Toyota and FuelCell Energy Plan to Build a Giant Renewable Power and Hydrogen Plant

By Emma Foehringer Merchant | Greentech Media Link to article Toyota and FuelCell Energy are taking a gamble on the world’s first megawatt-scale carbonate fuel-cell power generation plant with a hydrogen fueling station at the Port of Long Beach, California. The Tri-Gen plant, built by FuelCell Energy and expected online in 2020, will produce 2.35 […]

Renewable-Power Sector Sees Senate Tax Bill as Major Threat

By Tim Puko | WSJ Link to article Advocates for renewable energy are warning the Senate tax bill could have a devastating impact on its businesses. The Senate’s latest tax-overhaul bill includes rules that aim to make it harder for U.S. businesses to keep money overseas and shielded from U.S. taxes. The problem for the […]

Wine Country fires: Could a better power grid save us?

California’s outdated power poles and lines need upgrading, say critics By LISA M. KRIEGER | The Mercury News Link to article California’s first power pole was erected in the 1880s, soon after Thomas Edison’s light bulb. Now we have 4.2 million of them, carrying a spider web of fickle and fire-triggering lines that hang in […]

U.S. Climate Change Policy: Made in California

A peculiar confluence of history, legal precedent and defiance has set the stage for a regulatory mutiny in California that would reverberate throughout the country. By HIROKO TABUCHI | The New York Times Link to article SACRAMENTO — The Trump administration may appear to control climate policy in Washington, but the nation’s most dynamic environmental […]

CALIFORNIA: Last-minute bills would set up regional grid

By Debra Kahn | E&E News Link to article California lawmakers are pursuing changes to the state’s electricity markets through a sweeping new bill unveiled Friday. The head of the state Assembly Utilities and Energy Committee made last-minute changes over the weekend to two bills that would set the stage for a West-wide electrical grid […]

SOLAR ECLIPSE: In Calif., it’s like planning for a cloudy day

By Debra Kahn | E&E News Link to article Today’s full solar eclipse will mesmerize the entire U.S., but for power nerds, eyes are trained on sun-thirsty California. Grid operators in California, the most solar-dependent state, have been thinking about the eclipse for the past year. They say they are fully prepared and not particularly […]

California Legislature extends state’s cap-and-trade program in rare bipartisan effort to address climate change

By Melanie Mason and Chris Megerian | LA Times Link to article California lawmakers voted Monday evening to extend the state’s premiere program on climate change, a victory for Gov. Jerry Brown that included unprecedented Republican support for fighting global warming. In a break with party leaders and activists in California and Washington, eight Republicans […]

Coal got knocked out in Calif. Now, gas is on the ropes

By Debra Kahn | E&E News Link to article A wave of regulatory reconsiderations of natural gas-fired power plants in California has renewables advocates cheering. The state’s grid operator is expected to release a study next month on whether the Puente Power Project, a gas-fired plant planned for the Southern California coast 60 miles west […]

As gas plants struggle, California seeks new flexible capacity strategies

By Herman K. Trabish | UtilityDIVE Link to article With up to 6 GW of gas plants at risk of closure, energy planners are scrambling for new compensation techniques and zero-carbon alternatives Accelerating clean energy and climate goals in California have policymakers thinking in unprecedented ways about how to manage the state’s power system. California’s […]