U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Dennis Montali on Nov. 4 approved Pacific Gas & Electric's request to delay two large contracts for renewable-energy projects in order to "benefit the utility's estate."
Pacific Gas & Electric must answer a series of questions about its late-October public-safety power shut-offs and maintenance of its equipment after a Nov. 4 order by the federal judge overseeing the utility's felony probation case.
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.
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…
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.
Lawyers for Pacific Gas & Electric at a court conference on Oct. 28 said the bankrupt utility supports a plan to extend the claims deadline for wildfire victims from Oct. 21 to a December date to be agreed upon by involved parties.
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…
Discussion of community choice energy and the formation of a joint-powers authority has long been on the agendas of government bodies throughout the greater San Diego area.
California's community choice aggregators continue moving forward with resilience-related energy projects designed to provide solutions in emergency situations, and timing for the effort couldn't be better.
California's natural gas industry is "under existential threat," but should be seen as integral to helping the state advance its energy and environmental mandates, Jon Switalski of Californians for Balanced Energy Solutions said during a recent webinar.
A transmission line owned by Pacific Gas & Electric is being eyed as a possible cause of a devastating wildfire in Sonoma County that broke out Oct. 23, despite the utility conducting a public-safety power shut-off at the time—the latest complication in the state's effort to protect its …
U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Dennis Montali heard directly from wildfire survivors, ratepayers and shareholders who are being affected by Pacific Gas & Electric's prolonged bankruptcy in a series of letters filed to the court docket on Oct. 24.
The federal judge responsible for ensuring Pacific Gas & Electric accurately estimates how much it owes its wildfire victims is concerned that PG&E did not do enough to help victims complete their claims by the filing deadline, which passed on Oct. 21.
California is a leader in implementing low-carbon strategies in different areas of planning, but has failed on the issue of inclusion, Gov. Gavin Newsom said.
San Jose Clean Energy said Oct. 22 it will build 1,500 new electric-vehicle charging stations over the next four years in its service territory, nearly doubling its current station count.
As the deadline looms to file claims in Pacific Gas & Electric's bankruptcy case, attorneys for Northern California wildfire victims are concerned that misconceptions and misinformation are preventing many survivors from submitting claims for their losses against the bankrupt utility.
The Los Angeles Fire Department is investigating a transmission tower owned and operated by Southern California Edison as the possible source of ignition of last week's Saddleridge Fire, LAFD Fire Captain Erik Scott told California Energy Markets. The fire was 68 percent contained as of Oct.…
A new law signed Oct. 12 by Gov. Gavin Newsom prohibits state agencies from allowing any gas or oil infrastructure development on state lands, a measure aimed at stymieing fossil-fuel extraction on adjoining federal lands. The bill was part of a wider package of energy bills signed by the go…
Two new AES generation facilities nested within existing Southland power plants recently started the commissioning process, and with it came a barrage of community complaints as well as some emissions violations.
GE Power is proceeding with the sale of its 375-MW Inland Empire Energy Center in Riverside County and is working with The Branford Group and Chain Asset Management Solutions on finding a buyer.
Google said it plans to invest roughly $150 million in renewable-energy projects located in its key manufacturing regions, but provided no details on which technologies the company will be investing in or where in the world the projects might be sited.
Pacific Gas & Electric was still restoring power Oct. 11 to more than 800,000 electricity customers it shut off due to high-fire-risk conditions, increasing public rage against an already unpopular utility and bringing regular daily life to a halt across a large swath of Northern California.
Pacific Gas & Electric lost its exclusive right to file a reorganization plan in its bankruptcy proceeding after the judge overseeing its restructuring process issued an Oct. 9 order allowing the company's bondholders to move forward with their own competing proposal.
U.S. District Judge James Donato on Oct. 7 asked lawyers for both Pacific Gas & Electric and wildfire victims to put their differences aside and find a "middle way" toward "a reasonable and probable" wildfire cost estimate.
A newly approved power-purchase agreement will provide Clean Power Alliance with 300 MW of wind-generated capacity that will help the community choice aggregator meet its SB 100 goals earlier and decrease customer rates.
Pacific Gas & Electric's equipment likely contributed to nine fires in 2019, two of which were caused by surrounding vegetation, the utility said in an Oct. 1 court filing.
San Francisco Superior Court Judge Teri Jackson is considering issuing a gag order in the Tubbs Fire case in order for "both sides to receive a fair trial."
A newly released framework is designed to give low-income and underrepresented communities a voice in the ongoing discussions about building decarbonization and electrification taking place statewide.
With the approval of two new power-purchase agreements by its board, announced Sept. 27, community choice aggregator East Bay Community Energy adds 550 MW of new renewable-energy generation and roughly 137.5 MW/390 MWh of energy storage to its expanding renewables portfolio.
The California Independent System Operator is due to begin Phase 2 of its reliability coordinator services across a larger portion of the West on Nov. 1, having begun providing the service on July 1 (see CEM No. 1546).
The California Independent System Operator has proposed making permanent certain natural gas constraints it has in place in Southern California to deal with the reduced usability of the Aliso Canyon gas storage facility near Los Angeles.
Pacific Gas & Electric's bondholders have offered to match the $11-billion settlement the utility has agreed to pay to insurance companies that hold wildfire claims against it, intensifying efforts to move forward with their own restructuring plan for the bankrupt company.
The cities of Santa Monica and Menlo Park became the latest California municipalities to pass building-electrification reach codes, while Culver City began considering options for its own ordinance.
Electric-vehicle charging stations are nearly nonexistent for people living in apartments in one of the most prosperous regions in the world—Silicon Valley—and in order to address this disparity, Silicon Valley Clean Energy plans to build about 450 new charging spots at apartments and condos…
Online marketplace eBay announced it will power two of its campuses with 100-percent renewable energy from San Jose Clean Energy.
Two of the most important stakeholders in Pacific Gas & Electric's bankruptcy proceeding—the committee representing victims of the Northern California wildfires and a group of the company's bondholders—have jointly filed a Sept. 19 motion with the court outlining a proposal to restructur…
San Francisco Superior Court Judge Teri Jackson on Sept. 16 ruled to keep the Tubbs Fire jury trial in San Francisco, rather than move it to Sonoma County, in order to ensure a "democratic" and "just" outcome for the victims of one of the deadliest wildfires in California's history.
The San Diego City Council voted Sept. 17 in favor of one ordinance implementing community choice aggregation and another authorizing the mayor to execute a joint-powers agreement for the city to join the San Diego Regional Community Choice Energy Authority.
Butte Choice Energy is poised to become the newest community choice aggregator in California following votes by the Chico City Council and Butte County Board of Supervisors.
Pacific Gas & Electric on Sept. 13 said it has reached an $11-billion settlement to resolve the majority of its subrogation wildfire liabilities, but the utility's overall reorganization plan is drawing heavy fire.
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…
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.
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.
California's Central Coast is rivaling San Diego for community choice aggregation activity, with several cities now approved to join Monterey Bay Community Power.
East Bay Community Energy launched a request-for-information process designed to help it identify options for procuring new incremental capacity to provide the community choice aggregator with resource adequacy and/or peak energy.
Two more California cities moved closer to passing building codes prioritizing all-electric new construction, as a wave of building-decarbonization activity sweeps over the state.
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.
Legislation that would have allowed bankrupt utility Pacific Gas & Electric to sell "wildfire victim recovery bonds" is on hold for now, but its backers promise it will return next year.
The existing Western Energy Imbalance Market is set to grow with the announcement that a couple of new members intend to join in April 2021, but a proposal for a similar regional balancing market by the Southwest Power Pool is also drawing interest.