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California Energy Markets
This Week in California Energy Markets
Updated: June 16, 2017
  • CPUC Adopts Gas Leak Abatement and Reporting Program...
  • Legislature Initiates Climate Policy Hearings, Asks CARB to Slow Down...
  • Contra Costa, Alameda Counties Going Separate Ways on CCA...
...More
Taking a Look at Solar Price Dispersion in the U.S.
Updated: June 16, 2017
Prices for solar-photovoltaic systems have dropped 50 percent since 2009, which has helped drive a nearly sixfold increase in residential and nonresidential installed solar capacity in the U.S. But that doesn't mean everyone is paying the same lower prices.
Clearing Up
This Week in Clearing Up
Updated: June 16, 2017
  • BPA Draft ROD: 5.5-Percent Power Rate Hike; Spill Surcharge Proposal Coming...
  • Privatizing Grid a Bad Idea, McCullough Report Says...
  • Avista Proposes Spreading Idaho Rate Increase Over Two Years...
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Are Ratemaking Changes in Store in California?
Updated: June 16, 2017
A fundamental piece of any rate-setting proceeding before regulators is the utility's authorized rates of return. A recent white paper from the California PUC staff calls for a hard look at the mechanism the commission uses to set these, after it found that the actual rates of return were often higher. The goals of the commission, the authors say, are to authorize a return high enough to attract investor capital on the one hand, and low enough to minimize ratepayer's costs on the other. The question they pose is, "What is a fair return that reasonably balances and optimizes these offsetting goals?"
Western Price Survey
Extreme Heat Ignites Power Values
Updated: June 16, 2017
An extreme temperature swing forecast across the West prompted an equally extreme reaction from power prices at the end of trading June 16.

      


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