Environmental Equity

Environmental Equity

Air Regulators Pitch Heavy Use of Carbon Capture to Slash Emissions by 2045

The California Air Resources Board’s draft update of its plan to cut greenhouse gases in the state would allow a significant increase in new gas-fired generation, rely on technologies to capture and store carbon and put off slashing emissions from fossil fuels to 2045. Last July, Gov. Gavin Newsom called on CARB to evaluate strategies […]

Stakeholders, Utility Unite in Face-Off with Regulators Over Arizona Just Energy Transition

Arizona Public Service (APS)  raised the national standard for a Just Energy Transition with its $144.45 million settlement with affected communities and tribal peoples in late 2020. The money was for assistance to communities impacted by the already-closed coal fueled 2,409 MW Navajo Generating Station and planned 2031 closures of the 2,270 MW Four Corners […]

$11 Million for Big Charging and Green Energy

This week the California Energy Commission approved $11 million in research grants for projects including a truck-mounted, non-polluting backup generator and a pilot program for a universal charger for electric vehicles. Another project that got funded, and the one that grabbed the most attention is a ChargePoint effort to create an unprecedented 600 kW automated, […]

Draft State Budget Includes More than $22B to Address Climate Crisis

The Governor pitches spending $22.5 billion to slash climate pollution from the transportation and energy sectors, and to address wildfire, with a focus on helping disadvantaged community members.

In Largest Approval Yet, Energy Commission OKs $730M for Clean Projects

This week, the five members of the California Energy Commission approved the largest one-time spending to date for clean energy research and development. Most of the grant money is to advance zero-emission cars, trucks and buses. “It is our job to remain at the cutting edge,” both in this country and globally, “on zero-emission transportation […]

Storage Surges, but Will Rooftop PV Payment Changes Affect its Pairing with Solar?

Well before California signed international agreements to slash climate-harmful emissions from the energy and building sectors at last month’s COP-26 climate summit in Glasgow, Scotland, the state was far ahead on battery storage. And it continues to charge ahead of other states, with more than 2.8 gigawatts of large and small batteries online that help […]

Air Board Plans Massive Spending to Address Vehicle Pollution

The California Air Resources Board is planning to spend $2.3 billion to advance zero emission cars, trucks, buses, and off-road engines, with $1.5 billion to be spent in the current fiscal year. More than half the total funding is directed to cleaning up the air in heavily burdened neighborhoods. Like the California Energy Commission’s new […]

Shorts

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 D.C. […]

EPIC Funding Update: CEC Approves $750M for Clean Energy R&D

The California Energy Commission has okayed a $750 million budget to support clean energy research and development—from projects that are under development at labs, to those that are near commercialization. The five-year plan is in addition to approving more than a billion dollars to extend charging for trucks, buses and cars on Monday. Funding of about […]

Big Bucks Heading to EV Chargers and Refueling Stations

The same day the federal $1.2 billion Infrastructure package was signed into law that includes $7.5 billion for EV stations, the California Energy Commission approved a huge increase in its clean transportation investment plan, with a focus on charging stations for trucks and buses to reduce diesel pollution in overburdened communities.

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

Pilots to curb disconnections, diesel backups soar, billion$ for EVs

The California Public Utilities Commission unanimously approves investor-owned utility pilots to reduce the number of poor customers who have their power shutoff because of unpaid utility bills. The quintet also votes to develop a safety culture framework for the private utilities to try and make them safety conscious to the core. The pending federal infrastructure […]

Outgoing Vote Solar Chief Highlights Work to Make Rooftop Solar Mainstream

Browning, with microphone, and former San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom. Adam Browning, executive director of Vote Solar for the last 15 years, is leaving his post at the end of this month. When he began working on rooftop solar at the turn of this century, it was the only solar game in town. It also […]

News Roundup: Trouble at Moss Landing Mega Battery, CAISO Shows Batteries Real Time Role

Vistra’s very large utility-scale battery at the site of the former Pacific Gas & Electric Moss Landing power plant has been taken partly offline. The Moss Landing Energy Storage Facility “experienced an overheating issue with a limited number of battery modules in its Phase I 300-megawatt/1200 megawatt-hour system,” on the evening of Sept. 4, according […]

CEC Waives Air Pollution Rules in a Rush for New Diesel and Natural Gas Power

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CEC Adopts 2022 Triennial Building Efficiency Code

The California Energy Commission unanimously approved a hard fought, cutting edge building energy efficiency code update Aug. 11, a key part being incentives for efficient electric water and space heat pumps in all new residential buildings and some nonresidential ones. The largest share of building energy is from heating systems, with gas-fired systems producing most of the carbon emissions

CPUC Updates Distributed Resources Plan to Capitalize on Broad Benefits

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Controversial CPUC Vote Approves $80M to Each Utility to Increase EV Chargers

On a rare split vote, state utility regulators narrowly approved expediting the three investor-owned utilities ability to spend more ratepayer money on electric transportation infrastructure, this time a total $240 million to ensure there are enough chargers to alleviate the concerns of would-be EV drivers. The state is falling well short of its 2030 goal […]

News Roundup: Solar & Efficiency are Key for Electrification, SCE Launches EV Buildout

Home electrification will raise electric bills and create a serious financial burden unless rooftop solar and energy efficiency are part of the electrification package, California Energy Commission staff and non-profit finance experts said during a July 12 CEC workshop. Installing solar is necessary even where the retrofit includes energy efficiency measures, recent research has found. […]

Will the Shrinking Ratepayer Base be Protected from Gas Utilities’ Sunk Costs?

The move to decarbonize buildings is prompting questions about how gas utilities and their customers will fare in an increasingly electric landscape. Turns out, their fates may diverge. U.C. Berkeley Haas School of Business Professor Lucas Davis and Associate Professor Catherine Hausman from the University of Michigan found that when the customer base of a […]