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25 Jun 2020

California sets the nation’s first statewide mandate to electrify medium- and heavy-duty trucks beginning in 2024. State energy regulators and utilities will play key roles in the success of the transition away from polluting diesel trucks to electrified ones by getting needed charging infrastructure built.

The California Public Utilities Commission expands the local resources adequacy market. Starting next year, hydropower and front-of the meter solar and energy storage projects can participate in the market. It is still a no go for behind-the-meter resources. The CPUC also agrees to give federal energy regulators a piece of its mind for proposing to give unmerited bonuses to transmission owners.

The ever more concerning challenges in the rare minerals market essential to batteries and renewable projects focus a U.S. Senate Committee on the domestic market. Lithium ion batteries, which are central to a growing renewable market, are considered at risk.

The state’s two investor-owned gas utilities team up with a clean energy startup to successfully capture carbon dioxide and turn it into renewable gas. The new biogas technology is cost competitive because of its efficiencies, according to the utilities. The next day, gas fueled microgrids are touted as being superior to diesel backup.

Pacific Gas & Electric issues billions of dollars in bonds and stocks to finance its newly-approved reorganization plan. The approval comes 10 days ahead of a key legislative deadline that drove the process.

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