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10 Dec 2020

Liane Randolph, who has been at the California Public Utilities Commission for the last five years is making a big move. She is the next Air Resources Board chair, replacing Mary Nichols, who may head to Washington DC.

Southern California Edison signs another big round of energy storage deals this week. That includes 585 MW for three utility-scale battery projects in Calif. and Nevada. The price tag is hidden.

The California Energy Commissions okays $25 million for 30 hydrogen fueling stations and another $8 million to help fill the alternative mobility void in struggling communities. It also signs off on four more city building energy efficiency codes that move the needle on new construction towards all electric.

California has been at the forefront of renewable electricity, greenhouse gas reductions, and electric vehicles but it wasn’t until this fall that the grid operator board elected a woman chair. Angelina Galiteva talks about her new role and greening the grid, which got a lot easier with the election of Joe Biden.

The fired California Public Utilities Commission executive director Alice Stebbins sues the agency. She claims she was given the boot for blowing the whistle on the CPUC’s failure to collect uncollected fines. A new lawmaker introduces legislation on his first day on the job that will advance the state’s decarbonization target. The specifics will appear next month.

A newly published book explores strategies and policies for integrating increasing levels of renewable energy by matching it with flexible demand

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