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[CEM 1484 / April 20, 2018]

Wildfire Safety Bill Sparks Fears of Unchecked Utility Spending

The Senate Energy, Utilities and Communications Committee on April 17 passed a pair of bills from Sen. Bill Dodd designed to mitigate the risk of catastrophic wildfires. The first, SB 901, passed easily, but critics blasted the second, SB 1088, which passed only after Dodd committed to reworking language.

CPUC Proposed Decision Would Approve Energy-Efficiency Business Plans

A proposed decision issued by the California Public Utilities Commission approves energy-efficiency business plans pitched by four investor-owned utilities, three regional energy networks and one community choice aggregator for the 2018-2025 period. However, the commission opted to reject the utilities’ 2018 budgets due to concerns that they would not prove to be cost-effective. Program administrators would be required to file annual advice letters detailing budgets for their programs.

CAISO Begins Study to Increase California-Northwest Transfer Capability

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As part of future transmission planning activities, the California Independent System Operator is undertaking a study on how it can bolster the transfer of low-carbon electricity by further tapping into Northwest hydropower while also dispersing a growing amount of solar on the grid. The study is a coordinated effort between CAISO and Northwest entities to assess potential options for the phase-out of the Aliso Canyon natural gas storage facility.

Also In California Energy Markets This Week . . .

  • CPUC Safety Division Critiques PG&E RAMP Filing
  • Northwest: Popular Washington EV Tax Break to End Early
  • Potomac: Interior Approves Two Gateway West Segments
  • Insurance Companies Join PG&E Lawsuit

       ...And Much More!

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