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As Closure Nears, Debate Over Diablo Canyon Persists

Calls to keep the half-century-old Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant from closing mid-decade are getting louder.

During a Feb. 15 House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis hearing focused on creating a clean, affordable and reliable grid, two Republican committee members insisted the large nuclear plant on California’s Central Coast is needed to keep the […]

February 16, 2022|

Steps Forward on DOE Share of Infrastructure Bill Funding

The $1.3 billion bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act that President Joe Biden signed last November must next pass through the nearly one dozen agencies that will implement it, and then to the states. Now the Department of Energy has issued an outline for the $20 billion designated for improving the nation’s electrical grid, […]

January 17, 2022|

JUICE: No Guarantees New Diesel Backup Will Sit Mostly Unused

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 […]

December 9, 2021|

More CPUC Action to Address Summer Afternoon Spikes

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 […]

December 2, 2021|

High Winds Led to 70,000 Customer Shutoffs in Southern California

Powerful Santa Ana winds resulted in Southern California utilities shutting off power to tens of thousands of customers on Thanksgiving Day.

Southern California Edison de-energized lines serving about 64,000 customers in five counties to avert wildfire danger. Wind speeds in some areas were up to 80 miles per hour, said utility spokesperson Diane Castro.

More than […]

November 29, 2021|

Federal Court Finalizes $10M in PG&E Investor Class Action

A federal judge has given final approval to the $10 million settlement among Pacific Gas & Electric Corp, its top officers, and investors for misrepresenting the impact of the wildfires the utility sparked between 2015 and 2018, the widespread shutoffs, and inadequacy of its mitigation measures, all of which drove down the company’s stock. […]

November 8, 2021|
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