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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…)

Calendar

9 Jun

June 13: California Senate Committee on Energy, Utilities & Communications meeting. Measures to be heard include AB 2570, regarding the inspection and audit of California Public Utilities Commission books and records. Full agenda. Time: 9:30 am. Place: State Capitol, 1315 10th St., Room 131, Sacramento. (more…)

The Week Ahead

2 Jun

Several California agencies will hold a two-day conference June 6 and 7 to discuss methane leaks from the natural gas supply system. The meeting by the California Air Resources Board, California Energy Commission, and California Public Utilities Commission is aimed at identifying steps needed to reduce emissions of methane, a powerful greenhouse gas with up […]

CALENDAR

2 Jun

June 6-7: Joint agency symposium: California’s Natural Gas System: Challenges and Solutions. An in-depth look at methane emissions and reduction opportunities related to California’s consumption of natural gas. Both days will be webcast. More information: http://www.arb.ca.gov/lispub/rss/displaypost.php?pno=9368 Time: 8 a.m. on June 6; 9 a.m. on June 7. Place: Cal/EPA headquarters building, 1001 “I” St., Sacramento. (more…)

CA Agencies Plan for Microgrid Commercialization

26 May

Top impediments to the development of microgrids in California are lack of regulations and policies enabling advancement, interconnection rules imposing limitations, and utility franchise rights inhibiting growth, an official with the California Energy Commission revealed. (more…)

Calendar

19 May

May 24: The CEC, CPUC and CAISO will conduct a joint energy agency workshop on developing a roadmap to commercialize microgrids in California. Time: 1:30 p.m. – 5 p.m. Place: California Energy Commission, First Floor, Art Rosenfeld Hearing Room, 1516 Ninth St., Sacramento, CA 95814. (more…)

Lawmakers Concerned About EV Charging Proposal

21 Apr

Nearly two dozen lawmakers are calling on the California Public Utilities Commission to ensure that Pacific Gas & Electric’s proposed electric vehicle charging station plan does not give the utility an unfair market advantage. (more…)

Guest Juice: California’s Energy Efficiency Pickle

11 Feb

Pickle: pretty pickle, fine how-do-you-do, tight squeeze, mess, stew, no-win situation. (Roget’s International Thesaurus, 2001) (more…)

Assembly Sees New Energy-Related Legislation

11 Feb

Two state Senate bills to reform the California Public Utilities Commission left over from last year got shots in the arm with their advancement to the Assembly. (more…)

Measure Seeks to Gut CPUC

4 Feb

The new chair of the Assembly Utilities & Commerce Committee has authored a constitutional amendment aimed at the November ballot that would eviscerate the California Public Utilities Commission. (more…)

Utility Pricing of Distributed Resources a Moving Target

4 Feb

Investor-owned utility representatives sketched out criteria for evaluating the benefits and costs of rooftop solar, fuel cells, energy storage and or other small distributed resources feeding into utility distribution systems at specific locations during a Feb.1 workshop at the California Public Utilities Commission. (more…)

Edison-NRG Power Purchase Agreement in Oxnard in Doubt

4 Feb

The California Public Utilities Commission is poised later this month to reject, at least for now, a power purchase agreement between Southern California Edison and NRG for the output of a new 271 MW gas-fired generation plant being planned in Oxnard to replace the 560 MW Mandalay plant. (more…)

Shorts

4 Feb

Sen. Bob Hertzberg (D-Los Angeles) urged the governor to prod the California Public Utilities Commission to thwart the closures of struggling biomass facilities as directed by the state chief in an emergency proclamation issued last October. “There is no explanation as to why the CPUC and investor-owned utilities haven’t begun extending bioenergy contracts to mitigate […]

Regulators Narrowly Approve Pro-Solar Rate Decision

28 Jan

The California Public Utilities Commission Jan. 28 cast a 3-2 vote to maintain paying solar rooftop owners the higher retail rate for excess power sent into the grid in spite of strong utility opposition. The decision on net metering also includes new costs on solar unit owners, including higher public good charges and an interconnection […]

SDG&E Electric Vehicle Charging Program Gets Go Ahead

28 Jan

San Diego Gas & Electric can install 3,500 electric vehicle chargers at 350 locations over the next three years at a cost of $45 million under a California Public Utilities Commission decision approved unanimously Jan. 28. (more…)

Community Choice in Motion in San Diego

14 Jan

Prospects for community choice aggregation for electricity customers in San Diego are advancing amid intensifying controversy over San Diego Gas & Electric’s lobbying plan to thwart it. (more…)

Decision on SDG&E’s Community Choice Lobbying Plan Not Due Till Summer

14 Jan

San Diego Gas & Electric’s plan to create an independent marketing division to lobby against community choice aggregation hit speed bumps at the end of last year. (more…)

Edison’s $22M EV Charging Station Pilot Gets Green Light

14 Jan

The California Public Utilities Commission Jan. 14 unanimously approved Southern California Edison ratepayers paying $22 million for a range of rebates for non-residential customers’ installations of up to 1,500 electric vehicle charging stations in its territory. (more…)

IT’S THE CAPITOL: CPUC Reform Legislation Revived

14 Jan

Two major bills to increase the accountability of the California Public Utilities Commission and make it more ratepayer-friendly, which are very similar to ones vetoed by Gov. Jerry Brown last year, were approved Jan. 13 by the Senate Energy Utilities & Communications Committee. (more…)

CPUC May Bar Fossil-Fueled Backup Generation in Demand Response

14 Jan

A California Public Utilities Commission administrative law judge weighed competing proposals for how and whether to allow backup generation to be used in conjunction with demand response programs on Jan. 13. (more…)

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