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6 Nov 2020

Neil Chatterjee, who has served as the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission chair for more than two years, is suddenly replaced. President Trump late Thursday names James Danly the new FERC chief.

In blue California, state utility regulators approve Southern California Edison’s plan to issue $337 million in ratepayer-backed bonds to recover the costs of making its system more fire resilient. The California Public Utilities Commission also suspends a controversial multi-million- dollar bonus program for shareholders for squishy energy savings.

Sempra Energy’s latest earnings report is not as good as Pacific Gas & Electric’s nor as bad as that of SCE’s parent. Its profit was about half of what it earned a year earlier. A big concern is whether San Diego Gas & Electric will reclaim the City of San Diego’s 50-year electricity and gas franchise.

The CPUC also grapples this week with how to reform the rate paid to owners of solar rooftops for the power they send to the grid without discouraging investments in batteries or shifting cost to others.

Pacific Gas & Electric agrees with the federal court monitor that its year-old program to reduce the risk of trees being too close to utility lines and sparking fires in high risk fire regions lost ground this year.

A fundamental cause of the mid-August blackouts was the failure of utilities to share important customer data from their smart meters to other community energy organizations. Perhaps surprising is that a fix is within easy reach: equal access to meter data, according to this week’s guest editorial by Samuel Golding.

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