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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California’s outdated power poles and lines need upgrading, say critics By LISA M. KRIEGER | The Mercury News Link to article California’s first power pole was erected in the 1880s,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 […]

Renewable energy no threat to electric grid, as Trump aides claim

By David Hochschild and David Olsen | San Francisco Chronicle Link to article In 1986, President Ronald Reagan famously removed solar panels from the White House roof, capping a misguided energy policy that severely slashed investment in renewable energy. Thirty-one years later, President Trump has committed a more consequential mistake by rejecting the Paris climate […]

Will California’s 100% renewables goal survive the political process?

Herman K. Trabish | Utility Dive Link to article With current clean energy goals in sight, liberal lawmakers are pushing the state to ratchet up its ambitions. But utility companies could prove a powerful roadblock. Can the world’s sixth-largest economy get to 60% renewables by 2030 and 100% renewables by 2045? California’s Senate Bill 100 […]