Sen. Jerry Hill (D-San Mateo) on Feb. 19 introduced SB 1139, a bill that would prevent utilities from taking tax deductions on expenses incurred from safety-violation penalties issued by state regulators. Read More

Devil's Canyon Brewing Company, a small craft brewery based in San Carlos, is using CiCi—a plug-and-play carbon-capture technology from Austin-based Earthly Labs—to capture as much as 100,000 pounds of expended carbon dioxide a year, which it is reusing to carbonate and package beer. Read More

State energy regulators approved a new community solar program proposed by the Sacramento Municipal Utility District that environmentalists and residential solar developers strongly opposed as a slippery slope that will lead to more requests for exemptions from the rooftop-solar mandate. Read More

The California Public Utilities Commission on Feb. 3 opened its new biomethane incentive reservation system, which makes roughly $32 million in incentive funding available for biomethane interconnection projects in the state until the funds are depleted or until Dec. 31, 2026, whichever come… Read More

California Independent System Operator CEO Steve Berberich is retiring after nearly a decade in the position, CAISO said in a Feb. 19 news release. The CAISO Board of Governors has begun a nationwide search for his successor. Read More

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said former Pacific Gas & Electric lawyer and U.S. Army Colonel John Busterud was named regional administrator for Region 9, which covers California, Arizona, Hawaii, Nevada, U.S. territories in the Pacific Ocean, and 148 federally recognized tribes. Read More