California’s dilemma: How to control skyrocketing electric rates while building the grid of the future

New ideas include income-based rates, publicly-funded infrastructure, utility entrepreneurship, and customer-funded wildfire insurance.   California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) President Marybel Batjer says the state will not let skyrocketing electricity rates threaten reliability or the state’s policy goals. But affordability is a growing concern as California works toward a “future grid” and a dynamic new power system to meet the...

Demand Response for Everyone

As you know, Demand Response plays a vital role in supporting cleaner and more reliable electricity across California as our grid evolves. Previously, schools with backup generators were not eligible to enroll these assets in Demand Response. However, with recent updates, we believe that the vast majority of school, college and other public agencies facilities on the PG&E, SoCal Edison,...

SPURR UV-C Disinfection Webinar Presented by Rexel Energy Solutions & R-Zero

Schools are evaluating new protocols to keep their indoor environment, students, and staff safe from pathogens. UV-C disinfection is an alternative to other disinfection regimes, such as spraying that have their own costs and dangers. R-Zero’s Arc has been shown in studies to kill 99.99% of pathogens and can disinfect a 1,000 square foot room in seven minutes. Low touch...

March Public Workshop by CPUC on PG&E and SDG&E Preventive Power Shutoffs

The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) will host a public workshop on the operations and performance of Pacific Gas & Electric, San Diego Gas & Electric and another utility company during 2020 preventive power shutoffs, also known as Public Safety Power Shutoffs (PSPS). At this workshop, each utility will provide information on their 2020 PSPS performance, including lessons learned and...

Important Update: Changes to Solar Net Energy Metering (NEM) Rules

If is considering commencing any solar energy projects in the next two years, please review this status report regarding impending revisions to net energy metering (NEM) rules. Executive Summary: Anyone planning new solar should strongly consider submitting interconnection applications prior to November 2021, to secure 20 years of grandfathering under current NEM rules that are more solar-friendly than the rules to...

The Texas Power Crisis

A recent article regarding the February 2021 Texas electricity crisis of makes some interesting points about Texas that are pertinent to California. The article is “The Texas Power Crisis, New Home Construction, and Electric Heating,” 2/22/2021, by Lucas Davis, a Professor at the Haas School of Business, UC Berkeley, https://energyathaas.wordpress.com/2021/02/22/the-texas-power-crisis-new-home-construction-and-electric-heating/ Professor Davis points out that Texas has massively increased new home...

Demand Response – Is it for you? (SPURR DR Series Follow Up)

Demand Response plays a vital role in supporting cleaner and more reliable electricity across California as our grid evolves. It also represents both savings and revenue opportunities for facilities that can participate. We hope you learned something from our email series that highlighted the main benefits and common misconceptions involving Demand Response.Still wondering whether it’s for you? Take our survey below or...

School Districts Investigate “Community Wi-Fi” to Improve Access

School districts and cities are laying down the fiber cable and installing Wi-Fi access points, complete with modems and routers on light poles and traffic lights. Some are even becoming internet service providers themselves (ISP) — efforts, they say, that will make it easier to provide internet access to those who can’t afford it. Learn more: California schools build local...

Wildfires led to PG&E bankruptcy and increased rates. Should customers of other utilities be worried?

In early 2019, PG&E filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy after fires caused by its powerlines burned hundreds of thousands of acres in Northern California and led to more than 100 deaths. It paid out $25.5 billion to resolve its fire-related liabilities, and expects to spend $11.7 billion on strategies to mitigate wildfire risk. And now, PG&E’s equipment is once again...