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The Los Angeles Department of Water & Power on Jan. 11 said it expects the 350-MW Red Cloud Wind Project in New Mexico to boost its renewable-energy portfolio by 6 percent, pushing the municipal utility's projected mix of renewable resources beyond 40 percent for 2022. Red Cloud, which b…

Pattern Energy on Jan. 6 began commercial operation of four New Mexico wind projects comprising its 1,050-MW Western Spirit Wind suite, the largest single-phase renewable-energy project in U.S. history. The $2-billion project suite, located in central New Mexico, will connect to the Public S…

The U.S. Department of Energy awarded a three-year grant to the Electric Power Research Institute to develop a new, energy-efficient hybrid heat-pump system for residential and commercial buildings, EPRI said Dec. 20. Oak Ridge National Laboratory will work with EPRI on the project, which ai…

MCE in a Dec. 13 news release said the 5-MW, 35-acre Lake Herman Solar Farm in Benicia is now fully operational. The project was developed in partnership with San Francisco-based Renewable Properties and is owned by Greenbacker Renewable Energy Co. It is reportedly serving about 2,000 homes.…

The California Air Resources Board on Dec. 9 voted to terminate the sale of certain gasoline-powered lawn maintenance equipment, portable generators, and other small gas-powered machines this decade to improve air quality for state residents. In 2024, new small generators will need to meet m…

The U.S. Department of the Interior's Bureau of Ocean Energy Management on Dec. 1 held its first public meeting for the draft environmental review of the newly designated Morro Bay Wind Energy Area. Public comment will be used in the agency's preparation of its environmental assessment, whic…

The National Audubon Society and several affiliates are suing Alameda County over its approval of a new 80-MW wind energy facility in Altamont Pass, saying the project had insufficient environmental review and concerns about harm to birds and bats have not been addressed. The suit, filed by …

The State of New Mexico on Nov. 12 released a draft of the Hydrogen Hub Act, a 28-page document designed to guide the state's future hydrogen production, distribution and usage. Among the issues addressed are standards for the composition of hydrogen that consider the carbon intensity of its…

The California Public Utilities Commission's Public Advocates Office on Nov. 10 recommended Pacific Gas & Electric be fined for a public-safety power shut-off event the utility conducted in October that lasted about 36 hours and affected about 1,738 medical-baseline customers. The CPUC s…

Construction is underway on a Kern County-based solar facility that will supply energy to two California community choice aggregators. Leeward Renewable Energy said construction started Nov. 2 on the 100-MW Rabbitbrush Solar Project. The company has power-purchase agreements with Central Coa…

High summer temperatures generated strong financial benefits of $301 million in the Western Energy Imbalance Market in the third quarter, the California Independent System Operator, the market's administrator, said. The third-quarter results bring the cumulative benefits attained in the EIM …

Edward Randolph is stepping down as deputy executive director of energy and climate policy at the California Public Utilities Commission, CPUC Public Information Officer Christopher Chow told California Energy Markets in an Oct. 20 phone interview. Randolph joined the CPUC in 2009 and has ov…

California Public Utilities Commission member Martha Guzman Aceves on Oct. 14 issued an alternate proposed decision that would authorize about $37 million annually for large electric investor-owned utilities to administer the state's Electric Program Investment Charge program through 2025, r…

The California Department of Water Resources requested an increase in the "nonbypassable charge" in the state's wildfire fund to make up for a fund shortage last year. DWR asked the California Public Utilities Commission to order certain investor-owned utilities to increase the charge from $…

Community choice aggregator Peninsula Clean Energy entered into a 15-year solar-plus-storage power-purchase agreement with Leeward Renewables for power from the proposed 102-MW Chaparral Solar Facility in Kern County. The contract approved by PCE's board of directors on Sept. 25 is the CCA's…

The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission on Sept. 22 began accepting bids for renewable-energy supplies intended to serve its low-income CleanPowerSF customers in San Francisco. The request for offers seeks to purchase energy and associated capacity from new renewable energy resources s…

A subsidiary of Germany-based Munich Re is acquiring a 50-percent interest in two of EDF Renewables North America's California solar projects, the companies said in a Sept. 14 news release. The interests are in the under-construction Maverick 6, a 131-MW DC solar system coupled with a 50-MW/…

A self-described grassroots coalition of 347 organizations on Sept. 3 sent an open letter to Gov. Gavin Newsom and the California Public Utilities Commission, asking that the state focus on keeping solar energy affordable. Net-energy metering changes are being considered; however, the group …

Powerful storms knocked out 133 power poles in the Imperial Irrigation District's service territory in Southern California this week. The public utility in a news release reported extensive damage to its major transmission corridors between Calipatria and Niland from an Aug. 31 storm that kn…

A contractor in San Jose on Aug. 25 dug into an 8-inch steel natural gas pipeline owned by Pacific Gas & Electric, forcing hundreds of people to evacuate the area. The San Jose Fire Department created a 900-foot-radius evacuation area around the ruptured pipeline, and no injuries had bee…

U.S. District Judge William Alsup on Aug. 18 ordered Pacific Gas & Electric representatives to answer whether a blown fuse on a PG&E-owned power line could have sparked the ongoing Dixie Fire. PG&E representatives must respond to that question, and numerous others, by Aug. 31. Al…

The Dixie Fire in several counties in Northern California, which Pacific Gas & Electric is under investigation for possibly causing, has burned more than 1,000 structures, which would trigger the next step of the California Public Utilities Commission's six-step enforcement process if PG…

