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The Buzz

6 Aug

Months of speculation as to who would be the CA grid operator’s new chief ends with the naming of Bonneville Power Administration head Elliott Mainzer. He says he wants to build on the success of the Energy Imbalance Market, which BPA joins next year. A nasty dispute between state utility commissioners and the executive director […]

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 […]

CPUC Okays Utilities 2020 Ratemaking

19 Dec

The California Public Utilities Commission Dec. 19 unanimously authorized the four investor-owned utilities’ long-term debt and preferred and common equity percentages as part of the test year 2020 ratemaking capital structures. Regulators approved only some of the requested rate of return increases. “The financial stability of the utilities is vital,” said CPUC Chair Marybel Batjer. […]

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 […]

Utility Financial Stability Concerns Come to Fore

8 Feb

In an unusual move, four members of the California Public Utilities Commission Feb. 8 answered written questions submitted by the so called “public” concerning the financial stability of the state’s investor-owned utilities in the face of regulatory policy and the growing impacts of climate change, particularly wildfires. The one-hour webinar—called an experiment in communications by […]

Fire Risks Require Land & Building Changes, CPUC Told

1 Feb

Fire safety scientists and engineers predict California will face mounting danger from wildfires in the coming decade due to climate change regardless of what energy utilities do to reduce the chances that their equipment may ignite blazes. The chief way to prevent a mounting toll of death, injury, and property damage, they told the California […]

SHORTS

23 Oct

Energy regulators should require Southern California Edison to meet local power needs through a feed-in tariff for renewables, demand response, and energy efficiency and storage, according to the Clean Coalition. It began pushing for a tariff instead of a request for offers for preferred resources after the California Energy Commission signaled it would reject a […]

The Buzz

25 Aug

State utility regulators okayed a shift in the peak pricing period to later in the day for San Diego Gas & Electric customers. Industry advocates warn it erodes the economic advantages of rooftop solar. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry gets an education about how the grid operates. A Department of Energy staff report he requested […]

The Buzz

25 May

Pacific Gas & Electric fails to garner an extra $1.5 billion for decommissioning its Diablo Canyon nuclear reactor, as the CPUC stands by an administrative law judge’s decision. FERC moves a bit closer to a quorum as a Senate panel holds a hearing on President Trump’s nominees. In a report that’s, well, quite predictable, CARB […]

OPINIONATED: What Happened to Legislative Reform of the CPUC?

29 Sep

by Todd Edmister   This summer, large-scale legislative reform of the California Public Utilities Commission seemed inevitable. (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. […]

CALENDAR

18 Aug

Aug. 23: A Demand Response Auction Mechanism meeting. Discussion includes development of a proposal for auction elements, including a standard pro forma contract, for DRAM deliveries beginning Jan. 1, 2018. More information. (more…)

CALENDAR

14 Jul

July 19: Sempra Energy’s second quarter earnings and call with analysts. Time: 1:30 Eastern time Where: live webcast at www.sempra.com. (more…)

SHORTS

7 Jul

The CPUC’s Safety & Enforcement Division July 1 appealed to the commission to reconsider its decision fining PG&E $24.3 million for shoddy record-keeping practices regarding its natural gas pipelines. The Safety Division told the CPUC in its challenge that the June 1 decision penalizing PG&E is insufficient and the fine should be raised to $112 […]

CALENDAR

7 Jul

July 11: Joint agency workshop on analytical data, tools and approaches that could help establish energy efficiency targets, evaluate energy savings and integrate data into the periodic energy demand forecast. Details and attendance instructions. (more…)

Calendar

30 Jun

July 4: Independence Day – federal holiday. (more…)

Gov. Signs Big CPUC Reform Deal

27 Jun

After being continually pressured by lawmakers to overhaul the California Public Utilities Commission, Gov. Jerry Brown reached an agreement with key Democratic legislators to reform the agency. On June 27, Brown signed an historic deal with Assemblymember Mike Gatto (D-Los Angeles) and Sens. Jerry Hill (D-San Mateo) and Mark Leno (D-San Francisco) to make the […]

Calendar

23 Jun

June 27: CA Senate Committee on Energy, Utilities & Communications meeting. Measures to be heard include AB 2454, regarding energy procurement plans; and AB 2868, re: energy storage systems. Full agenda. (more…)

CALENDAR

16 Jun

June 20: Regional grid operator and governance workshop. The second of two workshops led by the CEC and governor’s office regarding considerations for the development of a governance structure for a regional grid operator. More information. (more…)