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31 Jul 2020

A trio of Bay Area community energy providers in PG&E territory announce big plans for home battery backups. An agreement reached with Sunrun includes 20 MW of distributed solar that will charge batteries in 6,000 dwellings across three counties.

The parent companies of Southern California Edison and Pacific Gas & Electric release earnings reports. Edison sees lower earnings but much of that is because of higher earnings from an approved general rate case the year before. PG&E’s first post-bankruptcy quarterly report shows losses, but they are less steep than the year before.

The Energy Commission is updating the building code and clean energy advocates urge an all-electric new construction mandate. Rocky Mountain Institute insists that is the only way California will meet its carbon reduction goals and protect poor communities from indoor pollution.

After many months of inaction, President Trump finally advances the Democratic nominee to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.  At the same time, he also names another Republican nominee.

What a difference 15 years makes. This week’s Juice goes down memory lane, outlining Los Angeles’ path from having more than half its electricity come from polluting coal imports to working with the owner to fuel a new Intermountain Power Plant with green hydrogen.

SoCal Gas appears to not want to win friends, particularly if they are from the state’s ratepayer advocates office. The gas utility blows off a subpoena seeking records on ratepayer funds spent on Astroturf pro- gas grassroots groups. The advocate seeks a $4.5 million fine.

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