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House Hearing on Transmission Hits California Live Wires

24 May

Barriers to transmission needed for clean energy growth in California and across the country can be overcome, advocates told the House of Representatives Select Committee on the Climate Crisis May 20. Wildfires and freezes “have left Americans in the dark and in danger just in the last four months,” Rep. Kathy Castor (D-FL), the committee […]

Edison Reimagines California’s Distribution System

5 Jan

Distributed energy’s explosive growth makes integrating it in a way that supports the power system critical, according to a new white paper from Southern California Edison. The paper forecasts significant growth of distributed energy resources (DER) in California and “we want to have the system technologies to see and manage their impacts,” SCE VP of Asset […]

CAISO’s Energy Imbalance Market Has Taken Big Steps but Faces Competition

2 Dec

California’s energy imbalance market had a good 2020. It passed $1 billion in total benefits, added two powerhouse participants, and filed its first plan for expanding into day-ahead trading. But the question of how California can share decision-making with other states continues to block that expansion and potential participants are looking at alternatives. The voluntary EIM […]

State Regulators Face Solar Dilemma

3 Nov

Monday’s kickoff of California’s long-awaited proceeding to update net energy metering highlighted regulators’ dilemma of how to grow solar resources without shifting system costs to customers who don’t own solar energy projects. Nationally, hopes are high that California’s proceeding will offer breakthrough solutions to the troublesome successor tariff complexities that have emerged in other states […]

Fact Checking Trump’s and Biden’s Energy Transition Plans

26 Oct

In the presidential candidates’ final debate, President Trump said Vice President Biden’s energy plan could cost tens of millions of jobs. Wind is “extremely expensive” and solar “doesn’t quite have it yet,” he added. Trump avoided answering a question about the health impacts of polluting industries. There is “a moral obligation” to address the climate […]

“Super” CCA Collaboration for 500 MW of Long Duration Storage

19 Oct

Eight community choice aggregators are forming a procurement agency to jointly invest in much needed but neglected long duration energy storage. Leaders of the new Joint Powers Agency will issue a groundbreaking solicitation from their “super JPA“ that will pool the eight members’ resources and bid for up to 500 MW of long duration energy […]

Fed Commodities Regulators Break the Mold with Call for Carbon Pricing

17 Sep

The climate crisis threatens the stability of the U.S. financial markets, warned commissioners appointed by the current president to the Commodity Futures Trading Commission in a recent report. Although their report has not been approved by the full commission, Emilie Mazzacurati, founder/CEO of climate risk analyst 427, called it miraculous in the current political environment. […]

CA Must Accelerate Climate Protection Strategies, Air Board Head Says

5 Feb

California legislators learned during a second annual update on greenhouse gas pollution that the state continues to struggle with increased emissions from driving. Another ongoing challenge is how to protect fragile forests that capture carbon. Mary Nichols, chair of the California Air Resources Board, said to expect “new and more aggressive strategies” to shift drivers […]

House Democrats Push a Carbon Tax

5 Dec

In the midst of the United Nations Climate talks in Madrid, Spain, a House committee explored the appropriate price tag to place on a carbon tax as a means of curbing greenhouse gases. The optimal price was said to range between $25 to $100 per ton of carbon dioxide equivalent. Two of the four professors […]

Edison Seeks Big Rise on its Return On Equity from FERC

11 Apr

Southern California Edison asked federal energy regulators April 11 for more than a 50 percent increase on its return on equity to help ameliorate the cost of its “extraordinary” wildfire liability. Edison seeks to raise its revenue requirement on federally regulated transmission lines from $1.038 billion to $1.328 billion annually, a 28 percent increase. That […]


25 Apr

Votes on competing decisions to provide subsidies for installing solar rooftops in disadvantaged communities were postponed by the California Public Utilities Commission April 25. Both decisions would provide $10 million/year to the Disadvantaged Communities Solar Homes program, funded by revenue from the Air Resources Board’s carbon allowance market auction. Also included in both decisions is […]

Opinionated: Transformation at The Grid’s Edge

19 Jun

By Fereidoon Sioshansi Donald Rumsfeld, the former US Defense Secretary, referring to developments following the Iraq invasion famously said, in war, “Stuff happens,” suggesting that much of what happens is unpredictable and not necessarily pleasant. Similarly, in the electric power sector these days, stuff is happening – generally characterized by buzzwords including industry transformation, grid […]

Carbon Trading or Tax?

19 Jan

The fate of the carbon cap-and trade reauthorization is uncertain but California’s political leaders have no plans to back down from decreasing the state’s greenhouse gases, including using other reduction “mechanisms,” Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles) said Jan. 17. Presumably that includes adoption of a state carbon tax. (more…)

CLIMATE ROUNDUP: Major Public Transit Measure Passes in Bay Area

10 Nov

  Voters in three San Francisco Bay Area counties approved a $3.5 billion infrastructure bond to upgrade the Bay Area Rapid System, exceeding the two-thirds vote requirement. Measure RR won 70.86 percent of the vote in Alameda, Contra Costa and San Francisco counties. Of the approved bond, $1.2 billion is to be spent modernizing the […]

Methane Rule Costs May Hurt Low-Income Customers, Say Utilities

3 Nov

  State environmental regulators Nov. 3 called for using the “social cost of methane” as a yardstick for determining emissions control requirements for energy utilities’ and in-state pipeline companies’ natural gas transmission and distribution systems. (more…)

JUICE: A Letter from Bell to CARB

6 Oct

Editor’s Note: Since returning to California in 1988, Bill Kelly has frequently visited Bell and other communities in Southeast Los Angeles County in various professional capacities, including as the South Coast Air Quality Management District’s spokesperson for 12 years. The city of Bell is surrounded by polluting industries unlike where he lives and raised his […]

CPUC Bars Incentives for Fossil Fuel Demand Response

29 Sep

The California Public Utilities Sept. 29 prohibited demand response incentives for fossil fueled resources, under a rulemaking approved on a 4-0 vote. (more…)

JUICE: Acting Locally, Thinking Globally

22 Sep

“The world will not achieve its climate goals without cities leading the way,” the Mayor of Oakland said during a Sept. 16 conference on climate change and social equity. (more…)

Overcoming the “Green Divide”

15 Sep

Significantly improved transparency, accountability, and data collection are needed to ensure California achieves the climate equity targets articulated in the newly signed climate protection bills, according to a coalition of environmental justice and labor union advocates. (more…)

Major Climate Protection Bills Become Law

8 Sep

Under a hot sun, Gov. Jerry Brown signed two intertwined bills Sept. 8 that require further reductions in the state’s greenhouse gas emissions and direct more resources to curbing climate change’s impacts in struggling communities subjected to air pollution from heavy industries and freeways. (more…)


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