The malfunction at Vistra Corp’s 300 MW, 1,200 MW hour lithium battery at Moss Landing appears to have been caused by a software error, a company investigation revealed. In early September, smoke was detected from the utility-scale battery and it was shut down. “Due to an apparent programming error in the [Very Early […]
Legislation to accelerate city permitting of small solar projects passed the Senate 31-1 on Jan. 24. SB 370 by Sen. Scott Weiner (D-San Francisco) requires immediate online permitting of residential solar and battery projects in cities with more than 150,000 residents. SB 370 heads to the Assembly for policy committee hearings. The National Renewable […]
Gov. Gavin Newsom reappointed Severin Borenstein and Jan Schori to the California Independent System Operator Board of Governors Jan. 6. Borenstein has been a professor at the University of California, Berkeley, Haas School of Business since 1996. Schori, former Sacramento Municipal Utility District General Manager, was a member of the North American Electric Reliability […]
The California Public Utilities Commission imposed a $550 million hit on Southern California Edison for the devastation caused by fires its equipment sparked in 2017 and 2018, including the Thomas and Woolsey fires. Five died, 385,000 acres were torched and 3,000 structures were destroyed. The resolution approved on a 4-1 vote Dec. 16 includes […]
California Public Utilities Commission member Martha Guzman Aceves will be appointed the new head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Region 9.
“Martha is an experienced leader that values economic justice and will represent the best interests of the residents in the region,” EPA Administrator Michel Regan said in a Dec. 9 statement. Region 9 […]
On an unusual 3-2 vote, the California Public Utilities Commission approved fining Pacific Gas & Electric $40 million to resolve the 2019 Kincaid Fire in Sonoma County. Commissioner Cliff Rechtschaffen pointed to PG&E’s “unfortunate misconduct,” including violations of safety rules for failing to remove abandoned lines and transmission facilities during the Dec. 2 meeting. […]