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Bills Okaying Cheaper Loans for Storage and EV Chargers, Munis Issuing Customer-Backed Bonds Advance

13 Jul

Energy storage and electric vehicle chargers would become eligible for zero- and low-interest loans under legislation passed out of the Senate Energy Utilities and Communications Committee July 12. The bill expands an existing program run by the California Energy Commission to fund public entities’ energy efficiency and renewable energy projects. Two other bills also got […]

Federal Officials Seek to Weaken Desert Renewables Deal

14 Jan

The Trump Administration just poked one more, perhaps final finger in California’s eye by proposing changes to the complex, stakeholder-developed plan identifying suitable sites for wind and solar development on public lands in the state’s southeastern desert. The Jan. 13 amendments to the Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan would open more lands to off-road vehicles, […]

Shorts

12 Jan

The Public Advocates Office announced it saved California ratepayers more than $3 billion in utility rates last year. “The impacts of COVID-19 and the increasing frequency of wildfires have made our advocacy that much more important for Californians,” Elizabeth Echols, Director of CalAdvocates, said Jan. 11. She stressed the need for affordable safe utility services–from […]

The Buzz

2 Jul

Before the start of the fireworks, Pacific Gas & Electric announced it funded most of the $6.75 billion cash payment to fire victims. It also lined up another $12 billion to pay insurance claims as well as cities impacted by utility-sparked fires that burned from 2015-2018. Hydrogen fuel to lower transportation emissions, California’s biggest source […]

Shorts

20 Feb

The California Energy Commission approved a Sacramento Municipal Utility District’s community solar program. The Feb. 20 approval was based on the Energy Commission’s 2019 Building Energy Efficiency Standards, which allow community solar in place of PV roof tops on new single family homes. “We expected that the marketplace and stakeholders would find solutions appropriate for […]

The Buzz

15 Nov

California air regulators take initial steps on cap-and-trade program revisions to double greenhouse gas cuts in the decade ahead. The same day, a report is released that pushes land management changes to slash greenhouse gases in California. That includes improved forestry and woodlands management, slower conversion of natural lands and greener agriculture. At the nation’s […]

JUICE: CA May Have to Hold & Fold in Auto Standards Game

3 Apr

In a MAGA moment, The Trump Administration moved to weaken federal greenhouse gas emissions standards for passenger cars and pickup trucks. It also signaled April 2 that it’s reconsidering the Clean Air Act waiver that allowed California to set greenhouse gas standards, which the Obama Administration adopted at the federal level. At issue globally is […]

The Buzz

2 Mar

Tin ears are prevalent this week. During the U.S. EPA’s public “listening session” in San Francisco mid-week on the agency’s plan to revoke the Clean Power Plan, Mary Nichols, California Air Resources Board head, questions agency officials’ hearing ability. The decibels in the room increase with the long line of speakers blasting the proposed repeal […]

Puente Project Gets Shot Down

6 Oct

NRG’s construction license application for its 261 MW Puente natural gas-fired project on the beach in Ventura County was blown out of the water Oct. 6. “On the record currently before us, we are unwilling to override the significant impacts or [laws, ordinances, regulations or standards] inconsistencies” posed by the project, states the proposed decision […]

Undercurrents

27 Oct

In a continuing effort to increase the number of electric and alternatively fueled vehicles on the state’s highways, the California Energy Commission today is moving to update its Alternative & Renewable Fuel & Vehicle Technology Program investment plan. The plan details how the commission plans to spend about $100 million a year collected through vehicle […]

CALENDAR

27 Oct

Nov. 1: California Public Utilities Commission workshop on regionalization to hear from stakeholders and members of the public re: options for locating additional facilities in areas of California, such as Sacramento, which would allow the CPUC to collaborate with other agencies. More information and agenda.   Time: 9:15 a.m. – 4:15 p.m. Place: CPUC Auditorium, […]

Building Efficiency Plan Updates Scrutinized

20 Oct

Collaboration between public entities and private companies is crucial if California hopes to bolster energy efficiency in buildings, the California Energy Commissioner remarked during a workshop this week. (more…)

CALENDAR

20 Oct

Oct. 24: A workshop will be held to receive public comments on the California Energy Commission’s Draft 2016 Integrated Energy Policy Report (IEPR) Update. More information. Draft 2016 IEPR Update (320-page PDF). (more…)

SHORTS

13 Oct

The California Energy Commission and the Department of the Navy Oct. 12 agreed to both continue pursuing innovative renewable energy initiatives. “California and the Navy are taking action to boost energy efficiency and curb our dependence on fossil fuels,” said Gov. Jerry Brown. “This agreement will help expand renewable energy at military bases and secure water […]

CALENDAR

13 Oct

Oct. 17: The California Energy Commission and the governor’s office will host a workshop on considerations for the development of a governance structure for a regional grid operator. Discussions involve modifications to the California Independent System Operator’s governance that would be needed to facilitate the transition to a regional organization. More information. (more…)

Stakeholders Seek to Advance Transportation Electrification

6 Oct

  Electrifying transportation reduces California’s greenhouse gases, but the state needs to pick up the pace to meet its emissions reduction targets, an official with a nonprofit that conducts research on electric power industry issues said this week. (more…)

CALENDAR

6 Oct

  Oct. 10: California Energy Commission public meeting to present proposed regulations and seek comments from interested parties regarding proposed efficiency standards for computers, computer monitors and signage displays. More information. (more…)

CALENDAR

22 Sep

Sept. 26: Energy Commission staff will conduct a workshop regarding energy data collection to support the implementation of SB 350, AB 802 and improved energy analytics. More information. Time: 10 a.m. Place: California Energy Commission, First Floor, Arthur Rosenfeld Hearing Room, 1516 Ninth St., Sacramento. (more…)

CEC Approves Contract Extensions, Settlements

15 Sep

Along with contract extensions, a $1 million in grant was approved by the California Energy Commission Sept. 14. (more…)

CALENDAR

15 Sep

Sept. 21: 14th Annual GO 156 Supplier Diversity En Banc. CEOs and presidents of California’s investor-owned utilities will discuss their supplier diversity programs and activities aimed at encouraging inclusion of diverse suppliers in contract opportunities. Agenda. Time: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Place: South San Francisco Conference Center, 255 South Airport Blvd., South San Francisco. […]

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