An aggressive push toward renewable energy has run headlong into anxiety over keeping the lights on in California, where the largest utility is considering whether to try to extend the lifespan of the state’s last operating nuclear power plant.
Faced with a fragile electrical grid and the prospect of summertime blackouts, the state agreed to put aside hundreds of millions of dollars to buy power from plants that are scheduled to shut down as soon as next year. The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers 1245, a labor union, sees the energy package as a… [Read More]
Safe and reliable power is absolutely essential for all Californians, and many of the provisions in AB 205 that support energy reliability will, by nature, support job reliability for IBEW 1245 members.
Hunter Stern, the assistant business manager at IBEW Local 1245, made it clear that they are in favor of solar energy and said they want “more rooftop solar installed by our members, or at least installed by workers making a prevailing wage, all over the state.”
A new rulemaking launched by the California Public Utilities Commission in late June will allow regulators to take a closer look at modernizing the electric grid, in anticipation of a wave of distributed energy resources (DERs) including millions of electric vehicles. The commission intends, through the proceeding, to provide a framework that will allow distributed solar,… [Read More]
San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo recently blamed big bad utilities for recent rate hikes. But San Jose, like other local governments, has overpromised and underdelivered when it comes to community choice aggregators (CCAs). CCAs have grown rapidly, promising cheaper, greener energy, but several now charge higher rates than PG&E. CCAs want to avoid paying for… [Read More]
The new resources are intended to prepare the state for more extreme weather and help replace the 2.2 GW Diablo Canyon nuclear plant, which will be shuttered by 2025, as well as 3.7 GW of natural gas plants that also are slated to retire soon. “This is a landmark decision. I don’t think it’s hyperbole to describe… [Read More]
Over the past few weeks, we have seen an increase in activity and misinformation from opponents of AB 1139, California Solar Equity and Ratepayer Relief legislation, authored by Assemblymember Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego).
When IBEW 1245 member Edward Gill hired on at the Moss Landing Power Plant more than four decades ago, it looked and ran quite differently than it does today. “When I started in ’79, the facility was owned by Pacific Gas and Electric. And operation was a little different, because a lot of the guys… [Read More]
The White House said two areas being eyed for offshore wind could produce up to 4.6 gigawatts of renewable energy, ultimately powering as many as 1.6 million homes. The first, a 399-square-mile swath of ocean known as the Morro Bay 399 Area, lies off California’s central coast and could produce 3 gigawatts. The other, the… [Read More]