Tag: California

Electric Utility, Public Utilities

The search for the next net metering policy takes center stage in California

December 23, 2020

Via: Utility Dive

California’s long-awaited proceeding on distributed solar compensation may offer important answers to new questions about the costs of renewables that will come with the Biden energy transition. Net energy metering (NEM) compensates distributed solar owners for generation exported to the […]

Electric Utility, Public Utilities

PG&E’s Latest Energy Storage Procurement Includes Fleet of Behind-the-Meter Batteries

December 23, 2020

Via: Greentech Media

Pacific Gas & Electric is asking state regulators to approve another massive round of energy storage procurements, including its first large-scale contract for behind-the-meter batteries to serve grid needs. The six projects announced Wednesday add up to 387 megawatts and […]

Electric Utility, Public Utilities

California Faces Big Challenges to Microgrid Plans for Wildfires and Outages

December 10, 2020

Via: Greentech Media

California regulators and utilities want to build microgrids for communities most at threat from the state’s increasingly deadly wildfires, and the widespread public safety power shutoff (PSPS) grid outages meant to prevent them. But despite policies to fund and enable […]

Public Utilities, Public Water System

California’s Critical Role in Promoting Clean Water Infrastructure

December 7, 2020

Via: American Infrastructure

Clean water infrastructure in California is big. We are home to the Los Angeles Hyperion Water Reclamation Plant, the largest wastewater treatment facility west of the Mississippi, and the Orange County Groundwater Replenishment System, the world’s largest water reuse project. […]

Health & Insurance, Social Services

As LA County Sets New Infection Record, State Leaders’ Behavior Sends Mixed Messages

December 3, 2020

Via: Kaiser Health News

California, like the rest of the nation, is seeing a dramatic rise in COVID infections and deaths — and Los Angeles County has some of the most dire statistics. Health officials reported more than 7,500 new cases in the county […]

Electric Utility, Public Utilities

California regulators race to implement demand response, other measures to avert 2021 blackouts

November 16, 2020

Via: Utility Dive

The California Independent System Operator (CAISO) initiated rolling blackouts that affected hundreds of thousands of customers this summer after a record-breaking heatwave swept across the Western U.S., leading to a spike in energy demand. The operator simultaneously faced other issues […]

Electric Utility, Public Utilities

So, What Exactly Is Long-Duration Energy Storage?

October 26, 2020

Via: Greentech Media

Long-duration storage occupies an enviable position in the cleantech hype cycle. Its allure has proven more durable than energy blockchain, and its commercialization is further along than super-buzzy green hydrogen. Depending on who you talk to, long-duration storage technology can […]

Infrastructure, Public Works

California Targets Nearly $400M to Fill Gaps in EV Charging Infrastructure

October 16, 2020

Via: Greentech Media

The California Energy Commission is putting a “down payment” of $384 million over the next three years on the electric-vehicle charging and zero-emission vehicle infrastructure needed to meet Governor Gavin Newsom’s pledge to end sales of new gasoline-powered cars by […]

Basic Services, Public Transport

California School District Switches to Renewable Diesel-Powered Buses

October 12, 2020

Via: Waste360

The Twin Rivers Unified School District near Sacramento achieved a major milestone in its climate action plan by switching 75 diesel-powered school buses to run on renewable diesel fuel provided by Neste. As a result, the district’s fleet is now […]

Electric Utility, Public Utilities

California’s Interconnection Rules Open Doors to Flexible Solar-Storage, Vehicle-to-Grid Charging

September 30, 2020

Via: Greentech Media

California has more distributed energy resources (DERs) than any other state, pressuring it to find ways to integrate them into the grid. The interconnection rules that tell developers of rooftop solar, behind-the-meter batteries and electric vehicle chargers how much time […]