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Not all participants in PG&E's reorganization process are happy with the final result and the way the proceeding unfolded. A prominent advocate for wildfire victims who was active in the case says the reorganization process gives preference to the short-term financial interests of utilit…

The chilling and horrific accounts of deaths from the Camp Fire in Butte County recounted in court this week drove home the point that preventing such a horrible tragedy from occurring ever again should be a priority for anybody involved with utility system planning, operation and regulation…

The board of Riverside Public Utilities this week approved an audit of about 10 years of contracts authorized through the Southern California Public Power Authority, an investigation one former RPU employee says could bring to light long-running misappropriation of funds and other irregulari…

The reorganization plan of Pacific Gas & Electric, set to be approved in a few weeks, is a highly complex affair, including multiple funds, funding sources and beneficiaries that are being hashed out in a massive case with many moving parts and billions of dollars at stake. This edition …

A strong and irritating stench near the Aliso Canyon natural gas storage field earlier this month has once again pitted local residents against Southern California Gas Co., which says there were no leaks from its facility. But Porter Ranch residents are convinced that the irritating odor is …

Michael Moore's new documentary on the renewable-energy industry, "Planet of the Humans," is a skillful and passionate work of film that raises tough questions about the renewables industry, but eventually drifts into a wider anti-capitalist and neo-Malthusian message that humans are a scour…

As California moves toward a 100-percent clean power supply, the rapid growth of wind and solar power has many people wondering how a modern, 24-7 society will still have reliable power. After all, wind and solar are only available when the wind is blowing and the sun is shining. 

After decades in the slow lane, California's automobile manufacturing market is accelerating with the advent of the electric vehicle, but EV implementation is not without twists and turns as the California Public Utilities Commission lays out plans for how billions of dollars will be investe…

California's retail electricity rates are high. However, some argue it's not about rates but the bills that electricity customers pay, and the Golden State isn't doing so bad in that department. Coloring the conversation is the fact that energy-efficiency measures, weather, usage and income …

One of two office spaces of MCE Community Choice Energy, more than a decade after it was the first community choice aggregator to be formed, is nestled into downtown San Rafael, a city of about 60,000 residents in the North Bay region of the San Francisco Bay Area. A visit to the office by C…

Safety practices at investor-owned utilities in California were supposed to have a stronger link to the salaries of their top executives with the passage of AB 1054, wildfire-utility legislation that passed last year. But the plans filed by IOUs with the California Public Utilities Commissio…

Assm. Chris Holden (D-Pasadena) opened a Jan. 22 hearing in Sacramento with a rather grave assessment of the state of California electricity service, mentioning projected capacity shortfalls, high retail rates, power shut-offs and the bankruptcy of Pacific Gas & Electric.

A state legislator representing Oakland, along with other Democrats, introduced California's "Green New Deal"—a bill that would accelerate the state's efforts to combat climate change and link those efforts to a sweeping set of reforms tackling some of society's most difficult and long-lasti…

Going into 2020, a need for flexible power resources to ramp up the grid each day as solar generation wanes is largely confined to California, but it is a challenge that will expand across North America over the next decade, according to the entity responsible for the reliability of the bulk…

The public-safety power shut-offs have ended, but the nights are still long . . . and so we present our annual tradition of energy-themed carols to help see everyone through. NewsData will be closed the week of Dec. 23 through Dec. 27, and we will resume our usual publishing schedule the wee…

The finding Oct. 24 that a Pacific Gas & Electric transmission tower might be the source of yet another disastrous wildfire, coupled with serious fires in Southern California, made for a brutal week for grid users and utilities, who were already in the grip of a widespread public-safety …

The outrage expressed by Gov. Gavin Newsom over Pacific Gas & Electric's widespread power shut-off last week in Northern California, as well as the response from the state's top energy regulator, showed a curious reaction and allocation of blame for a state-government-approved event that…

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times for two natural gas-fired power plants in Yuba City, a working-class city with about 65,000 residents in the northern Central Valley.

In the wake of marches around the globe for action on climate change, Gov. Gavin Newsom took to a national stage to spread the word about California's climate success story. But a closer look at some of his victory pronouncements reveals a much more chaotic situation on the ground than his c…

Climate change—for years a focus in California—is shaping up to be a central theme in a U.S. presidential election for the first time and was the topic this week of a grueling seven-hour public town hall on the CNN television network among Democratic candidates.

As excited as energy storage developers are about new prospects as a result of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s Feb. 15 energy storage rule , it will now fall to grid operators around the country to craft their own tariffs allowing storage to participate in wholesale markets.

Leadership of the Los Angeles Department of Water & Power drew a strong backlash this week over a decision to delay approval of a 25-year power-purchase agreement with a commitment of up to $1.5 billion to replace natural gas-fired power plants with a massive solar/battery storage project.

California offshore waters are known for surfers, sea lions and big waves, not ocean-bound wind turbines, but anticipation is high as a new leasing process for offshore sites by the federal government begins next year.