Decarbonization

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

October 19, 2021|0 Comments

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

Shorts

October 12, 2021|0 Comments

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 [...]

Totally Different States, Same Problem: Resource Adequacy

September 23, 2021|Comments Off on Totally Different States, Same Problem: Resource Adequacy

In what could be a meaningful coincidence, the California grid operator approved costly reliability ‘must run’ contracts Sept 23 on the same day that a Federal Energy Regulatory Commission member blamed the massive February [...]

Shorts

September 19, 2021|Comments Off on Shorts

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. [...]

Expedited storage permits, Anti-gas suit dropped, SMUD pursues novel net metering reform

September 9, 2021|Comments Off on Expedited storage permits, Anti-gas suit dropped, SMUD pursues novel net metering reform

The California Energy Commission accelerates the permitting of large storage projects to get more power online by next fall. The action follows the controversial expedited certification process for natural gas and diesel projects to beef up [...]

SMUD on the Verge of Net Metering Breakthrough

September 7, 2021|Comments Off on SMUD on the Verge of Net Metering Breakthrough

The Sacramento Municipal Utilities District is expected to approve Sept. 16 a novel solution for crediting customer-owned solar, which solar advocates support. Meanwhile, much of the rest of California continues to fight over net [...]

Grid Operator Reform with Big Implications for a Western Energy Market

September 6, 2021|Comments Off on Grid Operator Reform with Big Implications for a Western Energy Market

The California Independent System Operator leaders enabled a critical governance change that gives new powers to the Energy Imbalance Market Governing Body, which could transform the energy markets across the entire West, analysts said. [...]

CPUC Updates Distributed Resources Plan to Capitalize on Broad Benefits

August 3, 2021|Comments Off on CPUC Updates Distributed Resources Plan to Capitalize on Broad Benefits

California’s groundbreaking 2016 Distributed Energy Resources Action Plan will be updated to better align rising levels of clean local renewables with ratepayer and society interests, particularly air quality, climate resiliency, and economic  opportunities in [...]

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