Traditional Fuels

Natural Gas Prices Spike, Solar and Wind Buildout Continues

October 21, 2021|0 Comments

Meteorologists are forecasting a warmer winter across much of the United States, which often leads to slack demand for natural gas. But this year, increased exports of liquefied natural gas are driving up the price of the fuel, according to Federal Energy Regulatory Commission staff. Global global demand for LNG exports has increased 21% increase compared to last winter.

Shorts

September 19, 2021|Comments Off on Shorts

Updated Sept. 23 Gov. Gavin Newsom signed legislation providing more than $15 billion to reduce the impacts of the climate crisis. Of that amount $3.9 billion is to advance the state’s zero emissions vehicle market. [...]

Expedited storage permits, Anti-gas suit dropped, SMUD pursues novel net metering reform

September 9, 2021|Comments Off on Expedited storage permits, Anti-gas suit dropped, SMUD pursues novel net metering reform

The California Energy Commission accelerates the permitting of large storage projects to get more power online by next fall. The action follows the controversial expedited certification process for natural gas and diesel projects to beef up [...]

News Roundup: SoCalGas Ends Lawsuit Alleging Energy Commission Was ‘Anti-Gas’

September 9, 2021|Comments Off on News Roundup: SoCalGas Ends Lawsuit Alleging Energy Commission Was ‘Anti-Gas’

SoCalGas settled a lawsuit it filed last year against the California Energy Commission that claimed some of its work to address the climate crisis was illegal. It specifically challenged efforts to advance clean energy under [...]

CEC Speeds Up Storage Permits, Funds Used EV Battery Truck Charging Station

September 9, 2021|Comments Off on CEC Speeds Up Storage Permits, Funds Used EV Battery Truck Charging Station

The California Energy Commission accelerated permitting for large energy storage projects to address the increasing risk of power shortages during intense heat. It also awarded millions of dollars in clean energy grants, including $5 million to a solar plus storage project that uses second life electric vehicle batteries...

CEC Waives Air Pollution Rules in a Rush for New Diesel and Natural Gas Power

August 17, 2021|Comments Off on CEC Waives Air Pollution Rules in a Rush for New Diesel and Natural Gas Power

Reversing years of clean power priorities, the California Energy Commission is waiving air quality protections and rushing permits for new diesel-burning generators and gas-fired power plants in a desperate push to get more generation [...]

CEC Adopts 2022 Triennial Building Efficiency Code

August 11, 2021|Comments Off on CEC Adopts 2022 Triennial Building Efficiency Code

The California Energy Commission unanimously approved a hard fought, cutting edge building energy efficiency code update Aug. 11, a key part being incentives for efficient electric water and space heat pumps in all new residential buildings and some nonresidential ones. The largest share of building energy is from heating systems, with gas-fired systems producing most of the carbon emissions

Saving Energy Continues to Be the Best Deal in Town

August 11, 2021|Comments Off on Saving Energy Continues to Be the Best Deal in Town

Saving a kilowatt has long been known to be the best kilowatt. Now an analysis by the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory of efficiency programs run by dozens of program administrators across 21 states shows just [...]

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