The Buzz

4 Mar 2021

A California Public Utilities Commission proposal seeks 7,500 MW of additional resources starting in 2024. Of that amount, 2,000 MW would be non-fossil. The resources are to make up for the closing Diablo nuclear plant and old inefficient gas-powered plants. But it is much more than meets the eye.

East Bay Community Energy and OhmConnect team up to use the latter customers’ negawatts to reduce EBCE’s peak demand when prices and pollution are high.

House Democrats on the Energy & Commerce Committee launch a bill that would require electricity across the nation be all renewable by 2035. It also sets a net zero pollution target for 2050. In addition, this Clean Future’s Act seeks to create a U.S. Green Bank that would fund transportation electrification, community resiliency, and distributed energy.

Both Hawaii have California have lots of beaches. The two states also have lots of rooftop solar and are striving for 100% clean energy by 2045. But can those and other similarities result in California benefiting from Hawaii’s new ratemaking tying utility profits to the public interest? This week’s Juice dives into the matter.

The CPUC does not want a repeat of the 16 safety outages in Southern California Edison territory last year. The utility presented its corrective action plan that strives to curb shutoffs, including by targeting more than 70 circuits in high-risk fire zones.

Offshore wind plants are heading California’s way. The first project is expected to include floating turbines off the coast of Eureka.

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