The California Air Resources Board is considering expanding emissions controls for oceangoing vessels at berth in the state's ports, a proposal designed to protect nearby communities from pollution emanating from port activities.
The majority of accidental methane emissions from commercial buildings in California occur in a small percentage of those buildings, according to a June report from the California Energy Commission.
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…
The California Air Resources Board at its June 25 meeting adopted a new policy designed to support and speed up the production of zero-emission medium- and heavy-duty trucks.
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.
California wildfire safety officials and advisors hope utilities will build on lessons learned as they develop their annual wildfire mitigation plans with a "utility maturity model" in mind.
Now is not the time to launch into a set of extensive reforms to the state's cap-and-trade auction program, despite recent reductions in its revenues, California Secretary of Environmental Protection Jared Blumenfeld told a state senator.
Southern California Gas Co. released new status reports regarding maintenance progress on the Aliso Canyon natural gas storage facility and a key distribution line.
Biomethane can be safely used in California, but exposure to the substance could damage DNA more than petroleum natural gas, according to a May report published by the California Energy Commission.
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.
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…
California utilities have made progress on wildfire mitigation and planning efforts, but plenty of room for improvement remains, California Public Utilities Commission Wildfire Safety Division Director Caroline Thomas Jacobs told members of the commission at a June 11 voting meeting.
The California Public Utilities Commission on June 11 approved Pacific Gas & Electric's use of large diesel generators for backup power during planned power shut-offs this coming wildfire season. But some stakeholders are concerned about the health effects of increased air pollution in r…
The California Energy Commission continued honoring its "getting money out the door" pledge by approving roughly $93 million in loans and grants at its June 10 meeting.
The U.S. Internal Revenue Service on June 2 published 108 pages of proposed regulations in a notice of proposed rulemaking that provides long-awaited guidance on 45Q tax credits for carbon capture at industrial, direct-air capture and electric generation facilities, including fossil-fuel pow…
Dead trees in California could be used to produce renewable electricity with the help of a portable generator the size of a freight shipping container, according to a recent report by the California Energy Commission.
California energy regulators on May 28 approved Pacific Gas & Electric's reorganization plan, at a meeting that included dozens of public commenters urging that the investor-owned utility be forced to become a publicly owned one.
The COVID-19 pandemic had a swift and dramatic effect on California's cap-and-trade auction, stripping the auction of most of the usual revenue it generates for the state as greenhouse gas emissions plummeted during stay-at-home orders.
The California Air Resources Board at a webcast meeting May 28 approved amendments that will clear the way for coating older solar-photovoltaic panels with substances expected to increase module efficiency by more than 3 percent. The move amends updates to suggested control measures CARB ado…
The California Public Utilities Commission this week postponed its vote on Pacific Gas & Electric's plan of reorganization until May 28, due to a prohibited ex parte communication that occurred days before. Prior to the postponement announcement, a group of protesters gathered outside CP…
Pacific Gas & Electric requested that state energy regulators approve five new energy storage projects totaling 423 MW, the first phase of a larger set of projects set to come on line by Aug. 1, 2023.
The California Independent System Operator signed an implementation agreement with Xcel Energy Colorado to join the Western Energy Imbalance Market in 2022, which also provides for participation of other Joint Dispatch Agreement members: Black Hills Energy Colorado Electric, Colorado Springs…
A "renaissance" in turbine technologies over the past decade has increased the amount of power that could be generated using flowing water in California's aqueducts, ditches and other channels, according to a study by the California Energy Commission.
Design issues have delayed a safety review milestone of Portland-based NuScale’s small modular reactor design certification, according to the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
Energy regulators must improve their understanding of biogas and biomethane produced by a variety of feedstocks and anaerobic digesters in the state, according to a May 12 report by the California Energy Commission.
Brine extraction from California’s Salton Sea could significantly decrease the cost of geothermal power generation in the state and supply lithium for batteries, the California Energy Commission said in a funding award approved this week.
