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Clean-energy advocates, utility representatives and fellow regulators discussed the tenure of outgoing California Public Utilities Commission President Michael Picker at his final CPUC meeting on Aug. 15, saying he had greatly contributed to the state's renewables goals.

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Energy agencies in California are looking into new definitions for the term "zero-carbon technology" in order to help meet the state's goal to supply 100-percent zero-carbon electricity to customers by Dec. 31, 2045, the California Energy Commission said at a board meeting on Aug. 14.

The California Public Utilities Commission is considering a biomethane tariff that could help drive consumption of the renewable gas in the state, while last week Southern California Gas Co. announced completion of what is expected to be the largest biomethane facility in the country.

The Contractors State License Board of California on Aug. 6 approved a rule that would limit the number of contractors who are allowed to install energy storage systems, in the wake of new regulations starting in January 2020 that require nearly all new homes in the state to include rooftop solar.

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The California Public Utilities Commission at its Aug. 1 meeting approved a series of modifications to the “three-prong test” used to evaluate whether fuel-substitution programs can access energy-efficiency funding [R13-11-005, D19-08-009].

Attorneys for Pacific Gas & Electric protested a motion by the California Public Utilities Commission ratepayer advocate to consider alternatives to the utility in Northern California, saying in a July 12 filing that the proposal could jeopardize its reorganization process.

Collaboration with China will drive California’s energy policies more than any other relationship in the world, allowing the two regions to “hold hands” and reduce global greenhouse gases, the California Energy Commission said at its July 15 business meeting.

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Pacific Gas & Electric President and CEO Bill Johnson faced a volley of complaints and accusations from the utility’s customers at a July 9 public hearing, including about high rates and failure to prevent wildfires.

The California Public Utilities Commission approved a decision at its July 11 meeting that lays the groundwork for Pacific Gas & Electric and Southern California Edison to transition millions of customers to a new time-of-use rate structure beginning in October 2020 [A17-12-011 et al., D…

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Regulators at the California Public Utilities Commission at a June 27 meeting approved the “stress test”—a mechanism governing how utilities can recover costs from 2017 wildfires—but opted to prevent Pacific Gas & Electric from applying for it [R19-01-006, D19-06-027]

The California Public Utilities Commission launched two investigations during a closed session immediately after its June 27 meeting—one exploring PG&E’s role in the 2017 North Bay wildfires, and another to assess fines on Southern California Gas Co. for natural gas leak at the Aliso Can…

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Attorneys for Pacific Gas & Electric criticized a California Public Utilities Commission proposal that would prevent it from accessing the “stress test”—a regulatory provision that limits utility shareholders’ liability for wildfires caused by their equipment—saying in a June 13 filing t…