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]
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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]
With California’s next fire season just a few months away, companies are scrambling to install rooftop solar panels and electricity-storing batteries at customers’ homes to help them keep their food cold and their phones charged during the power shutoffs to come. But with most economic activity shut down due to the COVID-19 pandemic, solar firms… [Read More]
System operators have long relied on reserve generation to supplement basic capacity for meeting system peak demand. A new law and a new regulatory proposal are allowing the state’s three dominant IOUs to remain final backups. But renewable generation’s variable supply and a shifting customer load due to increased adoption of distributed energy resources (DER) demand… [Read More]
California grid operator CAISO has been curtailing renewable energy at record levels this year, as the state’s ever-rising share of solar power during daylight hours increasingly outpaces electricity demand. Adding to its challenges, the grid operator is now contending with falling power demand caused by the coronavirus pandemic. San Francisco Bay Area counties issued a shelter-in-place… [Read More]
Regulators’ push to implement a law requiring microgrid rollouts is being frustrated by the costs of traditional generation and clean energy complexities.
Environmental advocates praised the rulemaking as a timely move, considering the wave of California cities adopting natural gas bans. But Jon Switalski, executive director of Californians for Balanced Energy Solutions, which represents gas users, questioned whether regulators have “carefully considered the costs to society” that would come from treating electrification as a silver bullet.