News Coverage

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 […]

California regulators weigh whether the state needs more power plants

Ivan Penn – Contact Reporter | Los Angeles Times Link to article California energy officials are, for the first time, rethinking plans to build expensive natural gas power plants in the face of an electricity glut and growing use of cleaner and cheaper energy alternatives. The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power announced Tuesday […]

Leon Billings, Key Author of Laws on Clean Air, Water Dies

David R. Baker | New York Times Link to article WASHINGTON — Leon G. Billings, a former aide to Maine Sen. Edmund Muskie and a key author of the Clean Air Act and other landmark environmental laws, has died. Billings, 78, died Tuesday in Nashville, Tennessee, after suffering a stroke while visiting family. Born in […]

Climate change law has reshaped California in 10 years

David R. Baker | SF Chronicle Link to article Just past noon on a broiling Central Valley day, the strain on California’s electrical grid is rising with the temperature. Inside the control room that runs the grid, on the outskirts of Folsom, a yellow line on a glowing wall of data squiggles steadily higher, then […]