The Golden State shines within the public sphere for making great strides in decarbonizing its electric grid, but there is an uncomfortable reality underneath the glow—a whole lot of diesel generation is being built.

A few weeks before the fire started, I stood under a dead evergreen tree that leaned toward the power line in my backyard. The tree looked as if it was tired; as if it was ready to find its final resting place below at any moment. Still majestic, the evergreen stood quietly among dead and li…

It's a handful of years from now, and things are going well for you. Years of intensive labor at your beloved vocation, with all the sacrifices that entails, are paying off. The financials at your independent business are great, despite the economic and social ravages of the COVID-19 pandemi…

Six years out from the Butte Fire and three years out from the Camp Fire, many people who have lost their houses due to conflagrations caused by Pacific Gas & Electric equipment have not been compensated. California newspapers are full of accounts of victims still living in trailers, the…

About midafternoon on Aug. 4, I was sitting in Starbucks in Grass Valley getting some work done, with intermittent bouts of scrolling through Twitter as I often do (in a media job, this counts as work, it really does). On a day that was hot, but with a clear blue sky, a tweet from Yubanet Fi…

Battery energy storage is being added at a furious pace in the California Independent System Operator's territory and is already working to meet the evening net peak, the time of tight supply each day that is giving grid operators more and more gray hair as the risk of rolling blackouts looms.

Utilities and regulators are still sorting out how to integrate and regulate microgrids, which are gaining interest across the U.S. to meet reliability and decarbonization goals. But new business models and regulatory constructs will be needed for their integration, according to an expert panel.

The importance of updated methods of transmission planning to meet decarbonization and reliability goals was a hot topic at a recent national gathering of state utility commissioners, with the conversation energized by a renewed push at the federal level for more transmission.

California's electricity grid is already running close to the edge a few weeks into summer, with grid officials raising the alarm over short capacity and dwindling energy import capability—challenges that are shaping up to be in place for years to come.

There is a growing recognition that a great deal of new high-voltage transmission infrastructure will need to be constructed for the United States to meet its carbon-reduction goals, and a new plan issued by President Joe Biden's administration this week holds promise for this expansion to t…

Every month, more than 11 million electricity customers throughout California pay for electricity they cannot use. This fee has been climbing rapidly over the past few years, including yet another 27-percent increase implemented in February here in Southern California. Importantly, these 11 …

That morning, Paul* was driving his Pacific Gas & Electric truck on company business near Paradise when he saw the smoke plume from the beginnings of the Camp Fire. It was between 7 and 7:30 a.m. He grabbed his cell phone and called a co-worker who lived in Paradise.

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Due to an editing error, the original published version of this article omitted several paragraphs related to Pacific Gas & Electric procurement and the growth of community choice aggregators. The story has been updated to include those paragraphs.

About one-third of the demand response that was counted toward California's utility resource-adequacy capacity was not available during the August grid outages, according to a new market-monitoring report that sheds more light on demand-response performance during the events.

The energy information war going in the United States was on full display this week as supporters of various fuel types lobbed rhetorical bombs at each other over the dangerous blackouts that plunged most of Texas into darkness in the depths of February winter. The frigid weather also caused…

Offshore wind development is starting to gain more attention along the West Coast, and with a new clean-energy-friendly administration now in control in Washington, D.C., it only seems a matter of time before some ambitious developer looks at the waters off the Pacific Northwest or Californi…

The year 2020 has been a rough one for many, so NewsData is spreading some holiday cheer with this year's batch of energy-related holiday carols. NewsData will be closed the week of Dec. 28 through Jan. 1, and we will resume our usual publishing schedule the week of Jan. 4. Happy holidays to all!

Elliot Mainzer has a laundry list of challenges ahead of him as he takes the helm of the California Independent System Operator, most notably reforming a resource-adequacy program that has run off the rails a bit in the state, as well as improving the ISO's relationship with state agencies.