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9 Oct 2020

The release of the much anticipated first analysis of the major causes of the mid-August blackouts highlights warnings previously raised. That includes agency resource forecasting and planning missing the mark on climate and a cleaner grid.

Major stakeholders—from utilities to community energy—insist that clean reliable resources are needed now more than ever. The California Public Utilities promises to accelerate its resource planning to reflect the changing climate and grid. For stakeholders that should include big improvements to the Commission’s Integrated Resource Planning.

Utility regulators revive a program to help small renewable projects sell to investor-owned utilities. They approve a revamped Renewable Market Adjusting Tariff.

The CPUC also signs off on a resolution beefing up ratepayer protections if community energy customers must return because the community provider sinks. Utilities and community aggregators agree on most of the terms, unlike those involving utility exit fees.

Spending $100 billion in California on energy efficiency, renewable energy, and building and transportation electrification would help the battered economy recover. It would add $727 billion to California’s economy and create 4 million jobs, according to a new report.

California’s Silicon Valley is known far and wide and another money-making valley may be on the horizon.  It is Lithium Valley in the Salton Sea. The inland sea is chock full of this critical battery resource.

The Golden State’s climate protection policies and subsidies have made the state a leader in hydrogen-powered fuel cell vehicles. A national report promotes the potential for significant expansion of hydrogen-fueled cars and trucks, and also for powering buildings and backup projects. But the elephant in the room is the source of the hydrogen. That is a big issue for California which Is pushing green hydrogen.

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