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19 Nov 2020

State utility regulators aim to move on demand side resources to avoid outages when it is roasting hot next summer. They plan to take the unusual step of expediting changes to California Public Utilities Commission resource adequacy, demand response and other load reduction programs.

Over at the nation’s capital, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission holds its first post-election meeting. The demoted Republican Chair Neil Chatterjee stands by his decision to support carbon pricing. He and the sole Democrat commissioner congratulate Joe Biden and Kamala Harris for their victory. The new chair recently appointed by President Trump is silent.

The U.S. Senate energy committee sends the two pending FERC nominees to the full Senate. If approved, there would be a full commission, with three Republicans and two Democrats.

The California grid operator board moves to better adapt to transforming market resources, agreeing to allow paired solar and storage projects to change the amount of power they send into the grid. The Independent System Operator expects 1,500 MW of new combined renewable and battery projects next year.

CAISO’s upcoming spending blueprint is the lowest since 2006, largely because of increased revenue.

PG&E gets sued by Sonoma County and cities for starting the Kincaid fire, which was last year’s biggest fire. The City of San Jose delays expanding its natural gas ban on new construction.

Prospects get brighter for the once salmon-packed Klamath River. The dam owner, PacifiCorp, California and Oregon agree to increase the amount of money for the long awaited dam demolitions to get FERC’s approval of the multi-party deal.

It’s a perfect wonder why the California Energy Commission backs the installations of hundreds of megawatts of dirty diesel backup over strong objections by air regulators. More so because the CEC doles out millions of dollars for clean energy projects and research and development each year.

And more….

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