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Tight Energy Supply Brightens Prospects for Pumped Storage

California uses lots of electricity to push massive amounts of water from the Bay-Delta rivers to farms, homes and factories in Central and Southern California. A critical portion of that electricity is generated by hydropower at a state dam in Northern California. On really hot days, the Department of Water Resources defers this push […]

January 12, 2022|

Energy Agency May Turn Automation of Grid-Connected Devices into Reality

The California Energy Commission took the key first step toward a customer-led power sector that would help balance the grid during times of stress with the launch of its Load Management Standards rulemaking in late December.

The proposed standards begin the process of capturing demand flexibility from customers’ distributed energy resources—from electric vehicles to […]

January 11, 2022|

Letter to the Editor

Thank you for lifting the lid on the unhealthy proliferation of diesel backup generators in your Dec. 9, 2021 editorial: JUICE: No Guarantees New Diesel Backup Will Sit Mostly Unused. While the systems keep power flowing during weather-related outages, they produce harmful local air emissions, run many more hours than in the past, and are vulnerable to fuel supply risks.

January 11, 2022|

Community Energy Teams Up to Acquire 670 MW of New Power

Three community energy providers have joined together to meet urgent clean energy requirements and are seeking bids for nearly 670 megawatts of fossil-free power that can be ready over the next two to four years.

The Jan. 7 request for proposals issued by Central Coast Community Energy, Silicon Valley Clean Energy and Sonoma Clean Power […]

January 11, 2022|
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