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California Energy Markets / This Week
[CEM 1407 / October 14, 2016]
Alameda County Forges Ahead With CCA Implementation
After more than a year of evaluation of potential benefits and risks, Alameda County has decided to move ahead with a community choice aggregation program, East Bay Community Energy. County officials have approved a preliminary joint-powers authority agreement, for consideration by the county’s 13 CCA-eligible cities, and about $2.4 million in funding to cover costs associated with JPA formation and program development. They hope to launch the program in about a year.
CPUC Approves SDG&E Transmission Upgrade, More Biomass Procurement
The California Public Utilities Commission at its Oct. 13 business meeting approved San Diego Gas & Electric’s $260 million Sycamore-Peñasquitos 230 kV Transmission Line Project, expected to alleviate bottlenecks during periods of heavy demand and to allow more renewables to flow into the San Diego region. The CPUC also adopted a resolution to boost biomass procurement, albeit with reservations.
CEC Report Cites Progress, Challenges in State’s Energy Transition
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The California Energy Commission’s draft 2016 Integrated Energy Policy Report Update, released Oct. 7, explores the considerable transformation of the Golden State’s energy sector so far this century and recommends nearly four dozen actions to continue advancing state energy and climate policy goals in coming years.
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