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U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Dennis Montali on June 29 ordered Pacific Gas & Electric, the tort claimants committee and the wildfire victims' trustee to respond to a request by Theresa Ann McDonald, a Camp Fire victim who voted to reject PG&E's proposed settlement and reorganization plan.

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Utilities including those in California are reacting to a newfound national focus on racial justice by making public statements in favor of the Black Lives Matter movement, but are also following up with actions to support racial equity.

The cost of new technologies capable of improving energy efficiency, generating and storing energy, and decarbonizing end-use appliances is declining and their availability is growing, but the ability of disadvantaged communities to participate in the advances is far from equitable, a new re…

Less than one week after U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Dennis Montali confirmed Pacific Gas & Electric's plan of reorganization, two wildfire victims say they are "dismayed by the treatment" they have experienced as they start through the fire victim compensation process.

The clean-energy sector, a short time ago one of the nation's leaders for new jobs, has been hard hit in California by a wave of job losses that could set the industry back years, according to a new report from Environmental Entrepreneurs.

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U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Dennis Montali intends to confirm Pacific Gas & Electric's plan of reorganization, which would guide the utility out of bankruptcy for the second time in less than 18 years.

With the completion of a collaborative study on how to install electric-vehicle charging infrastructure for medium- and heavy-duty trucks along roughly 1,300 miles of Interstate 5 from the Mexican to the Canadian border, a coalition from three West Coast states now has a road map outlining a…

Collaboration on information gathering and procurement activities among community choice aggregators continues apace, the latest effort being a June 3 joint request for information for long-duration energy storage in which 11 California CCAs are participating.

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U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Dennis Montali this week heard closing arguments from wildfire victims and lawyers in Pacific Gas & Electric's 16-month-long bankruptcy proceeding that rocked the utility world—and residents of Northern California—beginning last January. Montali is considering his f…

Community choice aggregators in California are well poised to promote widespread electric-vehicle infrastructure adoption, especially to support post-pandemic economic recovery, according to a May 29 webinar hosted by the California Community Choice Association.

Despite pleas from local stakeholders and community activists over the years, Southern California Edison, the utility operator of the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station, and independent experts maintain that until long-term or permanent off-site storage for spent nuclear fuel becomes avai…

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U.S. District Judge William Alsup is reconsidering a set of new probation requirements that he imposed on Pacific Gas & Electric in April, and is "very likely to defer to [the] judgment" of the California Public Utilities Commission on the matter, he said in a telephonic court hearing on…

U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Dennis Montali is deciding whether to confirm Pacific Gas & Electric's $59-billion reorganization plan that would move the largest utility in the United States beyond another chaotic chapter in its long history.

The U.S. Bureau of Land Management on May 20 issued for public comment a draft environmental assessment for the Mesa Wind Repower Project, which would replace 460 wind turbines with up to 11 new turbines on a site about 11 miles north of Palm Springs.

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The COVID-19 pandemic has quickly forced California to readjust its spending priorities to deal with a projected $54-billion shortfall, but Gov. Gavin Newsom promised that the focus will remain on preparing for utility-caused wildfires and reducing the duration of public-safety power shut-offs.

Job losses in April in the clean-energy sector tripled compared with March, for an estimated total of 594,347 unemployment claims filed by clean-energy workers since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, according to a report released May 13.

Average electricity demand on weekdays in the California Independent System Operator fell by 9 percent in April compared with the same month last year, as residential usage increased but was offset by reductions in commercial and industrial demand.

Community choice aggregator MCE said May 12 it has partnered with consulting company TRC to create a dispatchable, behind-the-meter battery storage system to provide resilience in the event of public-safety power shut-offs and other power outages, particularly to priority customers and criti…