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Federal Appeals Court Sides With San Francisco, Against PG&E for Distribution Roadblocks

A federal appeals court has sided with the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission and against federal regulators and Pacific Gas & Electric over allegations that PG&E has been suppressing competition and generally making life miserable for the municipal utility that provides power, water and sewer to city-operated facilities in San Francisco.

A three-judge panel […]

February 1, 2022|

California Could Get Its First Compressed Air Energy Storage

Given the four-hour limitations of lithium-ion battery storage to date, the California Energy Commission is welcoming applications from a Canadian company to build two energy storage projects totaling 900 megawatts that use compressed air and could provide up to 8 hours of power output. One permit application is for the Central Coast and one […]

January 27, 2022|

Hydropower Plant Back Online After Winter Rains

The Department of Water Resources’ Hyatt hydropower plant at Oroville Dam in Butte County is back generating electricity, thanks to recent heavy precipitation, the agency reported Jan. 4.

Not all the turbines are operating, though. Only one 30 MW unit is supplying hydropower to the California Independent System Operator. Rather than racing toward the turbines, […]

January 5, 2022|

FERC Okays Stronger Dam Safety Rules

A blowout in 2017 of the spillway below the highest dam in the U.S., the Oroville Dam on the Feather River, that forced the evacuation of 180,000 people led the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to adopt rules this week to increase dam safety across the country. Independent consultants are to perform in-depth inspections at […]

December 16, 2021|
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