The City of Los Angeles on Aug. 5 delayed a vote on its initiative to move to a 100-percent zero-carbon electric grid by 2035. City Council member Mitch O'Farrell postponed the motion until it could be heard at a special committee meeting in two weeks, according to a news release from Food &…

A group of California community choice aggregators—Central Coast Community Energy, East Bay Community Energy, MCE and Silicon Valley Clean Energy—formed a new joint-powers agency focused on power-purchase financing. The California Community Choice Financing Authority has a goal of reducing p…

Power-line failures and wind speed are the most critical factors in the size of Southern California's largest wildfires, researchers at the U.S. Geological Survey say in a recent study. Jon Keeley, a senior scientist with the USGS, and colleagues analyzed 71 years' worth of daily Santa Ana w…

A landfill-based solar energy project is closer to being fully operational after the installation of a specialized ballast mounting framework designed to meet the site's unique. Solar FlexRack said July 12 that it had installed the technology for Prometheus Power, which built the project on …

The Los Angeles Department of Water & Power on July 7 named Monique Earl to lead its newly created Office of Diversity and Inclusion. As senior assistant general manager, Earl will support the internal and external development and implementation of LADWP's Racial Equity Action Initiative…

The California State Senate on June 28 confirmed Darcie Houck as a member of the California Public Utilities Commission after she was appointed to the position in February by Gov. Gavin Newsom. Previously, Houck worked as chief counsel for the California Energy Commission and as an administr…

The State Water Resources Control Board is taking public comment on a proposal to extend for another two years the compliance date for once-through-cooling regulations at the natural gas-fired Redondo Beach Generating Station Units 5, 6 and 8. The board in September extended for three years …

Federal energy regulators gave power sellers that sold power in the California Independent System Operator above a $1,000/MWh price cap during a heat wave last August an additional 30 days to justify their actions, and offered further guidance on how those prices could be justified.

The California Public Utilities Commission's Wildfire Safety Division on July 1 will transfer out of the CPUC to the Office of Energy Infrastructure Safety at the California Natural Resources Agency in Sacramento. The division will become fully independent of the CPUC but will continue its o…

The California Air Resources Board on June 8 opened the state's hybrid and zero-emission truck and bus voucher program, which will supply $165 million this year to California-based businesses to upgrade their vehicle fleets. Half of the program's funds are available now and the other half wi…

Southern California Gas Co. plans to reduce or curtail service to dispatchable electric generators located in its southern system during maintenance work from June 10 through June 16 "or until work is completed," according to ENVOY notices posted May 28 and June 2. It is possible the curtail…

The San Diego City Council after a drawn-out and sometimes tense negotiation process on May 25 approved a 10-year franchise agreement with San Diego Gas & Electric that will allow the utility to install and maintain its electric and natural gas infrastructure within the city's right of way.

PG&E Corp. struck a deal to sell its 32-story terra-cotta headquarters building and adjoining annex in San Francisco to Delaware-based real estate firm Hines Atlas for $800 million, the company said on May 24. PG&E built its headquarters on Market Street in 1923 and has occupied the …

NuScale Power and Prodigy Clean Energy signed a memorandum of understanding May 14 to support business-development opportunities for a marine-based nuclear generating station powered by NuScale's small modular reactor technology. The companies have been working together since 2018 on integra…

The California Independent System Operator appointed two vice presidents May 10, which the grid operator said will complete both its senior management team and its organizational restructuring. Anna McKenna is now vice president of market policy and performance. She has served in that positi…

Wholesale market prices were higher in the California Independent System Operator in the fourth quarter of 2020 compared with the same period a year prior, the Department of Market Monitoring said in a new report. Average five-minute prices were lower than both 15-minute and day-ahead prices…

Sempra Energy is attempting to acquire all outstanding shares of Infraestructura Energética Nova S.A.B de C.V. that it doesn't already own, as it intends to list its shares of common stock on the Mexican stock exchange. The offer, launched April 26, seeks to exchange each outstanding IEnova …

Peninsula Clean Energy is providing $248,000 for 124 new electric-vehicle charging ports to be located in San Mateo County, at the Government Center Parking Structure currently under construction in Redwood City. Although access is intended for county employees, the charging infrastructure c…

Public Service Company of New Mexico is seeking to replace 114 MW of leased capacity at the Palo Verde Generating Station, a nuclear power plant near Phoenix operated by Arizona Public Service, with a combination of solar and storage resources.

The state Senate Environmental Quality Committee on April 12 passed SB 582, which would establish California's first-ever statutory net-negative emissions goal, with a target date of 2035. SB 582, from Sen. Henry Stern (D-Canoga Park), also calls for a "just resilience plan" to drive investm…

The California Energy Commission has proposed a $1-million award to consulting firm Energy and Environmental Economics to develop a plan for decommissioning certain natural gas infrastructure in the state. E3 will identify where gas infrastructure decommissioning is "plausible, economically …

Pacific Gas & Electric is looking for potential buyers for its Hamilton Branch hydropower facilities, the company said in an April 1 news release. The facilities include a small powerhouse and the Mountain Meadows Reservoir, as well as the 4.8-MW Hamilton Branch Powerhouse on Lake Almano…

The Turlock Irrigation District, the Balancing Authority of Northern California, and the Western Area Power Administration's Sierra Nevada Region began participating in the California Independent System Operator's Western Energy Imbalance Market on March 25, one week ahead of schedule.