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California’s Existing Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Needs Work

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UC Berkeley studied the existing electric vehicle charging stations and found several problems.  Of 657 public chargers in the Bay Area, 23% were out of order, and an additional 5% were fitted with a cable that couldn’t reach a car.  The study did not look at Tesla charging stations since not all vehicles can charge […]

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SACCWIS Recommends Extending Retirement Dates for OTC Facilities – Again

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The Statewide Advisory Committee on Cooling Water Intake Structures (SACCWIS), which is composed of the CAISO, CCEC, and CPUC – filed a draft report to the State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) this week (9/20) recommending that the OTC facilities slated for retirement remain on-line for an additional 3 and 5 years.  Specifically, the report […]

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Newsom Signs Climate Package

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As we had previously reported and expected Governor Gavin Newsom this week signed his climate package of bills which he proposed late in the legislative session, and a number of other climate bills that had been part of our tracking list this session.  The new laws will now require the state to become carbon-neutral by […]

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California Sets Power Usage Record as Historic Heatwave Wanes

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California faced one of the most prolonged heatwaves in its history.  All-time record temperatures up and down the state made it difficult for Californians to stay cool and the power to stay on.  The result of the oppressive heat led to Governor Gavin Newsom calling for an emergency proclamation to address the ten-day power crisis. […]

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California Narrowly Avoids Blackouts as Record Heat Blisters Golden State

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A record-breaking heat storm is hitting California and for seven (7) consecutive days, the California Independent System Operator (CAISO) has called a “Flex Alert.”  The Alerts have been in effect daily since September 1, during the peak electricity consumption hours from 4:00 PM to 9:00 PM.  The hope is that Californians state-wide will reduce their energy […]

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California Heat Storm Could Trigger Blackouts Tuesday Afternoon and Evening (September 6)

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A heat storm is hitting California and for five (6) consecutive days, the California Independent System Operator (CAISO) has called “Flex Alert.”  The Alert’s have been in effect daily since September 1, during the peak electricity consumption hours, from 4:00 PM to 9:00 PM.  The hope is that Californians state-wide will reduce their energy use while […]

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Flex Alerts Continue as Blistering Temperatures Burn California

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A heat storm is hitting California and for five (5) consecutive days, the California Independent System Operator (CAISO) has called “Flex Alert.” The Alert is in effect today (9/4/2022) from 4:00 PM to 9:00 PM. The hope is that Californians state-wide will reduce their energy use while the Flex Alert is in effect, so that power […]

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Governor Newsom Enjoys Environmental Victories on Last Day of Session – Also Wins on Diablo

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On the final day of the legislative session, Governor Gavin Newsom scored major victories on some of his “5 point climate plan,” including the “lithium valley,” and Diablo.  As for what kind of “horse trading” or favors were afforded for the votes – those will eventually be revealed.  Final Outcomes Codifying the state’s goal to […]

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CAISO Declares Power Emergency

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California Independent System Operator Control Room The California Independent System Operator (CAISO) has issued two separate power deficiency warnings. The CAISO is asking for the conservation of power usage between 4pm and 9pm. CAISO has called a state-wide Flex Alert from 4 pm to 9 pm today due to extreme heat across the State. CAISO […]

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Will All of Newsom’s Climate Pillars and Diablo Survive the Last 3 Days of the Session?

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With three days to go in the session, Governor Gavin Newsom’s “5 point climate plan,” Diablo Canyon’s re-licensing, and the “lithium valley,” now have bill numbers.  Will they all be approved?  What kind of “horse trading” is happening behind the scenes to have at least some of these or all of these survive?  Newsom’s climate […]

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Newsom’s Diablo Proposal Becomes a Bill on Final Day – Can the Governor Get this Approved?

