Traditional Fuels

Berkeley Senator Introduces Bills to Curb Worsening Climate Pollution

March 3, 2022|Comments Off on Berkeley Senator Introduces Bills to Curb Worsening Climate Pollution

Sen. Nancy Skinner (D-Berkeley) announced three new bills aimed at accelerating vehicle electrification, slashing short-lived potent greenhouse gases, and helping fund green hydrogen development. She introduced her climate measures just after the release of the [...]

State Utility Regulators Pitch Electricity Affordability Criteria, Ponder Blue Sky Proposals

March 2, 2022|Comments Off on State Utility Regulators Pitch Electricity Affordability Criteria, Ponder Blue Sky Proposals

Regulatory affordability criteria to help control the state’s skyrocketing electricity rates were the starting point of a Feb. 28 California Public Utilities Commission conference. California regulators must act because “there are people that have to [...]

Utility Earnings: Rate Bases for Sempra Firms in Calif., Tex. Triple Over Four Years

February 28, 2022|Comments Off on Utility Earnings: Rate Bases for Sempra Firms in Calif., Tex. Triple Over Four Years

Edison International, the parent company of Southern California Edison, reported annual earnings for 2021 a bit higher than the previous year, at $759 million, or $2.00 per share, compared to $739 million, or $1.98 per [...]

Bill Aims to Move Nuclear Waste Stored at San Onofre

February 22, 2022|Comments Off on Bill Aims to Move Nuclear Waste Stored at San Onofre

Proposed bipartisan federal legislation seeks to move high-level radioactive waste from the shuttered San Onofre Nuclear Generation Station to a less populated area. “Our Southern California communities deserve the peace of mind that comes from [...]

SoCalGas Outlines Major Green Hydrogen Pipeline

February 17, 2022|Comments Off on SoCalGas Outlines Major Green Hydrogen Pipeline

The nation’s largest natural gas utility is seeking to get ahead of the competition by proposing to build a green hydrogen pipeline to the Los Angeles Basin to drive down greenhouse gas emissions. In the [...]

FERC Tackles Natural Gas Pipeline Project Climate Emissions

February 17, 2022|Comments Off on FERC Tackles Natural Gas Pipeline Project Climate Emissions

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission is proposing to revise its highly controversial gas pipeline certification process by establishing an unprecedented framework that accounts for climate, environmental justice, and landowner impacts. “Right now, we have [...]

$11 Million for Big Charging and Green Energy

February 16, 2022|Comments Off on $11 Million for Big Charging and Green Energy

This week the California Energy Commission approved $11 million in research grants for projects including a truck-mounted, non-polluting backup generator and a pilot program for a universal charger for electric vehicles. Another project that got [...]

As Closure Nears, Debate Over Diablo Canyon Persists

February 16, 2022|Comments Off on 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 [...]

PG&E’s Power Customers Hit with 20% Rate Hike

February 10, 2022|Comments Off on PG&E’s Power Customers Hit with 20% Rate Hike

Electricity rates for Pacific Gas & Electric customers will rise an additional 12% this year, on top of an 8% increase they began seeing last month. Depending on who you talk to, PG&E residential ratepayers [...]

SoCalGas Faces $10M Fine for Using Customer Money to Weaken Efficiency Codes

February 7, 2022|Comments Off on SoCalGas Faces $10M Fine for Using Customer Money to Weaken Efficiency Codes

A regulatory judge is calling for a $9.8 million penalty on Southern California Gas Co. for using ratepayer funds to oppose standards that increased the efficiency of appliances and buildings to reduce climate pollution. The [...]

Communities Win Benzene Monitoring Near Aliso Canyon

February 1, 2022|Comments Off on Communities Win Benzene Monitoring Near Aliso Canyon

The non-profit Center for Environmental Health announced Feb. 1 it reached a settlement with Southern California Gas that requires the utility to monitor for a carcinogen leaked from the Aliso Canyon natural gas storage field [...]

Aliso Canyon Well Blowout Subject of Health Study

January 19, 2022|Comments Off on Aliso Canyon Well Blowout Subject of Health Study

The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health is taking bids for a study on the harm caused by the months-long methane release from the Aliso Canyon underground natural gas storage field in L.A. County. [...]

CPUC Approves $4.5B for SONGS Decommissioning

December 16, 2021|Comments Off on CPUC Approves $4.5B for SONGS Decommissioning

Utility regulators rejected cost and safety concerns raised by ratepayer and nuclear safety advocates as they approved without comment a $4.5 billion tab to decommission the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station. Consumer advocates' concerns did [...]

JUICE: No Guarantees New Diesel Backup Will Sit Mostly Unused

December 9, 2021|Comments Off on 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. [...]

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