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State Utility Regulators Pitch Electricity Affordability Criteria, Ponder Blue Sky Proposals

Regulatory affordability criteria to help control the state’s skyrocketing electricity rates were the starting point of a Feb. 28 California Public Utilities Commission conference.

California regulators must act because “there are people that have to choose between utility services and groceries,” said Abigail Solis, Manager of Sustainable Energy Solutions for Self-Help Enterprises. Regulators must “remove […]

March 2, 2022|

PG&E Seeks $15B More for Undergrounding and Fire Prevention

Pacific Gas & Electric is seeking $15.2 billion to work towards its target of undergrounding thousands of miles of power lines in areas with high fire danger in the update to its 2020-2022 plan, a document highly anticipated in policy circles.

The company plans to bury more lines; from a little over 22 miles in […]

February 28, 2022|

Utility Earnings: Rate Bases for Sempra Firms in Calif., Tex. Triple Over Four Years

Edison International, the parent company of Southern California Edison, reported annual earnings for 2021 a bit higher than the previous year, at $759 million, or $2.00 per share, compared to $739 million, or $1.98 per share, for 2020. Southern California Edison’s income rose to $829 million compared to $810 million in 2020.

The parent corporation […]

February 28, 2022|

SCE Seeks $1.6 Billion More for Fire Prevention Work This Year

Southern California Edison has filed a 2022 update to its wildfire prevention plan at an estimated cost of more than $1.6 billion. The additional money will pay to insulate more bare power lines, install more fire-resistant poles and weather stations, and cut more trees near utility lines.

“It includes measures to reduce the frequency and […]

February 24, 2022|

Imperial County Vies For Share of Lithium Boom, Biden Listens

Officials from the state’s impoverished and heavily-polluted Imperial County want to make sure residents there reap the benefits of any lithium boom if it turns out brine brought up by geothermal plants to generate electricity at the Salton Sea can be mined commercially for the element.

Lithium is a key component in batteries both for […]

February 22, 2022|
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