The Buzz

27 May 2021

Clean local microgrid bills keep moving forward in the Legislature. Also continuing to advance is hotly contested legislation that would add significant costs to net metered solar rooftops. But measures to decarbonize state buildings and promote more renewables fizzle. Find out more in the latest legislative roundup.

A big gust is propelling offshore wind energy development in California. A new agreement with the federal government removes Department of Defense hurdles to floating turbines being sited off the coast of Central and Northern California.

State utility regulators would add 4,000 MW more to a March proposal seeking to add 7,500 MW of new resources mid-decade. The proposed 11,500 GW would come from all energy providers in the state, with up to one tenth coming from natural gas plants. The catch is whether needed transmission will be there to make the renewable stretch goal a reality.

Planning, permitting, and cost allocation are the three major barriers to needed transmission to make way for a clean grid in and outside of California. Renewable advocates tell a House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis that action by federal energy regulators, the streamlining of permits and financial assistance will lower the barriers.

Pacific Gas & Electric finds a buyer for its headquarters in the heart of downtown San Francisco. The net profit from the $800 million sale is to heip lower customer bills. A big jump in executive compensation doesn’t help.

And more.

The Editors

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