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7 Jan 2021

Three is not a charm for Pacific Gas & Electric. Its problematic 1,150 MW Unit 2 at its Diablo nuclear plant is down for a third time because of a new issue. The soonest it will be back online is the end of May.

A quintet of community energy agencies receive solid credit ratings, which drive down their borrowing costs and save their customers money. The latest credit evaluations are assigned to Silicon Valley Clean Energy and CleanPowerSF.

The California Public Utilities Commission appoints an executive director. Rachel Peterson, who was the acting executive director, fills the vacancy left by the firing of Alice Stebbins.

Reading the 2021 tea leaves, Current sees soaring utility bills, devastating fires and outages, and the fate of San Diego Gas & Electric as the major energy issues. So too are the California Energy Commission’s building efficiency code update and whether it bans natural gas in new construction, and the CPUC’s decision on whether it approves PG&E’s unprecedented $7.5 ratepayer-backed bond.

Southern California Edison isn’t a dreamer but it does imagine a distributed energy-rich grid. Its new study outlines the needed design, technology and costs for an “intelligent secure network.”

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