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19 Apr 2018

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission agrees to rules increasing transparency on above market payments grid operators make to uneconomic resources, and getting interconnection agreements in gear. They also open the door to input on their problematic natural gas pipeline permitting process.

In addition to shining a light on “uplift” payments for resources that can’t recover their operating cost, FERC in a related action gives the thumbs down to the California grid operator’s proposed capacity procurement mechanism tariff. CAISO is directed to keep working on a comprehensive fix.

FERC also considers complaints that Pacific Gas & Electric and Southern California Edison raised their transmission charges by skirting federal standards.

The full federal commission appears before Congress warning of steady cyberattacks on the grid.

At the state capitol, the Assembly Utilities & Energy Committee votes for controversial bills setting procurement mandates for geothermal and biomass energy. The legislation faces significant opposition, including because of increasing electricity costs.

The Senate energy committee passes legislation containing utility wildfire liability when the companies are in sync with new safety plans. But, the measure also would kill third-party distributed generation, generating considerable blowback.

The Senate panel also advances bills to restore mitigation funds linked to the Diablo nuclear plant closure and to increase accessibility of public electric vehicle chargers.

Meeting California ambitious target to cut greenhouse gases by 80 percent by 2050 is going to take passage of  a bill setting a 100 percent renewable energy standard. This week’s JUICE ponders whether Sen. Kevin De León’s SB 100 will be the means for reaching that end.

Struggling LA homeowners file a class action suit, claiming they are getting shafted by the lack of consumer protections in retrofits financed by the Property Assessed Clean Energy program.

–The Editors

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