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U.S. District Judge James Donato on Sept. 10 laid out a process to determine how much money Pacific Gas & Electric owes victims of the 2017 and 2018 wildfires, one day after the investor-owned utility submitted a reorganization plan that sets aside nearly $18 billion for wildfire-related…

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The Los Angeles Department of Water & Power on Sept. 10 approved power-purchase agreements that will move forward development of a sprawling new desert solar facility with up to 375 MW of solar and 1,200 MWh of energy storage in Kern County.

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Governments throughout the greater San Diego are holding discussions and taking votes toward offering customers energy via the community choice aggregation model, but environmental and labor interests are already leveling criticism at the plan.

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Higher output from hydroelectric, wind and solar resources pushed down the cost of serving wholesale load in the California Independent System Operator area by 11 percent in the second quarter, compared with the second quarter of last year, CAISO's Department of Market Monitoring said.

A San Diego-based activist organization on Aug. 30 filed suit against Southern California Edison, Holtec International and the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, seeking to halt the continued storage of spent nuclear fuel on-site at the shuttered San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station. The s…

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Operators of the Western Energy Imbalance Market are working on two large and complicated issues for the expanding regional market: whether increasing levels of "wheel-throughs" should be compensated, and how to mitigate market power that could be exercised during times of tight supply.

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Pacific Gas & Electric intends to file a reorganization plan by Sept. 9, the company told a bankruptcy court on Aug. 12 as the court heard testimony from competing factions in the case.

San Jose Clean Energy signed its first long-term power-purchase agreement Aug. 7 with Houston-based EDP Renewables North America for 100 MW of solar capacity and 10 MW of battery storage.

California faces a quandary as natural gas-fired power plants that are critical for maintaining reliability are not making adequate energy-market profits, setting up a situation where generation becomes uneconomic even when needed—a dynamic of which natural gas-related interests are well aware.

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Lawyers for Pacific Gas & Electric accused a group of its bondholders of attempting to “hijack” its bankruptcy by proposing a reorganization plan for the company.

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The recent passage of sweeping new utility wildfire liability legislation—which some say favors shareholders over ratepayers—marks the first time that ratepayer dollars have been specifically allotted to pay for future wildfires, guaranteeing that retail rates will rise, panelists at an indu…

Southern California Edison said July 15 it intends to resume spent nuclear fuel transfer operations at the shuttered San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station, following “rigorous regulatory, internal and third-party readiness and operational reviews.”

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Gov. Gavin Newsom on July 12 signed into law legislation creating a fund to pay wildfire liability costs that was lauded by lawmakers as a step forward, but drew criticism from some quarters as a hastily approved utility “bailout.”

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U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Dennis Montali allowed Pacific Gas & Electric to set aside $50 million as liability insurance for CEO Bill Johnson, company executives and its new crop of board directors, despite expressing mixed feelings about the proposal at a July 9 hearing.

The caricature of the California Forty-Niner is of a wizened, scruffy guy with a catchphrase of “There’s gold in them thar hills.” And indeed there is a new gold rush across California’s hills and plains, where wind turbines and solar panels can be sited in order to extract gold from them th…

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A formidable jump in the price of natural gas in the California Independent System Operator territory in the first quarter drove up the cost to serve wholesale load by 43 percent compared with the first quarter last year, CAISO’s market monitor said in a new report.

Investor-owned utilities in a series of July 1 filings urged the California Public Utilities Commission to take a cautious approach in its effort to reduce customer service disconnections for nonpayment, noting that certain proposals could lead to increased bills for their customers.

The Los Angeles Department of Water & Power is considering a contract for a new Kern County project that, if approved, would be the largest solar-plus-battery-storage project in the United States. The proposed 200-MW Eland Solar & Storage Center is a two-phase project that intends to…