Topic: Electricity

2024 PG&E Rate Hikes affect 16M+ Customers

PG&E recently published their rate increases effective January 1, 2024. According to news site KSBW, rates will increase at an average of over $32 per month for roughly 16 million customers across California. The increased funds, reports KSBW, will help “bury 2,100 miles (3,380 kilometers)...
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Biden grants PG&E $1.1 billion to keep Diablo Canyon nuclear plant open

The Biden administration on Monday said it’s providing Pacific Gas & Electric Co. with a $1.1 billion grant to help the company prevent the closure of Diablo Canyon, California’s last nuclear power plant. Diablo Canyon was originally scheduled to be decommissioned in two phases in...
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Wholesale power prices in California spiked in Sep 2022. Why did that happen– and how high did they go?

Lucas Davis, Jeffrey A. Jacobs Distinguished Professor in Business and Technology at the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley, recently revealed insights about the effect of record-breaking summer heat waves on power prices. “The September heat wave was historic, both in...
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SPURR Board Passes Resolution Against PG&E’s Excessive Rate Increases

SPURR’s Board of Directors recently passed Resolution 2022-01 in opposition to PG&E’s proposed rate increases in the utility’s 2023 General Rate Case(GRC). According to GRC documents filed by PG&E in June 2021, PG&E requests the following sample class average rate increases effective January 2023, as...
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Interesting perspective on Ukraine War — ARC Energy Research

Podcast featuring guest Candyce Kelshall, President of the Canadian Association for Security and Intelligence Studies –Vancouver, Adjunct Professor, Buckingham University Centre for Security and Intelligence Studies and Vice Chair at the Canadian Intelligence Network.
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California State Auditor Reports on Electric Utility and Regulatory Agency Failures Related to CA Wildfires

The California State Auditor (CSA) recently issued a report excoriating the Investor Owned Utilities (IOUs), especially PG&E, as well as the state’s “Energy Safety Office,” for failures related to wildfires and to Public Safety Power Shutoffs (PSPS). The report is posted here. https://www.auditor.ca.gov/pdfs/reports/2021-117.pdf Among other...
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CPUC Attempts to Bolster Power Grid Against Potential Extreme Circumstances in 2022, 2023

CPUC instructs PG&E, SCE, SDG&E to collectively procure between 2 GW and 3 GW of additional demand and supply-side resources, expand existing demand response programs by doubling the compensation customers will receive for conserving energy when the grid is strained, and roll out a new...
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Gov. Newsom Suspends Enviro Regs on Power Generation During Grid Strain Events

Twice so far in 2021, Governor Newsom has suspended *all* environmental regulations on CA electricity generators for at least three days at a time. On each of June 17 and July 9, the Governor issued State of Emergency proclamations covering separate “Extreme Heat Events” lasting...
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CA Faces Energy Resources Shortfall

California faces energy resource shortfalls amid extreme heat and drought. On June 27, 2021, the CA grid operator warned that rising temperatures and drought conditions mean there could be resource shortfalls early in the week. “Electricity consumers should be prepared to reduce their consumption,” the...
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