The Buzz

10 Mar 2017

Realizing the full potential of energy efficiency to reduce greenhouse gases and make California’s energy supply cleaner will require new thinking that makes negawatts as attractive to investors as megawatts, writes economist Cynthia Mitchell in this week’s Guest Juice column.

Ocean water use to cool the state’s aged coastal power plants has declined much faster than required by state policy. It’s mostly because the plants just aren’t being used that much, a California Energy Commission analysis shows.

Calpine will run its Delta Energy Center, severely damaged by a recent fire, as a simple cycle plant this summer instead of as a more efficient combined cycle facility.

As California winds down nuclear energy as a source of power, a bipartisan bill in Congress seeks to pave the way for a new generation of reactor designs lawmakers hope will fire up the nuclear industry again.

Higher gas prices prompt the Los Angeles Department of Water & Power to look for more money each month from customers.

Offshore wind power can help California reach ever higher levels of renewable power in the coming decade, say proponents. This week’s Juice column looks at the prospects for floating wind energy towers off the Golden Shore.

Calpine is poised to get reliability must run contracts for two plants in Central Valley, but the fate of two others appears dim.

As the Trump Administration moves to weaken fuel economy standards designed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and spur advancement of electric vehicles, a consumer group shows that fuel efficiency standards have not effectively raised the price of cars, but instead just saved drivers money.

—The Editors


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