growth, Focus Shifts to Home Energy Storage

Hundreds of articles have addressed the controversy over how much residential solar rooftop owners should receive for the excess power they send to the grid to continue advancing solar, with utilities long claiming this burdens the solar have nots. But last week, the Energy Commission highlighted something else that’s helped solar advance in the state: the New Solar Home Partnership

October 19, 2021|
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