The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has granted an exemption to Pacific Gas & Electric Co. that would allow the Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant to continue operating while the agency considers its license renewal application. After evaluating the company’s exemption request, the NRC staff determined that the exemption is authorized by law, will not present undue… [Read More]
IBEW Urges Confirmation of Julie Su as U.S. Secretary of Labor
“Deputy Secretary Su has dedicated her life to the cause of workers’ rights and good middle-class jobs,” IBEW International President Kenneth W. Cooper said. “Like President Biden and outgoing Secretary Walsh, she sees labor unions as key to rebuilding America’s middle class. I know she will bring the dedication and passion she has shown throughout… [Read More]
California regulators find Diablo Canyon nuclear plant needed through 2030 to support grid reliability (via UtilityDive)
The California Energy Commission on Tuesday approved a staff analysis recommending the state pursue extending the operation of the Diablo Canyon Power Plant through 2030 to ensure electricity grid reliability. Officials said they considered data showing California risks energy supply shortfalls during extreme weather events driven by climate change.
Moving PG&E powerlines underground: Is the utility still on track to meet its ambitious goal? (via KCRA News)
Two years have passed since Pacific Gas & Electric Co. announced an ambitious plan to move thousands of miles of its powerlines underground to help reduce the risk of its equipment starting catastrophic wildfires. KCRA 3 has been checking in with the utility giant periodically to see if it has been meeting its goals.
Why America’s outdated energy grid is a climate problem (via CNBC)
Most of the U.S. electric grid was built in the 1960s and 1970s. Today, over 70% of the U.S. electricity grid is more than 25 years old, and that aging system is vulnerable to increasingly intense storms. The electric infrastructure in the U.S. was built to bring energy from where fossil fuels are burned to… [Read More]
Li-Bridge outlines steps for U.S. to double annual lithium battery revenues to $33 billion and provide 100,000 jobs by 2030 (press release)
A public-private alliance, convened by the U.S. Department of Energy and managed by Argonne National Laboratory, released an action plan to accelerate the creation of a robust domestic manufacturing base and supply chain for lithium-based batteries.
Bid to keep California reactors running faces time squeeze (via KCRA)
A state analysis Monday predicted it will take federal regulators until late 2026 to act on an application to extend the operating run of the Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant. The problem is that the plant is scheduled to shut down permanently by mid-2025.
PG&E Corp., Utility Subsidiary Credit Outlook Improves to ‘Positive’ on Wildfire Mitigation Efforts: Moody’s (via UtilityDive)
Moody’s Investors Service upgraded its outlook for PG&E Corp. and its utility subsidiary Pacific Gas & Electric to positive from stable, partly over PG&E’s efforts to reduce the risk of wildfires.
Sunrun, PG&E to Roll Out 30-MW Virtual Power Plant to Support California Grid in the Summer (via UtilityDive)
Solar and battery storage provider Sunrun announced plans on Monday to create a 30-MW virtual power plant by enrolling up to 7,500 existing and new rooftop solar and battery systems in Pacific Gas & Electric’s footprint. Storage systems that enroll in the program will be asked to discharge power to the grid every day between 7 p.m…. [Read More]
Mayor’s message | Scotts Valley crews limit storm damage (via Santa Cruz Sentinel)
Along with other regional representatives, I was invited to tour PG&E’s Santa Cruz County base camp. Committed PG&E workers have been busy dealing with falling trees and utility wires all over the County, including Scotts Valley. PG&E staff, along with tree workers, cleared wires and tree debris from Granite Creek Road in the City when… [Read More]
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