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31 Aug 2018

A bill to put ratepayers on the hook for the cost of utility liability from wildfires sparked by electric lines rose from the dead this week. It faces a showdown vote today in the Legislature.

Gov. Jerry Brown must decide whether to sign into law a bill that would set the state on the course to 100 percent carbon-free and renewable power by 2045, after lawmakers pass the measure two years after its introduction.

Aliso Canyon roars back into the news this week amid several developments.

At the California Public Utilities Commission, an administrative law judge proposes letting SoCal Gas collect expenses related to the massive methane leak that occurred at the natural gas storage facility near Los Angeles from its ratepayers.

In Los Angeles, regulators also hear from a scientific panel that insists natural gas storage facilities like Aliso Canyon will be needed for the foreseeable future as state energy agencies weigh whether or not the facility can be shut down.

Meanwhile, this week’s guest column calls on the CPUC and other state agencies to reopen the Aliso Canyon settlement and focus on replacing the need for the gas storage field with clean energy measures.

Speaking of natural gas, a new state assessment finds that greenhouse gases emitted by burning fossil fuels are likely to create hell on earth here in California. It urges the state to spend time and money on adapting to a climate that increasingly features rising ocean tides, droughts, heat storms, and raging wildfires.

Pasadena’s Department of Water & Power poses a new integrated resource plan that aims to cut greenhouse gas emissions from power consumed in the Rose City by 91 percent.

Rate reductions start for Southern California Edison customers as a result of the recently reworked deal on how to divide closure costs at the San Onofre nuclear power plant between the utility’s ratepayers and shareholders.

—The Editors

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