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SoCalGas Faces $10M Fine for Using Customer Money to Weaken Efficiency Codes

A regulatory judge is calling for a $9.8 million penalty on Southern California Gas Co. for using ratepayer funds to oppose standards that increased the efficiency of appliances and buildings to reduce climate pollution. The California Public Utilities Commission proposal is a departure from an earlier decision in which it declined to penalize the […]

February 7, 2022|

Federal Agency Pushes Grid Operators to Increase Distributed Energy

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has directed the California grid operator and five others to prove they are lowering market barriers for loads of combined resources from large and small energy users. The agency wants the regions to put aggregated distributed energy resources on an equal footing with traditional generation.

Much of the distributed energy […]

January 20, 2022|

Energy Commission Frames R&D Decarbonization Budget

The California Energy Commission is taking a broad look at changes needed to reduce natural gas use. At a Jan. 19 workshop, the agency sought input on its 2022-23 funding cycle for projects that help decarbonize natural gas and that use natural or renewable gas for transportation and industry. The total budget for the […]

January 20, 2022|

Delays in Public Ability to Review Renewable Contract & Bids Shortened 

It’s been nearly two decades since California first ordered utilities to enter into long-term contracts for renewable contracts and simultaneously cloaked the terms of those agreements in secrecy for up to a decade. That’s despite the fact that ratepayers pay for these agreements.

The California Public Utilities Commission on Nov.18 voted to expose the contracts […]

November 18, 2021|

CPUC Seeks Another 3,000 MW by Next Summer

The California Public Utilities Commission proposes to further bolster the grid the next two summers by adding between 2,000 and 3,000 megawatts, including by expanding commercial and residential demand response and home energy efficiency programs, as well as increasing payments for the resources. The mix of supply and demand products is to alleviate stress […]

November 2, 2021|
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