Demand response is dead. Long live Flexiwatts!

By Lillian Mirviss | Utility Dive Link to article The following is a contributed article by Lillian Mirviss, a government affairs manager at OhmConnect as well as a current fellow in the San Francisco chapter of the Clean Energy Leadership Institute. Demand Response is dead. That’s how the topic of Demand Response (DR) typically comes […]

Grid chief: Operators pulling ‘rabbits’ to keep lights on

By Peter Behr | E&E News Link to article Stresses on parts of the power grid have operators scrambling for ways to keep the lights on. In Texas, where backup power reserves are stretched to the limit, most engineers would conclude that “there’s no way in hell they can keep the lights on,” said Jim […]

NV Energy Announces ‘Hulkingly Big’ Solar-Plus-Storage Procurement

By Emma Foehringer Merchant | GreenTech Media Link to article Berkshire Hathaway’s Nevada utility announced three new projects, including what would be the largest solar plant in the U.S. NV Energy one-upped its huge 2018 solar and storage procurement on Tuesday, announcing three new solar projects totaling 1,200 megawatts paired with 590 megawatts of battery […]

Don’t let global warming hinder California’s climate goals

By V. John White | San Jose Mercury News Link to article California has proudly led the world as an environmental pioneer and renewable energy champion. Sadly, this does not make us immune to the devastating effects of global warming. The deadly, climate-driven wildfires that have ravaged communities and rendered the state’s largest utility company […]

Bailout doubt – PG&E faces bankruptcy amid California’s ‘first climate change-caused emergency’

By Herman K. Trabish | Utility Dive Link to article Stakeholders say few will benefit from bankruptcy, but alternatives have been dubbed “politically too hot to touch.” Barring a deal brokered by the new California governor, Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E), the state’s biggest electricity provider, will file for bankruptcy at the end of January. […]

California’s energy grid is in crisis. Can the state keep the lights on?

By Julie Cart CALMATTERS | Sacramento Bee Link to article Gretchen Bakke thinks a lot about power — the kind that sizzles through a complex grid of electrical stations, poles, lines and transformers, keeping the lights on for tens of millions of Californians who mostly take it for granted. They shouldn’t, says Bakke, who grew […]

Fires choke utility and U.S. asks: Who pays for warming?

By Benjamin Storrow | E&E News reporter Link to article “We’re seeing states all over the country act to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and plan for a low-carbon future. But what I don’t think people realize is how fast we need to adapt to climate change and its effects,” said V. John White, executive director […]

California set a goal of 100% clean energy, and now other states may follow its lead

By Sammy Roth | Los Angeles Times Link to article It’s been less than four months since California committed to getting all of its electricity from climate-friendly sources by 2045. But the idea is already catching on in other states. At least nine governors taking their oaths of office this month, from Nevada to Michigan […]

It was a bad year for carbon emissions, even in California

By Nathanael Johnson | gist Link to article Carbon emissions are rising in the the United States, and it looks like the golden green state of California is part of the problem. Despite putting up acres of solar panels, California’s electric system produced more greenhouse gases in 2018 than in the previous year. Link to […]