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Capital Roundup: Calif. & Feds Reach Offshore Wind Deal

25 May

Gov. Gavin Newsom announced May 25 that he and the Biden Administration reached a deal to promote 4.6 gigawatts of offshore wind development in California over the next decade. Part of the agreement entails a lease sale offer by the federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management as early as next year that would open 400 […]

State Utility Regulators Call For 11.5 GW of New Resources by 2026

25 May

Two competing California Public Utilities Commission proposals would require utilities, community energy and other provider investments in a combined 11,500 megawatts to come online between 2023 and 2026 to ensure a solid and far less polluting grid. About one tenth would come from fossil-fueled power. One proposal, by Administrative Law Judge Julie Fitch, would okay […]

The Buzz

23 Oct

State utility regulators allow Pacific Gas & Electric to fold $447 million into rates to recoup part of its wildfire tab. Whether these incurred costs linked to different accounts are reasonable will be determined later. Also this week, a majority of the California Public Utilities Commission refuses to back a penalty program aimed at stopping […]

“Super” CCA Collaboration for 500 MW of Long Duration Storage

19 Oct

Eight community choice aggregators are forming a procurement agency to jointly invest in much needed but neglected long duration energy storage. Leaders of the new Joint Powers Agency will issue a groundbreaking solicitation from their “super JPA“ that will pool the eight members’ resources and bid for up to 500 MW of long duration energy […]

News Roundup: SCE Reaches $2B Deal with Fire Insurers

25 Sep

Southern California Edison agreed to a nearly $2 billion settlement to cover all claims by insurance companies for payouts they made to businesses and homeowners harmed by the utility-sparked 2017 Thomas and Koenigstein fires, and the 2018 Montecito mudslides. The agreement announced Sept. 23 pays $1.6 billion to insurance firms for third party fire claims […]

The Buzz

23 Jul

Energy storage is surging in California, with much of it being built next to solar plants. The grid operator board approves giving these complimentary co-located projects a market boost so they can fill the gap in peak supplies over the next three years. After many years, dozens of stakeholders reached an agreement on removing PacifiCorp’s […]

Beyond Lithium Ion Storage

7 Jan

The California Energy Commission seeks to ramp up emerging storage technologies, expanding the non-lithium ion energy storage field. It is currently offering $9 million in competitive grants for technologies other than lithium ion batteries. The Commission is already evaluating eight to ten non-lithium ion storage technologies and hopes to see new ones emerge from its […]

Southern California Edison Energy Storage RFO

1 Apr

2014 ES RFO SCE  announced the launch of its first Energy Storage Request for Offers for Product from eligible Energy Storage Resources (“ESRs”). Information and documents regarding the 2014 ES RFO can be found on the 2014 ES RFO website at  (more…)

SCE Renewable Distributed Generation Preferred Resources Pilot RFO

1 Apr

PRP RFO Southern California Edison (“SCE”) is pleased to announce that it has launched its Renewable Distributed Generation Preferred Resources Pilot Request For Offers (“PRP RFO”) for Eligible Renewable Resources (“ERRs”) in central Orange County. (more…)

SDG&E 2014 Distribution Reliability/Power Quality RFP

31 Mar

SDG&E is seeking a distribution level 4MW/12MWh utility owned Energy Storage System (“ESS”) in lieu of traditional circuit upgrades.  SDG&E expects to provide capacity support to one or more sites and one or more 12kV circuits, in 1MW/3MWh incremental sub-units, from a single contractor. The ESS will not participate in wholesale markets and therefore does […]

Centers for Alternative Fuels and Advanced Vehicle Technology in Central California

27 Feb

PON-14-606 The California Energy Commission Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program announces the availability of up to $1,194,659 in grant funds to develop a new center or expand an existing center for alternative fuels and advanced vehicle technologies in Central California. There will be one Pre-Application Workshop; participation in this meeting is optional […]

Customer Distributed Energy Resources Grid Integration Study

26 Feb

14PS5015 The California Public Utilities Commission is soliciting a contractor to help the CPUC better understand the current and future impacts that Customer-Side Distributed Energy Resources (DER)  will have on the California Investor Owned Utility (IOU) owned electric transmission and distribution systems; describe and quantify the impact of different levels of DER penetration; and recommend policies that will optimize the deployment […]

PG&E  2014 Energy Storage Request for Offer

17 Feb

ES RFO PG&E seeks Offers from energy storage projects for various attributes and contract types.  PG&E seeks Energy Storage Agreements for stand-alone projects, amendments to add energy storage to existing PG&E agreements, and Purchase and Sale Agreements.  Purchase and Sale Agreements will be used for distribution deferral projects, storage on PG&E-owned PV sites, and stand-alone […]

Driving the Integration of Electric Vehicles to Maximize Benefits to the Grid

6 Feb

PON-14-310 The purpose of this solicitation from the California Energy Commission is to fund Applied Research and Development projects that will advance technologies and strategies for smart and efficient charging and vehicle-to-grid communication interfaces that will provide maximum benefits to both the electricity grid and the plug-in electric vehicle (PEV) market. Projects must fall within […]

Advancing Clean Energy from Biogas, Biomethane and Natural Gas

6 Feb

PON-14-505 The purpose of this solicitation is to fund research, development and demonstration (RD&D) projects that address the barriers to increased market penetration of renewable energy, particularly biogas and biomethane (also known as renewable natural gas), and natural gas fueled distributed generation, and combined heat and power systems. Projects must fall within the following RD&D […]

PG&E 2014 Renewables Portfolio Standard RFO

4 Feb

2014 RPS RFO PG&E is seeking Offers for bundled energy and capacity from Eligible Renewable Resources (ERRs) and Renewable Energy Credits (RECs).  On December 24, 2014 the Commission approved the 2014 Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) Procurement Plan that was filed and amended on December 8th and December 23rd, respectively, in response to D.14-11-042.

SCE Renewable & Alternative Power

2 Feb

RPSRFO In its 2014 RPS Solicitation, Southern California Edison Company (“SCE”) is soliciting proposals to supply renewable Products from Eligible Renewable Energy Resources  sufficient to permit SCE to execute Power Purchase Agreements, in substantially the form of the Pro Forma Agreements as outlined in the Procurement Protocol.

NRG Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Settlement Performance & Financial Audit

29 Jan

RFP 14PS5016 The California Public Utilities Commission seeks an auditing expert to evaluate the performance of  NRG Inc. in fulfilling its obligations to the CPUC pursuant to a legal settlement between the two entities.  (more…)

Reduce the Environmental and Public Health Impacts of Electricity Generation and Make the Electricity System Less Vulnerable to Climate Impacts: Phase I

16 Jan

PON-14-309 The purpose of this solicitation by the California Energy Commission is to fund applied research and development projects that reduce the environmental impacts of electricity generation and make the electricity system less vulnerable to climate impacts through the following funding initiatives: • Research on sensitive species and habitats to inform renewable energy planning and […]

Demonstrating Clean Energy Solutions That Support California’s Industries, the Environment, and the Electrical Grid

16 Jan

PON-14-307  The California Energy Commission has issued a solicitation to fund technology demonstration and deployment projects that: • Demonstrate and deploy community scale generators, including combined heat and power (CHP) and renewable generation technologies that are in the pre-commercial stage; and • Demonstrate and deploy innovative energy management strategies to facilitate the integration of intermittent renewable energy […]


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