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15 Jul 2021

A divided California Public Utilities Commission green lights a $240 million utility electric vehicle charging program to help get the state closer to its 1 million-plus charger target. Two commissioners object, including because they didn’t have time to analyze the newly revised decision that earlier had been pulled off the Thursday agenda.

Utility regulators unanimously okay California and Oregon replacing PacifiCorp as co-licensees on the Lower Klamath River dams to allow its demolition. The CPUC gets the biggest river and salmon restoration project in the U.S. closer to happening.

Developing a green hydrogen industry to help curb emissions has been making headlines but that does not stop state regulators from sending the natural gas utilities back to the drawing board. The joint hydrogen gas blending plan of SoCalGas, SDG&E, PG&E and Southwest Gas Corp is considered deficient. The CPUC tells them to collaborate with public agencies doing studies evaluating the impacts of adding hydrogen to natural gas sent through pipelines.

The Sacramento Municipal Utilities District hopes to beat the state’s 2045 net zero emissions goal by 15 years. There are lots of challenges ahead, but the muni expects opportunity and optimism to get it to its 2030 goal.

Another key decarbonizataion strategy is the electrification homes. But solar rooftops and energy efficiency are needed to keep a lid on electricity bills, according to speakers at a workshop on building decarbonization financing. 

In spite of Oregon’s Bootleg Fire thwarting 5,500 MW of imports on transmission lines connecting California and the Northwest, the grid operator avoids outages over the weekend and early in the week.

Legislation seeking to direct cheap loans to public energy storage and EV charging projects passes. So do bills allowing public electric utilities to lower their borrowing costs by using customer-financed bonds and opening the CPUC biomethane tariff program to community energy

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