California policy makers and regulators have voted again to allow more diesel backup installations. The number of diesel generators has reached unprecedented levels in the state in response to wildfire threats and utility safety shutoffs. Earlier this year, permitted systems in just two of the state’s 35 air districts soared to 23,000, representing […]
The California Public Utilities Commission voted unanimously to require the three investor-owned utilities to invest in an additional 2,000-3-000 MW of resources over the next two summers—both supply and demand reduction—to prevent outages during intense heatwaves from 4-9 PM.
“The decision is to close gaps in the most extreme events,” Marybel Batjer, CPUC president, said […]
Battery systems installed at California homes and businesses now total 721 megawatts, with roughly 70% percent of them, about 42,000 systems, charged by clean electricity connected to rooftop solar. That’s according to an Oct. 26 report by the California Solar and Storage Association.
The report says collectively the emissions-free systems comprise the largest battery in […]
It’s final. In the tension between electricity reliability and harmful pollution, reliability won out in a vote on Oct. 19 to keep the aging Redondo Beach fossil-fired power plant online for another two years. The 834 MW natural gas plant will provide peaking power as needed to the grid through the end of 2023. […]
The California Public Utilities Commission unanimously approves investor-owned utility pilots to reduce the number of poor customers who have their power shutoff because of unpaid utility bills. The quintet also votes to develop a safety culture framework for the private utilities to try and make them safety conscious to the core.