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28 Jan 2021

Tis the season for new legislation and among the new bills is one setting a financial bar for major companies to report their greenhouse gas emissions. In addition, big businesses would be required to report both direct and indirect carbon emissions. Other legislation would curb gas use in new buildings, seek to grow green hydrogen and recycle out-of-commission solar panels.

Southern California Edison’s 16 outages last year were not so sweet, according to regulators. Energy and emergency response officials blast the utility for flawed notifications to safety agencies and consumers, and deficient post event reports. Utility officials say they’ll correct the shortcomings but note last year’s massive fire season and the difficulty of forecasting winds.

In other news, Edison reaches a $.2.2 billion settlement with insurance companies that covered losses from the 2019 Woolsey Fire in Ventura and Los Angeles counties. It follows an earlier $2 billion settlement for 2017-2018 fires and subsequent mudslides.

The pandemic has walloped public health and the economy, including doing a number on overall energy demand. The California Energy Commission’s update of its 2020-2030 demand forecast doesn’t see any growth before 2024, despite the expected rise in electric vehicles.

The Energy Commission also takes a step back from a big diesel backup project at a planned Santa Clara datacenter. At the same meeting, it moves forward on $24 million in financial support for clean energy projects.

And more….

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