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Several parallel activities will need to happen in concert to ensure the state can achieve its Advanced Clean Trucks Regulation targets, and hydrogen can play a key role, according to participants in a Sept. 21 webinar featuring representatives of the California Air Resources Board, the Cali…

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As California Air Resources Board staff seeks feedback on reporting requirements for a new policy framework designed to support and accelerate production of zero-emission medium- and heavy-duty trucks, it is clear, based on the wide-ranging variety of questions posed by those in attendance a…

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California's transportation sector represents its largest share of greenhouse gas emissions, but an executive order from Gov. Gavin Newsom aims to change that while also creating opportunities for economic growth and manufacturing in the Golden State.

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The California Public Utilities Commission on Sept. 24 unanimously approved construction of an overhead power line through a high-fire-risk area in San Diego County for reliability purposes, despite opposition from hundreds of local residents and organizations, who asked the commission to pl…

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In order to address extreme wholesale power prices, which soared during August heat waves, staff of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Sept. 16 issued guidance for entities needing to file cost-justification paperwork related to instances in which their transactions exceeded the Wes…

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The California Independent System Operator is proposing refinements to its flexible-ramping product that are designed to reduce out-of-market actions to meet intra-hour ramp uncertainty. The Western Energy Imbalance Market Governing Body gave advisory approval to the proposal on Sept. 16, sa…

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The California Energy Commission on Sept. 9 postponed its decision to provide a small-power-plant exemption for 54 large diesel generators near an elementary school in Santa Clara, because of "recent energy emergencies" in the state, Commissioner Karen Douglas said at the CEC's board meeting.

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The California Public Utilities Commission on Aug. 27 approved a batch of power-purchase agreements between utilities and natural gas power plants and battery energy storage facilities, including about 1,430 MW of resource-adequacy capacity from the Moss Landing natural gas-fired plant in Mo…

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The California Public Utilities Commission is searching for emergency power generation resources, other than diesel fuel, to energize substations during planned grid outages, but acknowledges the state might need to rely on other fossil fuels, such as natural gas, in the coming years.

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Electricity loads in California—a topic of national interest this week—could increase by up to 90 percent from today's totals, if the state is to reach its carbon-neutrality requirement by 2045, according to a draft report presented to the California Air Resources Board this week.

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The California Energy Commission this week granted a small power plant exemption for more than 30 large diesel generators at a data center in Santa Clara, but chose not to analyze the greenhouse gas emissions impacts of the generators when they are fired up during a grid outage.

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A California administrative law judge recommended denying a proposed small-scale pilot project involving the sale of Bonneville Power Administration "negawatts" to a California utility, saying the transaction is a "standard surplus power purchase contract" rather than "an interregional energ…

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California’s grid operator is facing tougher federal scrutiny of its long-running practice of making out-of-market payments to generation units otherwise set to retire, which has been controversial since they are often natural gas-fired power plants.

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The California Public Utilities Commission is proposing a microgrid pilot program that would increase reliability at critical public facilities during grid outages in the next five years, and could include fossil-fuel generation resources, according to the commission.

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Several simulations of the Southern California natural gas infrastructure system indicate Aliso Canyon might still be needed to ensure system reliability and keep costs low in extreme operational conditions that occur once every decade, although the system might be able to get by without sup…

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The California Energy Commission is offering $3 million for planning blueprints that identify actions and milestones needed to implement medium- and heavy-duty zero-emission vehicles and related electric charging or hydrogen fueling infrastructure.

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Energy and aeronautical researchers in California have identified 564 strong methane point sources in the state, according to California Energy Commission study released July 23. The large methane sources accounted for more than a third of the state's total methane inventory in 2016, the stu…

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The California Public Utilities Commission is reviewing an application from San Diego Gas & Electric on "highly contested rate design issues" associated with SDG&E's proposed electric-vehicle high-power charging rate, the commission said in a filing last month, to which SDG&E res…

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The California Public Utilities Commission on July 16 approved a set of utility affordability metrics, and did so in the "nick of time," CPUC President Marybel Batjer said. Tens of thousands of people have enrolled in utility bill support programs over the past year, while COVID-19 continues…

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The California Coastal Commission on July 16 approved Southern California Edison's inspection and maintenance program for the Holtec UMAX spent nuclear fuel storage facility at the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station. The independent spent-fuel storage installation was licensed by the U.S.…

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Diesel generators of many sizes are spreading across communities and businesses in California, raising alarm from residents, health experts and energy regulators—including California Public Utilities Commission President Marybel Batjer, who at a public workshop on July 7 said she is "concern…

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The federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management at a public workshop on July 1 presented images of towering wind turbines in the ocean near Morro Bay and Big Sur, trying to address concerns from local residents and business owners who say the spinning structures could detract from the aestheti…

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The California Public Utilities Commission on June 25 approved a slew of new and revised resource-adequacy rules in order to solve "really difficult issues as the market tightens," Commissioner Liane Randolph said.

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The quiet approval on June 1 of a dozen new hydraulic fracturing permits by the California Geologic Energy Management Division further fueled consumer groups' assertion that the state continues issuing oil and natural gas exploration permits in a vacuum.

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California energy regulators decided that investor-owned utilities will serve as central entities for resource-adequacy procurement in their service areas, drawing the ire of community choice aggregators that had participated in a settlement proposing a central entity that would be responsib…