On June 30, IBEW 1245’s high-priority legislation, AB 205, was passed by the California Legislature, and promptly signed by the Governor. AB 205 is a multi-faceted energy reliability plan intended to help keep the power flowing in California — and as we enter the season of peak energy demand in what scientists predict to be… [Read More]
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“Addressing the roadblocks to transmission expansion and the development of a modernized grid will drive job creation for high-quality jobs, because almost all transmission work—construction, O&M work, transmission planning, engineering, logistics— is domestic. We remain confident that transmission will benefit the IBEW and the communities we live in across the country with good paying, union… [Read More]
As Congress debates the Build Back Better Act, one key provision designed to encourage rapid adoption of large-scale battery storage will, perversely, have the opposite effect. As currently drafted, it is not financially feasible for regulated utilities to install these modern, efficient batteries that are essential to ensure renewable energy sources, like wind and solar,… [Read More]
Advocacy resulted in the restoration of hundreds of millions of dollars of work for IBEW 1245 members In the wake of the largest wildfire season in California’s recorded history, major investments are critically needed to mitigate the risk of future fires. As part of its last general rate case application, PG&E proposed to ramp up… [Read More]
CCAs are here to stay — they have become part of California’s energy community and represent a huge portion of the energy consumed by the state. But with power comes responsibility. It’s past time that they begin living up to that role, and put our shared climate goals – not themselves – first.
California’s regulators are gearing up to conduct a post-mortem into the rolling blackouts that occurred in the state for the first time in two decades last week, affecting hundreds of thousands of customers in the midst of a record-breaking heatwave. The blackouts, which were triggered last Friday and Saturday after the California Independent System Operator (CAISO) declared… [Read More]
On July 1, the Golden State Energy Act, SB 350 (Hill) became law. This is known as “Plan B” and was pushed by many legislators to create a mechanism in which the State of California could step in and take over PG&E in case the Company failed to emerge from bankruptcy OR fails to operate its… [Read More]
The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) adopted a framework on Thursday that would designate Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) and Southern California Edison (SCE) as the central procurement entities to ensure local resource adequacy (RA). The central procurement framework would go into place in 2021, with the investor-owned utilities purchasing the entire amount of required local resource… [Read More]
As a wave of local governments in California roll out policies that promote the electrification of buildings, the state’s energy regulators have been saddled with a complicated task: planning for the future of its natural gas system. Gas utilities service more than 11 million customers in California, the majority of which are in the Southern… [Read More]
PG&E would be replaced by a non-profit company called Golden State Energy if the disgraced utility operates unsafely and causes more catastrophes such as wildfires or explosions, under the provisions of a proposed state bill to be debated before a legislative panel Thursday. The legislation, SB 350, is wending its way through the state Legislature… [Read More]