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Investor-owned utilities in California must amend their electric rules in order to install microgrids at certain facilities in the state, such as shipping ports, to help keep those facilities energized during grid outages, the California Public Utilities Commission ordered on Jan. 14.

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The president of California's utility commission directed certain investor-owned utilities in the state to seek additional power capacity before next summer, despite a cacophony of concerns regarding the true need for more capacity in the Golden State.

The California Public Utilities Commission issued a proposed decision denying a Public Advocates Office request to compel San Diego Gas & Electric to distribute its annual natural gas credits to customers in their July 2020 bills rather than in April 2021.

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The California Air Resources Board is searching for alternative fuel types that could replace a proposed backup diesel generation facility at a future data center in San Jose, but the facility's representatives told CARB that its customers, including companies like Zoom, would not utilize a …

"Urgency" is the word of the day as the California Independent System Operator rushes to put in place a series of market rules and procedural changes before the searing heat of another California summer drives up power demand.

Two of California's investor-owned utilities have agreed to refund ratepayers millions of dollars to settle a scandal involving millions of misplaced high-efficiency lightbulbs that were to be sold at a discount to consumers in the utilities' service areas.

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The California Public Utilities Commission on Dec. 17 approved a renewable natural gas tariff pilot program that will allow customers to purchase the fuel and help expand its market. But CPUC member Martha Guzman Aceves rejected the proposal, saying it could further harm the air and water qu…

The California Energy Commission this week announced new funding for projects that will help trim back portions of the state's natural gas pipeline system. But giving a pipeline a haircut is not straight-forward: Pipeline decommissioning could require 100 percent of customers on the line to …

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Four months after rolling blackouts spread across California, state energy agencies are adjusting the focus of the state's 100-percent clean electricity goal onto electric service reliability, and will now evaluate how zero-carbon power generation resources will affect the grid in "all 8,760…

Gov. Gavin Newsom appointed Liane Randolph chair of the California Air Resources Board. Her appointment, as well as those of other new agency board members, was announced Dec. 9.

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The California Public Utilities Commission's Wildfire Safety Advisory Board has reviewed all 50 of the 2020 wildfire mitigation plans by the state's publicly owned utilities and electric cooperatives and has arrived at guidelines for improvement in preventing utility-caused wildfires going forward.

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Hundreds of thousands of California utility customers this year have been enrolled in time-of-use pricing plans, and millions more will make the transition in the coming years, investor-owned utility representatives told the California Public Utilities Commission during a workshop this week.

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The Geysers Power Co. will pay $2.1 million to California's general fund for allegedly violating fire-protection requirements at six of its geothermal power plants in Northern California, the California Energy Commission decided on Nov. 16.

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More than 500,000 Californians have enrolled in energy utility bill payment assistance programs since the COVID-19 pandemic started earlier this year, and enrollment could continue to spike this winter as economic uncertainty persists and people spend more time indoors, experts said at a Nov…

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Investor-owned utilities in California are expected to procure more than enough renewable energy in the coming years, while some community-choice aggregators need to sign more contracts in order to meet the state's renewables procurement requirements, the California Public Utilities Commissi…

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The California Public Utilities Commission's Public Advocates Office and the Sierra Club filed briefs asking the CPUC to impose $255.3 million in fines against Southern California Gas Co. and other sanctions related to an alleged misuse of ratepayer funds.

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Rainstorms of increasing magnitude could threaten hundreds of miles of California’s natural gas pipelines and expose 45 percent of Los Angeles County’s power plants’ generating capacity to coastal flooding over the century, according to an October report to the California Energy Commission.

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California Public Utilities Commission staff is trying to accelerate microgrid installations in the state by providing various tariff options to microgrid project developers and owners. However, staff must address concerns from customer advocacy groups, who say the commission needs to ensure…

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The California Public Utilities Commission this week pushed forward a new mobile home park electrification program that, if approved, would convert certain dual-fuel mobile homes to all-electric. But how residents, most of whom are on fixed incomes, would be able to pay for new electric appl…