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8 Apr 2021

A week after a national report found that the City of Los Angeles could be powered fully by renewables by 2035, the City Council gives SoCalGas’ Playa del Rey underground gas storage field the thumbs down. It’s a gesture welcome by clean energy advocates but holds little clout. Environmentalists call on the city council to put its money where its mouth is and mandate all electric construction to slash natural gas use.

The Assembly energy committee advances bioenergy bills. That includes legislation opening the California Public Utilities Commission biomass and biogas program door to community energy.

As winter subsides and the weather warms up cool roofs matter. These reflective roofs, promoted by the former energy efficiency guru and Energy Commissioner Art Rosenfeld, lower inside temperatures, utility bills, and carbon emissions. To learn more, see Cool Roofs for Dummies.

Pacific Gas & Electric is hit with felony charges for starting the massive fire in Sonoma County in late October 2019. The utility admits to starting the Kincaid Fire but rejects the criminal counts. Local power and environmental justice advocates urge the CPUC to significantly increase its oversight and consider revoking PG&E’s license to operate.

On its surface, a National Renewable Energy Laboratory report finding Los Angeles can reach 100% renewables 10 years before the state as a whole makes Gov. Newsom look way behind decarbonizing times. Delve deeper into the report and you’ll find more agreement than disagreement between the strategies of LA and California, this week’s Juice reveals.

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