Aiming at federal regulators, grappling with utility bills, growing utility revenue

By Published On: March 3, 2022

Federal regulators get blasted by Sen. Joe Manchin and Republican lawmakers for incorporating greenhouse gas emissions and environmental justice into natural gas project reviews, more so because of the war in Ukraine. Democratic senators and the majority on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission push back, saying following the law speeds up pipeline construction while doing the opposite impedes it.

Ever rising utility bills and how to control them is the focus of California utility regulators and a host of stakeholders—from ratepayer advocates to rate reform specialists. Many consider time of the essence for low-income customers while various strategies to keep the lights are debated, from tying rates to income to having taxpayers pick up part of the tab.

Just days earlier, the parent corporations of the California utilities tout their growing rate bases. Sempra says its utilities’ rate base has tripled. Edison International projects continued growth too, pointing to higher capital expenditures and rate increases. Meanwhile, Pacific Gas & Electric adds details to its plan to spend $15 billion between 2020-22 to underground some more overhead lines and take other measures to reduce the fire risks of its equipment.

A Bay Area Senator introduces three climate protection bills to increase the electrification of small and large vehicles by increasing demand from the state, to slash fluorocarbons and increase funding for green hydrogen.

A Los Angeles-based EV start up says its small sports utility-supercomputer on wheels can compete with Tesla’s Model Y. The vehicle, Indie EV, boasts three computers, allowing drivers to sing Karaoke or Car’aoke, or mine bitcoin.

The long-sought removal of four Klamath River dams is nearing the finish line with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission staff giving a tentative green light to the multi-stakeholder demolition plan.

Southern California Edison seeks $1.6 billion to cover more power lines, install more cameras and remove more trees this year. Its latest wildfire prevention plan will add an average monthly cost to residential ratepayers of nearly $7.00, or $84 a year.


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