California is the first state in the nation to completely do away with ratepayer-funded subsidies for natural gas line hookups to new buildings. The move will save utility customers hundreds of millions of dollars and help slash greenhouse gas emissions and toxic air pollution from the building sector.
Gov. Gavin Newsom signs bills aimed at reducing the harm caused by intense heat waves, with a key one creating an advanced warning system. Waiting for approval is legislation promoting local solar projects, requiring charging stations to report on broken ports, and evaluating carbon capture technologies.
The California Energy Commission continues to fund battery storage that avoids using lithium-ion chemistry, which has soared in cost because of geopolitical turmoil and other supply chain bottlenecks. Nearly $400 million in grants is expected to support non-lithium ion battery projects over the next two years.
This week, the CEC also approved $24 million in clean energy grants to promote transportation electrification, vehicle-to-grid and hydrogen blending projects.
The Government Accountability Office wants better oversight of the Department of Energy’s hefty funding for yet-to-be-proven mini and advanced nuclear technologies that are being pushed to provide carbon-free energy.
The Lower Klamath River is expected to be free of concrete dams in early 2024 given federal regulators expected upcoming approval of the project’s final environmental analysis. Staff’s final analysis mirrors the draft one it issued in February along with dam owner PacifiCorp’s return of its hydropower license.