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25 Aug 2017

State utility regulators okayed a shift in the peak pricing period to later in the day for San Diego Gas & Electric customers. Industry advocates warn it erodes the economic advantages of rooftop solar.

Secretary of Energy Rick Perry gets an education about how the grid operates. A Department of Energy staff report he requested out of concern that renewable energy could create blackouts by forcing closure of traditional baseload power plants finds his fear is unfounded.

Expressing reservations about California Public Utility Commission reforms, a state legislative panel narrowly approves Gov. Brown’s latest appointments to the regulatory agency.

The state Senate president blows his horn about a bill to require 100 percent renewable power.

Rising emissions from transportation are diluting the state’s progress in reducing greenhouse gases from energy use, says a new study.

A bill advances to dedicate a major penalty due from PG&E for its role in sparking the tragic Butte fire to fire prevention efforts.

The grid operator successfully navigated this week’s solar eclipse with ample margin, despite fears it could crash the grid.

The ailing Calpine enters a purchase agreement, while Sempra buys its way into the Texas power market.

The nation’s largest muni expands its energy storage capacity, with even bigger plans ahead.

This week’s Juice column rounds up some of the news from the dog days of August.

—The Editors

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