Pacific Gas & Electric's electric transmission lines caused the October 2019 Kincade Fire in Sonoma County that burned nearly 78,000 acres, destroyed 374 structures and caused four non-life-threatening injuries, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said July 16. Read More

California Resources Corporation, an oil and natural gas exploration and production company that owns the 550-MW Elk Hills Power Plant in Kern County, filed July 15 for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Texas, according to a 294-page f… Read More

Democratic Party candidate for president Joe Biden's climate action plan released this week drew a huge amount of attention, as the man facing off against President Donald Trump in the November election laid out a $2-trillion spending proposal over four years that would radically change Amer… Read More

Renewables curtailments on the California Independent Operator System grid are always a hot summertime topic; however, during the COVID-19 pandemic, conventional demand and energy-use patterns are no longer readily comparable. Read More

The California Public Utilities Commission on July 16 approved a set of utility affordability metrics, and did so in the "nick of time," CPUC President Marybel Batjer said. Tens of thousands of people have enrolled in utility bill support programs over the past year, while COVID-19 continues… Read More

The California Independent System Operator proposed a series of modifications to its resource-adequacy program that it says will ensure more effective procurement of generation capacity to reliably operate the grid at all times of the year. Read More

NV Energy, the Energy Web Foundation and Sparks, Nevada-based Blockchains on July 15 filed an update to the Public Utilities Commission of Nevada regarding a pilot project that would leverage blockchain technology to track portfolio energy credits. PECs allow renewable-energy producers to ea… Read More