Hundreds of thousands of electric utility customers in California are paying more than they should to cover the cost of power purchased for other customers. These extra costs are hurting low-income, minority and working families who can least afford higher bills.
Learn about the competitive challenges and other new developments in the energy and utility industries.
The California Public Utilities Commission recently approved two rounds of pilot proposals to electrify transportation from the state’s investor-owned utilities (IOUs). These pilots will cost a combined $1.3 billion and go beyond Gov. Jerry Brown (D)’s plan to have 1.5 million zero emission vehicles (ZEVs) on the road by 2025.
While millions of Americans were outside looking up at Monday’s total eclipse, hundreds of IBEW utility members kept the lights on as the sky goes dark.
The Petah Tikva-based mPrest – a provider of mission-critical monitoring, control and analytics software for utilities – last week announced a new partnership with Vector Limited, the island nation’s leading multi-network infrastructure company.
The firm predicts that construction sites will be human-free, with remote-controlled machines taking up existing labor tasks, while new materials and techniques will be used to improve safety and efficiency, while simultaneously reducing costs.
On 14 days during March, Arizona utilities got a gift from California: free solar power.
With up to 6 GW of gas plants at risk of closure, energy planners are scrambling for new compensation techniques and zero-carbon alternatives.
Can the world’s sixth-largest economy get to 60% renewables by 2030 and 100% renewables by 2045? California’s Senate Bill 100 would require just that. Earlier this month senators passed the bill by a 25 to 13 vote. It now faces a stiffer test in the Assembly.
California released a white paper last week documenting the stunning decline of the customer base for investor-owned utilities in the state. Meanwhile, the state is facing more and more curtailments, negative electricity pricing, and, on top of it all, a looming solar eclipse. What can we learn about market design from the nation’s solar leader?… [Read More]
Two key California energy agencies have released a staff-written white paper aimed at addressing the implications of the fact that the state’s investor-owned utilities are rapidly losing market share. As much as 25% of IOU retail load will be served by non-IOU sources this year, and that share could grow to more than 85% by… [Read More]