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.

Southern California Edison, which had been planning to construct six microgrid projects this year, told the California Public Utilities Commission that moving forward so quickly resulted in cost-prohibitive projected construction expenses, causing the utility to reassess its approach to publ…

The California Public Utilities Commission on March 12 certified an electric transmission line project that would permanently alter lush farmland near a disadvantaged community, but potentially reduce the need to turn on natural gas-fired power generation plants near the community as well.

Researchers with Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and other institutions say that greenhouse gas emissions from the building industry can be reduced not only with advances in science and technology, but also by providing access to temperature-control systems to people working inside sha…

There are some key barriers to offshore wind adoption in California, many of which are related to existing infrastructure such as limited transmission capacity to deliver offshore wind energy to load centers, according to a new report being reviewed by state energy regulators.

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State energy regulators approved a new community solar program proposed by the Sacramento Municipal Utility District that environmentalists and residential solar developers strongly opposed as a slippery slope that will lead to more requests for exemptions from the rooftop-solar mandate.

The California Public Utilities Commission on Feb. 3 opened its new biomethane incentive reservation system, which makes roughly $32 million in incentive funding available for biomethane interconnection projects in the state until the funds are depleted or until Dec. 31, 2026, whichever come…

The California Public Utilities Commission denied $5.24 million of PacifiCorp's $78.59-million test year 2019 rate request for the accelerated depreciation of its coal generation units, reducing retail rates for California customers [A18-04-002, I17-04-019].

The California Public Utilities Commission proposed a set of new rules to accelerate the development of microgrids and self-generation electricity projects—from virtual inspections to unlimited power storage to allowing customers with battery systems to import grid electricity—in an effort t…

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A California Public Utilities Commission judge ruled to increase Pacific Gas & Electric's locate-and-mark penalty from $65 million to $110 million, saying the bankrupt utility knew it had severe problems with its program for more than four years but chose to take no action. 

The California Public Utilities Commission's Wildfire Safety Advisory Board on Jan. 21 held its inaugural meeting in Sacramento, which was largely devoted to educating the newly appointed board members about the organization and the status of its development.

The California Energy Commission at its Jan. 22 meeting granted Trinity Public Utility District an exemption from new state building codes mandating that solar-photovoltaic systems be installed on newly constructed low-rise residential buildings.

Electric-vehicle charging stations could be required at existing buildings undergoing major renovations in California, according to a report by the California Air Resources Board. Currently, Level 2 EV charging stations must be installed at new-building construction sites, but not at existin…

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The California Public Utilities Commission at its Jan. 16 meeting approved a $16.5-million electric undergrounding project that will deviate from a state tariff rule and place distribution lines underground in a high-fire-hazard zone in the Piedmont area of Oakland.

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California Public Utilities Commission Administrative Law Judge Sofia Park issued a long list of strong questions to Pacific Gas & Electric about its proposed $1.7-billion wildfire settlement agreement with the CPUC and other stakeholders, including why the utility said it needs up to fi…

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Energy experts are concerned that the California Public Utilities Commission has arbitrarily changed its estimate of how much electricity will be imported into the state in the future, and that the change will lead to excess capacity and higher ratepayer bills.

Many load-serving entities in California are seeking to incorporate energy storage into their portfolios, but what remains an unknown for organizations—namely, community choice aggregators—is the role that California Public Utilities Commission oversight might play in future storage developm…

The California Public Utilities Commission on Dec. 24 notified Southern California Edison it would suspend the utility's Dec. 4 advice letter [AL 4122-E] seeking authorization of $405.5 million in disbursements from SCE's nuclear decommissioning trust fund for SCE's share of forecast costs f…