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17 Dec 2020

Federal energy regulators shoot down a proposed order requiring the grid operator to prove the August outages were not caused by its unreasonable tariff. Two of the three voting Federal Energy Regulatory Commission members reject interfering with the California Independent System Operator’s work with state energy agencies to fill grid reliability gaps.

The California Public Utilities Commission approves lower electric vehicle charging rates, more EV investments in disadvantaged communities and inching ahead on vehicle to grid projects. State regulators also get a partial low down on rising utility bills heading towards utility customers. 

An electric vehicle coalition Mary Nichols helped launched touts her civil rights work. Nichols, who was in the running for U.S. Environmental Protection Agency chief, faced opposition from environment justice groups. The new EPA Administrator chosen by Joe Biden is Michael Regan, who has headed North Carolina’s Environmental Department.

Pacific Gas & Electric’s wildfire liability rises again with its acknowledgment that its equipment likely sparked the huge fire in Shasta County in late September. PG&E estimates its minimum liability is $275 million but there is no estimate on the upper limit.

The state consumer advocate seeks a $124 million fine against SoCalGas on charges it continued violating the California Public Utilities Commission’s decision barring it from using ratepayer money to push its agenda on gas efficiency standards.

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