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The Bill for Energy Shifts from the Office to Home

4 Aug

The increased hours people are spending at home have driven up residential power demand in California, and with it, utility bills. Late summer with its higher temperatures only makes the situation worse. The highest increase in home energy use reported among the major private and public utilities was 15%, in the southern part of the […]

Opposition Grows to Converting Utah Plant Serving So Cal to Gas

21 Nov

Clear air advocates Nov. 19 urged the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power to put the brakes on a coal to natural gas conversion at the Intermountain Power Project in Utah. Their call occurred the same day that the California Energy Commission revealed that much of state’s gas power plant fleet will remain online […]

CPUC Approves Ratepayers Paying $10.5 B into Wildfire Fund

24 Oct

A wind-driven blaze that grew from 300 to 10,000 acres overnight in Sonoma County was the background for the California Public Utilities Commission’s Oct. 24 meeting. During the meeting held in Redding, regulators unanimously approved collecting $10.5 billion from utility ratepayers for a $21 billion utility wildfire fund. Southern California also was experiencing weather driven […]

JUICE: Chasing SCE’s Rates Is Not a Way to Do Business

23 Sep

The Clean Power Alliance this year became the state’s largest Community Choice Aggregator. It provides about 11,000 GWh to a growing complement of over 1 million ex-Southern California Edison customers with competitively-priced renewable energy. It plans to ramp up its renewable resource portfolio and roll out a heady menu of expanded customer programs. To gain […]

Major Energy Bills Stall in Sacramento

9 Aug

Legislation that would make major changes to the state’s electricity industry failed to advance this week as lawmakers began to count down the remaining days in this year’s legislative session. One bill stalled on the Assembly floor and two were delayed in legislative appropriations committees where they face an Aug. 17 deadline for approval or […]

Clean Power Cuts Natural Gas Need

9 Oct

Natural gas usage in California is projected to remain flat or decline slightly with increased energy efficiency and renewable power, according to a California Energy Commission projection shared at an Oct. 9 meeting. Slack demand in California coupled with high levels of gas production likely will result in less need for natural gas storage facilities […]

Undercurrents: SMUD Proposes ‘Time of Day’ Rates

21 Mar

After the Los Angeles Department of Water & Power boosted customer charges last month, the Sacramento Municipal Utility District is planning to follow suit. It’s proposing a 1.5 percent rate boost for residential customers next year and a 1.5 percent increase for non-residential customers in both 2018 and 2019. The state’s second largest municipal utility […]

Amendments to Munis’ RPS Enforcement Rules Pitched

18 Aug

Proposed regulations to ensure publicly-owned utilities reach a 50 percent renewable mandate may allow some wiggle room when it comes to coal power contracts, California Energy Commission staff suggested at an Aug. 18 workshop. (more…)


18 Jun

California is the first state in the nation to top 10,000 MW of installed solar capacity, according to U.S. Solar Market Insight Report, released by GTM Research and the Solar Energy Industries Association June 15.  California installed 718 MW of solar energy in the first three months of 2015, raising the state’s total capacity to […]

Another Bay Area County Explores Community Choice

6 Mar

The San Mateo County Board of Supervisors voted Feb. 25 to take the first step toward providing its citizens alternative energy supplies. Funding for a feasibility study on the pros and cons of becoming a county community choice aggregator was approved last week. (more…)

Irrigation District Rekindles Turf Battle with PG&E

19 Dec

Retail power.

SMUD Approves $1.5B Budget

11 Dec



4 Dec



30 Nov

Electric storage.

San Francisco Votes to Retail Hydro

30 Nov

Allotment expansion.

SMUD: Financial Forecast Cloudy

13 Nov

Aging infrastructure.

LADWP Sets 15% Efficiency Target

13 Nov

17,000 jobs.

Study Focuses on Making San Francisco Choice Local

6 Nov


Climate Roundup: Joint CA-Quebec Auction Planned

9 Oct

23 million tons.

SMUD Rejects Storage Procurement Targets

11 Sep

Said too costly at this time.


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