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23 Apr 2020

The California Public Utilities Commission seeks ways to ease the suffering of ratepayers and alternative energy companies and their workers struggling to stay afloat during the pandemic.

After months of controversy, East Bay Community Energy votes 10-5 to reject taking nuclear power from PG&E. The nuclear power is a hot political potato for the East Bay but not the big hydropower PG&E is offering.

Microgrids get installed quickly at two hospitals in Vallejo and Sacramento preparing for a surge in patients infected by the coronavirus. These were not Bloom Energy’s first quickies. It began rapidly installing microgrids during last season’s safety power shutoffs and plans to do the same in the upcoming fire season.

State energy regulatory staff are trying to figure when to open up the emerging electric vehicle charging market to let in more non private utility players and under what parameters. Ratepayer advocates take issue with the amount and length of IOU ratepayer funding.

The CPUC releases two proposals related to PG&E’s bottom line. One pitches a $1.9 billion penalty for burning down the Town of Paradise and a large swath of Northern California in 2017 and 2018. The other largely backs the company’s $58 billion financing plan to allow it to exit bankruptcy by the end of June.

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