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PG&E Seeks $15B More for Undergrounding and Fire Prevention

Pacific Gas & Electric is seeking $15.2 billion to work towards its target of undergrounding thousands of miles of power lines in areas with high fire danger in the update to its 2020-2022 plan, a document highly anticipated in policy circles.

The company plans to bury more lines; from a little over 22 miles in […]

February 28, 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|

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|
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