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November 16, 2021|0 Comments

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, [...]

Big Bucks Heading to EV Chargers and Refueling Stations

November 15, 2021|0 Comments

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

October 19, 2021|Comments Off on 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

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

September 13, 2021|Comments Off on 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 [...]

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

August 17, 2021|Comments Off on CEC Waives Air Pollution Rules in a Rush for New Diesel and Natural Gas Power

Reversing years of clean power priorities, the California Energy Commission is waiving air quality protections and rushing permits for new diesel-burning generators and gas-fired power plants in a desperate push to get more generation [...]

CEC Adopts 2022 Triennial Building Efficiency Code

August 11, 2021|Comments Off on 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

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 [...]

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

July 15, 2021|Comments Off on 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 [...]

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

July 13, 2021|Comments Off on 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 [...]

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

July 7, 2021|Comments Off on 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 [...]

CEC Waives Permit for Another Diesel Backup at Data Center

June 29, 2021|Comments Off on CEC Waives Permit for Another Diesel Backup at Data Center

The California Energy Commission exempted yet another very large diesel backup system from its permit certification process, putting the issue in the Bay Area Air Quality Management District's court. The Commission also voted to allow [...]

PG&E $1B bond, 11.5 GW order, Gas hookup subsidies

June 24, 2021|Comments Off on PG&E $1B bond, 11.5 GW order, Gas hookup subsidies

State utility regulators work through a packed agenda, with approval of Pacific Gas & Electric’s $1.2 billion ratepayer-funded bond to cover wildfire costs getting a silent okay, being folded into the California Public Utilities Commission’s [...]

Calls to Do Away with Subsidies for Natural Gas Hook Ups

June 22, 2021|Comments Off on Calls to Do Away with Subsidies for Natural Gas Hook Ups

Eliminating subsidies for natural gas pipeline connections to new homes in California is critical to slashing greenhouse gas emissions, advocates say. “We have to stop digging the hole deeper,” Panama Bartholomy, Building Decarbonization Coalition executive [...]

EV guide, gas well buffer zones, Renewables vs fossil

June 22, 2021|Comments Off on EV guide, gas well buffer zones, Renewables vs fossil

SDG&E released a new guide June 22 that provides details about electric medium- and heavy duty-vehicles in the pipeline—from the Ford F-150 Lightening to electric buses. The 110-page guide includes the weight, charging range, amount [...]

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