State energy regulators on May 7 approved $1.9 billion in penalties for Pacific Gas & Electric for wildfires ignited by its equipment in its service territory in 2017 and 2018, a decision that also permanently suspends a $200-million fine due to the unique circumstances around the utilit…
Pacific Gas & Electric has made substantial strides in developing its electric-vehicle charging program in conformance with SB 350, the company said this week.
A new anaerobic digestion facility in San Luis Obispo successfully completed its first year of operation in 2019, turning local food and yard waste into renewable electricity, compost and liquid fertilizer.
Federal energy regulators granted Goldman Sachs Renewable Power Marketing's request for market-based rate authority to operate in wholesale electricity markets in California, but sided with advocacy group Public Citizen in finding the company is an affiliate of Goldman Sachs Group.
The California Public Utilities Commission on April 27 proposed a new set of public-safety power shut-off guidelines that are meant to "minimize the duration and impact of any PSPS event" and more effectively inform communities about power shut-offs, the commission said.
The California Air Resources Board is developing new strategies to confront the state's highest-emitting greenhouse gas source: its transportation sector.
Firefighting agencies throughout the country have been coordinating on best practices in recent years as climate change brings larger, hotter wildfires—often caused by utility infrastructure—and the season increases in length. But as fire season approaches, the COVID-19 pandemic brings new c…
Energy consumer advocates in California are voicing opposition to two proposed decisions from the California Public Utilities Commission that they say water down penalties on Pacific Gas & Electric.
The COVID-19 pandemic poses a number of challenges to the energy-efficiency and clean-energy sectors across the country, and California is no exception, regulators, utilities, contractors and others said at an April 23 webinar hosted by the California Public Utilities Commission.
A settlement agreement that moves Southern California Gas Co. closer to being able to offer its customers renewable natural gas was filed April 17 with the California Public Utilities Commission.
Elected officials from the Redondo Beach area and others urged California water control officials to not adopt a staff proposal to extend the compliance deadline for once-through-cooling regulations for AES' Redondo Beach plant, which is being considered along with three other natural gas-fi…
The California Public Utilities Commission will apply a set of emergency protection actions to utility customers in California for at least one year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the commission decided at its voting meeting on April 16.
The California State Water Resources Control Board issued a final water quality certification and final environmental impact report that are vital to the Klamath River Renewal Corporation's request for a license transfer and surrender approval from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission [P…
The California Energy Commission is typically tasked with tackling energy policy and planning; however, commissioners are shifting the agency's COVID-19-era priorities to "getting money out the door" and into energy innovation projects, which could keep Californians working as well as contin…
The California Energy Commission awarded Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory a total of $3.5 million to study the use of fiber optics in monitoring offshore-wind and natural gas operations.
The California Independent System Operator's market monitor is raising questions about proposed methods to calculate compensation for backup generation resources, but is butting heads with CAISO itself on the proposal.
The California Geologic Energy Management Division announced April 3 that it resumed issuing permits after a pause designed to provide time for scientific review of its pending well-stimulation permitting applications, drawing a strong reaction from a consumer group that called the action an…
Pacific Gas & Electric should not be required to pay a $200-million fine for causing catastrophic wildfires in California that killed more than 100 people, according to a filing by California Public Utilities Commission member Clifford Rechtschaffen.
Residential electric customers in portions of California will have their monthly bills reduced in coming months due to the state's shelter-in-place order, the California Public Utilities Commission decided on April 2.
The California Public Utilities Commission is working on revised public-safety power shut-off guidelines that would incorporate shelter-in-place orders due to the outbreak of COVID-19, according to CPUC spokesperson Terrie Prosper.
The California Public Utilities Commission unanimously approved a package that changes the state's greenhouse gas emissions target and adopts a new reference system portfolio during a virtual meeting that included dropped calls, audio problems, restless children and barking dogs.
California's grid operator approved contracts that will keep three natural gas-fired generation units putting power on the grid past their scheduled retirements, decisions that have not been without controversy in the past.
Gov. Gavin Newsom proposed significant cuts to the state's clean-vehicle rebate program, potentially leaving half of future clean-vehicle drivers at the curb and empty-handed, according to staff with the California Air Resources Board.