Increasing electrification could reduce U.S. energy system costs by nearly $800 billion through reduction of fuel and operational expenditures in the building, transportation and industrial sectors, but overall savings will depend heavily on the pace of technological developments, according …

The Silicon Valley Clean Energy board of directors on Jan. 21 approved the community choice aggregator's Building Decarbonization Joint Action Plan, which it says "defines a set of prioritized actions for the agency and its members to reduce carbon pollution from buildings."

Commercial and industrial customers in California are using microgrids to reach higher degrees of energy autonomy—increasingly with simpler, "prepackaged " microgrids—as developers tout the benefits of cleaner fuels and advanced technology that allows unprecedented levels of energy management.

The iconic calling card of the West's largest coal-fired power plant, a trio of 775-foot smokestacks that loomed over the desert just north of the Grand Canyon near Page, Arizona, fell to the ground after a series of blasts on Dec. 18. The demolition, though expected as part of decommissioni…

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The year 2020 has been a difficult one for society and the economy, and the energy industry in California and the Southwest is no exception. The top 10 energy-related stories of 2020 in the Golden State and throughout the Southwest reflect many of the challenges that 2020 brought, although n…

Scientists at national laboratories and an industry research institute are studying potential weaknesses of spent-fuel storage casks currently in use at the nation's nuclear power plants, with the expectation that they could be in service at the plants longer than originally anticipated.

Toyota Motor North America announced Dec. 10 that the first two fuel-cell electric heavy-duty Class 8 trucks built under the Zero and Near Zero Emissions Freight Forwarding project using its technology are ready for delivery to customers at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach.

Five Orange County cities began to work toward procuring their own electricity with the inaugural meeting of the Orange County Power Authority Dec. 16.

The California Independent System Operator said Dec. 9 it is pausing amending its Business Practice Manual for Reliability Requirements until Aug. 1, 2021, according to the written decision of the grid operator's executive appeals committee.

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Energy officials in California are trying to help make the state's aging natural gas-fired power plants more efficient, but some industry experts at a workshop this week questioned whether investing in the gas plant fleet, which is expected to generate less power over the coming decades, is …

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A "comprehensive reform" of resource-adequacy practices, dealing with increased generation variability, and integrating new technologies are the main goals outlined in the California Independent System Operator's three-year roadmap, the grid operator said.

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The continental United States is well-prepared for its winter heating needs with 3,920 Bcf of natural gas in storage, which is the third-greatest amount recorded at the end of a storage season and the greatest amount since 2016, when there was 3,977 Bcf in storage, according to the U.S. Ener…

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Two large California investor-owned utility holding companies joined forces with 26 other companies and carmakers to form a new trade association to lobby for 100-percent zero-emission vehicle sales in the U.S. by 2030.

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The California Department of Transportation plans a six-month pilot program to gather information on alternatives to the per-gallon gasoline tax that currently funds 80 percent of California's road and highway maintenance and repair. California leads the nation in fuel-efficient and zero-emi…

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Sempra Energy subsidiaries moved forward with the construction of a liquefied natural gas export facility in Baja California, Mexico, designed to move Western natural gas to markets in Mexico and the Pacific, with a final investment decision on the project announced Nov. 17.

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Voters in California and across the Southwest voted Nov. 3 on a series of energy-related ballot measures and elected offices. Berkeley, Calif. residents rejected increasing taxes to fund a Climate Action Equity Fund while the neighboring town of Albany did the opposite. Long Beach voters app…

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Mary Nichols, Chair of the California Air Resources Board, discussed her pending departure Nov. 4 with participants in a joint meeting of CARB, the California Transportation Commission, and the California Department of Housing and Community Development.

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A trio of state agencies have one mammoth task in addition to their routine duties: finding solutions for climate change, housing, and transportation. But some stakeholders are frustrated that there is more talk than action on those issues.

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The California Independent System Operator on Nov. 6 announced a reorganization of its executive level leadership structure that will bring several key functions together under the newly-created position of senior vice president and chief operating officer. Mark Rothleder, currently CAISO’s …

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Pacific Gas & Electric and San Diego Gas & Electric both conducted public-safety power shut-offs this week due to elevated wildfire conditions, although virtually all customers had been restored as of Oct. 28.

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A distribution line owned by Pacific Gas & Electric experienced a "last gasp" event on the day the deadly Zogg Fire started and near the origin of the fire, according to an Oct. 26 filing from PG&E to the utility's felony probation judge. But PG&E has not determined what role, if…

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California Resources Corp. announced Oct. 27 that it had successfully completed financial restructuring and is moving forward with a new board of directors and new common stock.

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Geothermal, demand-side management and distributed resource integration will be critical to achieving California's greenhouse gas-reduction and renewable-energy targets for 2030 and 2045 as required by 2019's SB 100, panelists said during an Oct. 20 discussion on flexible zero-emission resou…