Tag: California

Infrastructure, Public Works

Paradise Lost: Reimagining the California Dream With Community Microgrids

May 6, 2019

Via: Greentech Media

The firestorm disaster that wiped out an entire town last year has made it clear that the paradise that once was California is in serious jeopardy. However, the horrific Camp Fire in the community of Paradise presents an opportunity to […]

Basic Services, Emergency Services

Rejecting the ‘new normal,’ California eyes technology solutions to wildfire risks

May 2, 2019

Via: Utility Dive

California is a global leader in technology, so it stands to reason that we’re focusing more on technological solutions to help overcome the growing threat from frequent and deadly wildfires. Over the past two years, California has endured a number […]

Oil & Gas, Public Utilities

The Next Frontier for Demand Response: Natural Gas

April 26, 2019

Via: Greentech Media

This year’s polar vortex in the Midwest and Northeast strained our grid systems and compelled many utilities in the regions to ask customers to conserve energy. These extreme weather events tend to focus our collective attention on potential weaknesses in […]

Electric Utility, Public Utilities

California Bill Proposes a Backstop Authority to Secure State’s Power Grid Needs

April 17, 2019

Via: Greentech Media

Amid a flurry of energy, environmental, wildfire and Pacific Gas & Electric bankruptcy-related bills emerging for this year’s legislative session, California lawmakers are also grappling with a complicated, yet critical issue — how to secure the energy resources needed to […]

Electric Utility, Public Utilities

California utilities support centralized renewables procurement proposal, but urge caution

April 10, 2019

Via: Utility Dive

California has aggressive environmental goals, but more renewable resource procurement by community aggregation groups has complicated the question of reliability for IOUs charged with delivering the energy. The proposed decision, issued March 18, noted that while IOU customers have “historically […]

Oil & Gas, Public Utilities, Waste Management

California Refuse Vehicles Go Full Circle with Redeem RNG

March 14, 2019

Via: Waste360

Clean Energy Fuels Corp. announced an increased demand for renewable natural gas (RNG) from the refuse sector, particularly in California, where refuse trucks are fueled by the very solid waste they haul. The city of Fresno signed a two-year agreement […]

Electric Utility, Public Utilities

US Energy Storage Broke Records in 2018, but the Best Is Yet to Come

March 5, 2019

Via: Greentech Media

The U.S. energy storage industry delivered record deployments in 2018, driven by a strong fourth quarter for utility-scale projects. But the new achievement for the young industry pales compared to what’s to come: an expected doubling in 2019, followed by […]

Electric Utility, Public Utilities

California regulators tee up changes to utility distributed storage programs

February 28, 2019

Via: Utility Dive

The proposed decision from ALJ Stevens illustrates increasing scrutiny on utility proposals to own emerging distribution grid technologies like energy storage, microgrids, vehicle chargers and more. In this case, California’s three large investor-owned utilities proposed projects to meet AB 2868, […]

Public Utilities, Waste Management

California Households Waste $1,000-plus Worth of Food Every Year

February 6, 2019

Via: Waste360

Based on a survey of nearly 3,200 U.S. households, Klein Kitchen and Bath has found that California households are among the most wasteful in the country when it comes to food. According to the survey, Californian households waste more than […]

Electric Utility, Public Utilities

Twice Burned, Once Shy—Why Californians Should Be Wary of Bailing Out PG&E Again

January 21, 2019

Via: Greentech Media

The last time Pacific Gas & Electric declared bankruptcy, in 2001, its customers paid billions of dollars in higher rates while company creditors and shareholders lost little. In that case, PG&E’s losses were largely due to deregulation and marketplace manipulations […]