A searing heat wave and worsening drought across the West this week had electricity customers and grid operators holding their breath about grid reliability, but major outages were avoided in California and across the West.
Federal energy regulators gave power sellers that sold power in the California Independent System Operator above a $1,000/MWh price cap during a heat wave last August an additional 30 days to justify their actions, and offered further guidance on how those prices could be justified. Read More
The California Public Utilities Commission's Wildfire Safety Division on July 1 will transfer out of the CPUC to the Office of Energy Infrastructure Safety at the California Natural Resources Agency in Sacramento. The division will become fully independent of the CPUC but will continue its o… Read More
State lawmakers this week expressed frustration with the California Public Utilities Commission on several issues, notably the situation around solar net-metering reform that has become a roiling public debate. Read More
Extreme, record heat across the West triggered demand that pushed power prices to extremes, the most obvious of which was the 6,000-percent leap in Palo Verde daytime power between June 10 and June 17. Read More