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3 Jun 2021

The California Public Utilities Commission tightens utility safety protocols to limit the number and reach of shutoffs this year. Regulators hope to avoid a repeat of the widespread problematic shutoffs in 2019. The commissioners also direct the three private utilities to submit annual shutoff reports.

The CPUC proposes an additional fine on Pacific Gas & Electric of $20 million for havoc wreaked when it cut off power to a million customers two years ago.

In other news, $11 billion in utility funding over five years for key ratepayer assistance programs is approved. The three programs provide gas and electric rate discounts, efficiency retrofits and workforce training in neglected communities. The Commission also revises it rule on ratepayer funded undergrounding of wires. To date, problems in utility programs have led to $1.6 billion being untapped.

Lastly, busy state regulators pitch a plan to make it easier for private utilities to install chargers to help meet the big EV charger target set for 2025.

Buildings are responsible for a big chunk of California’s greenhouse gases and tackling them is key to decarbonization. A new California Energy Commission staff report highlights the need for increased building electrification, energy efficiency, and flexible distributed generation, and reduced climate harming refrigerants.

Breaking up is hard to do, the City of San Diego finds. For months it tried to entice other energy companies to replace its long-time gas and electric partner San Diego Gas & Electric. The lack of response leads the city to recommit to SDG&E for up to 20 years.

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