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1 Jul 2021

Senate energy bills pass a key Assembly policy committee this week. That includes ones supporting building and vehicle electrification and beefing up the thin ranks of utility fire prevention workforces with Conservation Corps workers who’ve been fighting fires, including those formerly incarcerated.

PG&E proposes a massive rate hike, partly to fund ongoing safety work of its electric and gas systems. The 30% hike is largely to pay for its upcoming 2023-26 proposed general rate case. While not unexpected, a ratepayer advocate called the “mindboggling” proposal unconscionable, more so in light of the pandemic’s financial impacts on customers.

Another big diesel backup system at a data center in Silicon Valley does not have to comply with California Energy Commission permitting requirements. The commissioners granted a waiver for the 96 MW backup at the Sequoia Data Center in Santa Clara. More diesel backups at data centers are in the queue.

Southern California is asking state utility regulators for permission for another ratepayer-backed bond to cover its wildfire spending. The $1 billion bond also would cover debt accumulated from unpaid utility bills.

The irreplaceable, long-time ratepayer advocate Bill Marcus passed away. His professional and personal generosity and number smarts will be sorely missed.

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