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[CEM 1510 / October 19, 2018]

Climate Change, Regionalization Are Big Topics at CAISO Symposium

Mitigating the impacts of climate change through regionalization of the California Independent System Operator was a central topic at CAISO’s 2018 Stakeholder Symposium in Sacramento. But as far as investment in the winners and losers, regionalization is a very murky picture, one major venture-capital player said.

Regulators Dig Into Utility Disconnection Data

The California Public Utilities Commission began to dig into eight years’ worth of utility service-disconnection data at an Oct. 12 workshop in Riverside, hoping to pinpoint the reason behind the rising trend of shutoffs. The workshop is the first in a series that the agency will conduct across the state, as part of its larger effort to reduce disconnections and improve reconnection times.

Firefighters Sue SoCal Gas Over Aliso Impacts; Reliability Concerns Linger

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More than two dozen Los Angeles Fire Department firefighters who responded to the Aliso Canyon natural gas leak in 2015 sued Southern California Gas Co., alleging the gas utility falsely assured the workers that the gas presented no hazard. The utility said reports indicate no long-term impacts from the leak. Meanwhile, energy agencies said reliability remains a concern heading into the winter heating season as a result of pipeline outages and maintenance. Gas can be withdrawn from Aliso Canyon as a last resort.

Also In California Energy Markets This Week . . .

  • Potomac: Washington Governor Slams Coal/Gas Export Proposal
  • Sempra, Oncor Announce Texas Acquisitions
  • PG&E Shuts Off Power in the North Bay, Sierra Foothills
  • Bottom Lines: We Are Running Out of Time on Climate

       ...And Much More!

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