Topic: Utility

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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Newsom in Middle of an Intense Battle Over Solar Regulation

Gov. Gavin Newsom is the man in the middle of an intense battle over payments to rooftop solar panel owners for their excess power. In December, the California Public Utilities Commission released a 204-page proposal to reduce the payments to solar panel owners, largely embracing...
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Big CA Utilities Winning Battle Over Solar Power

The California Public Utilities Commission probably will side with major utilities by reducing payments to owners of rooftop solar systems for their excess power. Read more here.
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California Proposes Reducing Incentives for Customer On-Site Solar

California regulators on December 13 proposed significant changes to the state’s solar incentive program. The new policy would reduce payments granted to solar customers for the excess power they generate and export out to the grid via “Net Energy Metering” and also add monthly charges...
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Three community choice aggregators (CCA) issue $2B in bonds to pay upfront for 450 MW of solar power over 30 years

Under the arrangement, for-profit energy providers will use bond funds to provide CCAs a discount on their electricity thanks to the difference in taxable and tax-exempt rates. https://www.utilitydive.com/news/california-nonprofits-issue-2-billion-in-bonds-to-buy-30-years-of-renewabl/611057/
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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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Who Will Pay for Legacy Natural Gas Utility Costs?

UC Berkeley economics and energy researchers studied the growing “electrify everything” movement, which aims to transition utility customers from natural gas toward electricity. As regulated monopolies, natural gas utility distribution companies recover fixed costs by spreading fees across their customer base. Researchers found that utilities...
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Record High Wildfire Threats Force Cal. to Pick When & Where to Fight Utilities

Record wildfire threats like winds, drought, and heat take the wildfire fight much farther that utilities, forcing California to pick when and where to fight utilities. Since 2017, California has had 13 of its 20 most destructive fires , seven of its 20 deadliest fires , average temperature is...
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