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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 […]

Grid Operator Seeks to Avoid Solar Energy Crash

24 Jul

The California Independent System Operator is working to get utility-scale solar generators to reset the controls on their inverters to avoid massive losses of generation when transmission lines experience momentary faults. The effort comes after major solar systems have suddenly quit feeding power to the grid—in one case causing a sudden loss of almost 1,200 […]

Shorts

26 Jun

The California Air Resources Board amended its rules for reporting greenhouse gas emissions June 29. The board decided not to include the California Independent System Operator’s energy imbalance market in the rules. Instead, it said it will collect annual information on greenhouse gas emissions related to that market under a formal subpoena process. It made […]

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 […]

SHORTS

17 Nov

Pacific Gas & Electric reported Nov. 15 that its 6 MW battery storage demonstration project successfully participated in California’s electricity markets. The project, funded by the Electric Program Investment Charge, consists of PG&E’s 2 MW Vaca-Dixon and 4 MW Yerba Buena battery storage systems that provide energy and ancillary services in California Independent System Operator’s […]

CAISO Addresses Resource Adequacy Policy Inadequacy

27 Oct

The grid operator Oct. 27 adopted a change to resource adequacy requirements that will provide generators with more flexibility in how they line up substitute capacity when they experience unexpected breakdowns or other forced outages. (more…)

LADWP Projects Transmission Costs Will Balloon in Regionalized Grid

27 Oct

As the California Independent System Operator works to create a regional western electricity market with a centrally-operated power transmission grid, one of the major issues is how the cost of new and existing transmission projects will be allocated to participating utilities and their customers. Some critics of grid regionalization worry that California will wind up […]

SMUD Votes to Join Energy Imbalance Market, LADWP May Be Next

27 Oct

The Sacramento Municipal Utility District Board Oct. 20 voted to participate in the expanding western Energy Imbalance Market launched by California’s grid operator and PacifiCorp Nov. 1, 2014. The net annual savings to SMUD is estimated at $2.8 million, according to board member Gregg Fishman. “More importantly,” he said, “it enables SMUD to partner with […]

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 […]

CLIMATE ROUNDUP

27 Oct

The Aliso Canyon natural gas storage field leak emitted 109,000 metric tons of methane into the atmosphere from late October 2015 to mid-February 2016, according to the final estimate released Sept. 24 by the California Air Resources Board. That’s roughly equivalent to the annual natural gas usage of 190,000 Los Angeles homes, or the carbon dioxide […]

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, […]

Resource Adequacy in Regionalized Grid May Require Change in California Law

20 Oct

A key problem in regionalizing the western grid is determining who will run the show when it comes to establishing and maintaining resource adequacy to ensure reliable supplies of power for utility customers. (more…)

Legislative Representatives Voice Doubts on Grid Regionalization

20 Oct

Before western grid regionalization can go forward, California’s Legislature will have to approve it, and according to two key legislative staffers, questions crucial to any decision by lawmakers remain largely unanswered after almost a year-and-a-half of study and discussion. (more…)

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…)

OPINONATED: CAISO Ignores Massive Market Distortion that Harms Local Renewables

13 Oct

By Craig Lewis The California Independent System Operator just dropped the ball on needed transmission access charge reform and Californians will continue paying a steep price for this failure. (more…)

CLIMATE ROUNDUP

13 Oct

U.S. carbon dioxide emissions from energy use were the lowest in the first six months of this year than they have been since 1991, according to an Energy Information Administration tally released Oct. 12. (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…)

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 […]

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