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As we have previously reported, Governor Gavin Newsom called on the Legislature to help keep the PG&E-owned Diablo Canyon nuclear power facility online for 10 more years.  With a few hours to go until the deadline on Sunday, SB 846 finally materialized.  But can he get the votes needed to pass both houses of the […]

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California Bans the Sale of New Internal Combustion Engine Vehicles Beginning in 2035

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The California Air Resources Board (CARB) voted this week to ban the sale of new gas-powered cars and trucks by 2035, a first-in-the-nation mandate the state’s leaders hope will jolt the automotive industry and truly make electric vehicles mainstream. In a statement, Governor Gavin Newsom said, “It’s ambitious, it’s innovative, it’s the action we must […]

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End of the Legislative Session Fun – An Alternative to Diablo

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Strange things tend to happen at the end of the Legislative session – and it seems that 2022 will be one of those years in Energy. As we have reported, Governor Gavin Newsom’s idea to have PG&E relicense the Diablo Canyon nuclear generating station has received a hard reaction from some well-prepared groups.  In a […]

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Newsom Administration Makes Case for Diablo

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The CEC, Governor’s Office, and CAISO presented an update this evening (8/12/2022) on the state of the current electric reliability needs in the face of climate change, supply chain delays, and other factors affecting the online dates of new generation, and energy storage projects, as a means to articulate the role that the Diablo Canyon […]

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California Adopts 25 GW Offshore Wind Goal by 2045

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On Wednesday, the California Energy Commission approved a report establishing a 2 to 5 GW goal for offshore wind power by 2030 and a 25 GW goal by 2045. CEC Chair David Hochschild said, “These ambitious yet achievable goals are an important signal of how committed California is to bringing the offshore wind industry to […]

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Commission Issues Study on Hydrogen Use in California

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Following many delays, the CPUC has finally issued an assessment of the feasibility and safety implications of injecting hydrogen into the natural gas system, and in order to advance its deployment.  The study by UC Riverside represents a critical step in considering renewable hydrogen as a component in California’s statewide decarbonization strategy. The UC Riverside […]

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2019 Legislative Session Concludes

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While the Legislature successfully passed and the Governor signed legislation aimed at guarding against financial harm from wildfires (AB 1054, Holden), some work on this matter may remain in the coming year.

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PG&E and Insurance Companies Announce $11 Billion Deal to Settle Wildfire Claims

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Four days after filing their bankruptcy reorganization plan, PG&E said Friday (9/13) that the company had reached an agreement to settle wildfire claims against the utility for $11 billion, far below the $20 billion the insurers had originally sought in bankruptcy court.

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$18 Billion Bankruptcy Reorganization Plan Filed

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As the Legislature was deciding to put AB 235 on ice, PG&E filed an $18 billion formal reorganization plan in U.S. Bankruptcy Court this week (9/9) that proposes to pay for all wildfire claims.

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PG&E’s Role in Napa Fires for a Jury to Decide

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U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Dennis Montali agreed this week (8/16) to allow a State jury to decide whether PG&E’s equipment ignited the devastating wildfire in California wine country nearly two years ago.

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PG&E to Keep Control of Bankruptcy Plan

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PG&E scored a big victory this week (8/16) as U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Dennis Montali ruled that the utility should hold on to sole rights to develop a Chapter 11 bankruptcy exit plan.

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PG&E Warns of Week-Long Power Shut-offs

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PG&E warned its nearly 16 million customers this week (8/14) that it could shut off electricity in entire cities for up to a week as part of its new fire-prevention safety measures.

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California Emissions Fall Nearly 10%

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In a report released by CARB this week (8/12), the agency said that GHG emissions from California’s electricity sector in 2017 dropped 9% below 2016 levels, but overall emissions in the state fell only 1%.

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Governor Newsom Defends State’s Wildfire Efforts

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Governor Newsom defended California’s wildfire prevention efforts this week (7/31) while criticizing the federal government for not doing enough to help protect the State as it enters the height of fire season after two disastrous years.

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President Picker Departs

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This week, CPUC President Mike Picker presided over his last Commission meeting.

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De-Energization of Powerlines During Dangerous Weather Conditions Approved

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With the support from Governor Newsom and the Legislature, the CPUC this month (5/30/2019) approved allowing utilities to cut off electricity to possibly hundreds of thousands of customers to avoid catastrophic wildfires like the one sparked by power lines last year that killed 85 people and largely destroyed the city of Paradise.

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New Governor, but Old Problems Shape 2019

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Three days after being inaugurated as the 40th Governor of the State of California, Gavin Newsom offered his first budget, which at $209 billion, is $8 billion more than former Governor Brown’s last budget.

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