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The challenges of integrating renewable energy and procuring power on a rapidly changing electricity grid were the topic of a panel discussion at the Solar, Storage and Smart Energy Expo in San Francisco on Jan. 17, with one representative of the California Independent System Operator saying…

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The State of California on Jan. 17 filed suit against the U.S. Bureau of Land Management in federal court, disputing BLM's environmental review that would open more than a million acres of public land in Central California to oil and natural gas drilling—including hydraulic fracturing, or fr…

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Pacific Gas & Electric has been granted eminent domain across a section of a privately owned Calistoga vineyard, which will allow the utility to install equipment it contends is needed to augment natural gas supplies during pipeline repairs and to address increasing customer demand.

Annual greenhouse gas emissions from California's electricity sector have declined about 40 percent over the past decade, but imports have been the biggest contributor to the reductions, according to a new report from the Legislative Analyst's Office.

The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation on Jan. 14 released the Central Valley Project Final Cost Allocation Study, ending years of uncertainty regarding the costs of both water and power for its users. The report will likely reshape obligations owed the federal government by agricultural, industrial…

Ormat Technologies Inc. signed 10-year power-purchase agreements with two California community choice aggregators for a new geothermal project to be constructed in Mammoth Lakes.

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The flip of the calendar to a new year brought to a close a turbulent 12 months in California energy that demonstrated more than ever the prominent nexus between utility regulation and the safety and welfare of the public. The 2019 chapter of the story didn't go so well for users of the grid…

After the first manual measurement of the Sierra Nevada snowpack for 2020, conducted Jan. 2, the California Department of Water Resources said the accumulation level is "good," but just below normal for this time of year.

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U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Dennis Montali at a hearing on Dec. 17 approved two large Pacific Gas & Electric proposed settlement agreements—one with wildfire victims for $13.5 billion and the other with insurance claim holders for $11 billion. The judge's approval decreases the chances that a …

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The total estimated cost to serve electric load in the California Independent System Operator dropped by 44 percent compared with the same period a year ago, to $2.5 billion, pushed by low and stable natural gas prices, lower electric loads and other factors, CAISO's market monitor said in a…

The Los Angeles Department of Water & Power plans to replace the last remaining coal-fired generation in its portfolio, the Intermountain Power Project in Utah, with a power plant that will run on a blend of 30 percent hydrogen and natural gas when it opens in 2025.

Glendale Water & Power is using battery storage to supplement its natural gas peaker unit and plans to continue supporting energy storage as a key part of its portfolio.

Fuel loading at the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station was not affected by a recent request from a watchdog group that filed a temporary injunction intended to again halt loading of spent fuel into dry-cask storage at the facility, a spokesman for Southern California Edison, the plant's o…

U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Dennis Montali on Nov. 27 denied Pacific Gas & Electric's request to not apply California's inverse-condemnation liability doctrine to the utility's role in the 2015, 2017 and 2018 Northern California wildfires. But Montali left the door open for PG&E to appeal …

The agency formerly known as the San Diego Regional Community Choice Energy Joint Powers Authority now has a more succinct name, thanks to community input.

Pacific Gas & Electric has made it "impossible" to move forward with building a large battery energy storage project that the utility previously agreed to pull power from starting in 2020, according to the storage facility's developer, which said it is now forced to scuttle the project.

Four Bay Area energy agencies on Nov. 5 issued a joint request for proposals designed to address the needs of economically and medically vulnerable residents, as well as enable the agencies to meet their resource-adequacy needs.

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California utilities were restoring power to hundreds of thousands of customer accounts Oct. 31, after another week of high winds, power outages and wildfires sent residents scrambling and led to a step-up in response efforts from state officials. Pacific Gas & Electric also disclosed it…

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Liabilities from the Kincade Fire could destabilize Pacific Gas & Electric's precarious financial condition, introduce a new group of creditors into its bankruptcy proceeding, violate its five-year criminal probation and lead to regulatory consequences, according to experts.

San Francisco Superior Court Judge Teri Jackson moved closer to potentially issuing a gag order on representatives of wildfire victims and Pacific Gas & Electric in the Tubbs Fire jury trial that is scheduled to start Jan. 7. Also, a motion filed by victims' lawyers on Oct. 17 alleged th…