Slashing emissions from dirty diesel backup systems, the use of which is growing, is the focus of energy and air quality regulators. Diesel generation is widely used because it is cheap, accessible, and established. Panelists at a joint agency workshop tout alternative technologies fueled by gas, more so when supplied with renewable gas or green hydrogen. But hurdles remain.
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has a new chair. President Joe Biden names Rich Click the agency head. Biden also names California Energy Commission Janea Scott secretary to the new Department of Interior chief.
Two days earlier, FERC works as a full five-member board with Commissioner Neil Chatterjee voting with his two Democrat colleagues on key issues.
A new bill seeks to advance community microgrids. It provides funding and training in distributed clean energy to help local agency staff in disadvantaged communities.
Winter blackouts plague Southern California Edison and Pacific Gas & Electric. Almost 300,000 SCE customers go without power this week. Only a fraction of PG&E customers have their power preemptively shutoff, but powerful winds cause a whopping 381,000 to lose power.
San Diego’s community aggregator expects to be in business this March.