San Diego Gas & Electric on Aug. 8 presented its updated wildfire-prevention model to the California Energy Commission, saying the model will focus on artificial intelligence and big data in order to mitigate wildfire risk during periods of high fire danger.

More long-term power-purchase agreements are being signed by California community choice aggregators, with roughly 600 MW in contracts signed in June alone, according to the California Community Choice Association’s latest report, released July 22.

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission upheld its previous granting of an incentive adder to Pacific Gas & Electric for being a member of an independent system operator, again rejecting a challenge by California energy regulators.

Gov. Gavin Newsom on July 11 moved to dismiss the overseer of the state’s oil and gas industry, after reports that the Division of Oil, Gas, and Geothermal Resources head was subject to conflicts of interest.

The California Independent System Operator on July 1 launched its new reliability coordinator service, RC West, becoming the official reliability coordinator for 16 balancing authorities and transmission operators in California and Mexico.

Pacific Gas & Electric said its patrols found five instances of wind-related issues during a de-energization event that it conducted June 8 and 9, including damage to PG&E service drops and a branch in contact with a power line that it had de-energized. 

The Potomac article in CEM No. 1543 erroneously referred to Rep. Scott Peters (D-Calif.) as Rep. Gary Peters.