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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…

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.

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…

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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 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…

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…

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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…

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.

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.

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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…

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.

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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…

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 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 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…

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.