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PG&E reaches deal with Newsom, pleads guilty to involuntary manslaughter as bankruptcy reorganization deadline nears

Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) has reached an agreement with California Gov. Gavin Newsom over his concerns about the utility's bankruptcy exit plan, a development that is "the final component of [PG&E's] comprehensive restruc…

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California risks going seriously off course this week on its path to a zero carbon power sector

It appears that the CPUC, at its upcoming March 26 business meeting, may adopt a greenhouse gas emissions target for 2030 that defers emissions-critical, near-term decisions and fails to put the state on a trajectory to achie…

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Utilities beginning to see the load impacts of COVID-19 as economic shutdown widens

Five to seven days after Italy's lockdown began, the country saw an 18% to 21% reduction in peak demand and energy use on a year-over-year basis, according to EPRI data. The demand decline began with a more modest 10% reducti…

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Lead batteries make innovation push to better compete for energy storage projects

The Consortium for Battery Innovation is requesting bids for research projects from universities, companies and other institutions into ways to increase the efficiency of lead batteries to make them a more economic storage te…

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California proposes 10-year transportation electrification planning process for SCE, other IOUs

The state is aiming to put five million zero-emission vehicles (ZEV) on the road by 2030. As per the energy division's proposal, utilities would file their 10-year plans in 2021 and the CPUC would formally adopt them in 2022.…

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This is no Hollywood tale: SimpliPhi CEO Catherine Von Burg is taking on storage’s 800-pound gorilla

One of the most significant reasons that cobalt is still being used, despite its toxicity and safety-related concerns, is entrenched supply chains and companies, along with its cost advantage, she told Utility Dive in an inte…

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CPUC proposes guidelines for safety shut-offs, finds ‘serious deficiencies’ with PG&E reporting

The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) last Thursday proposed additional guidelines for utilities deploying wildfire-related public safety power shut-offs (PSPS) — including requiring them to re-energize affected a…

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At a crossroads: The connected future of EVs, solar, energy storage and software

As a new decade dawns, there's cause for optimism that the 2020s will see the transition to clean energy accelerate. Prices of renewable energy and battery technologies are at an all-time low, and the number of electric vehic…

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Los Angeles commits to 100% electric sanitation fleet by 2035. Other cities aren’t ready to follow

The Los Angeles Bureau of Sanitation (LASAN) committed last week to transitioning to a zero-emissions fleet by 2035, a major goal for the country's second-biggest city. Director Enrique Zaldivar made the announcement during a…

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PG&E is betting heavily on microgrids. But can it move away from fossil fuels?

In December, PG&E issued a request for offers for distributed generation-enabled microgrid services that could power targeted locations during future safety shut-offs, as well as provide broader reliability to its electric sy…

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8minute forms equity partnership with Capital Dynamics for largest US solar+storage project

8minute Solar Energy announced on Tuesday a long-term equity partnership with a global private asset management firm for the development of the largest U.S. energy storage and solar project, expected to be completed in 2023.…

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California’s 2020 legislative session: The ‘wild, Wild West’ of bills targeting PG&E

California lawmakers are kicking off the 2020 legislative session with plans to introduce bills targeting the operations and deployment of public safety power shut-offs by Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) and other utilities.…

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California has big clean energy ambitions, and is looking for better energy storage to realize them

The California Energy Commission (CEC) is putting up to $11 million on the table for developers of energy storage technologies other than lithium-ion batteries, according to a solicitation launched last month.…

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Storage will replace 3 California gas plants as PG&E nabs approval for world’s largest batteries

The California Public Utilities Commission on Thursday approved four energy storage projects for Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) to replace retiring gas generators, including two batteries that would be the largest in the world…

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Solar + wind + storage developers ‘gearing up’ as hybrid projects edge to market

Though no full-scale hybrid projects co-locating both resources and energy storage have been built in the U.S. and few are online around the world, the U.S. renewables industries are taking on barriers such as interconnection…

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The Wasatch Group, sonnen, and Rocky Mountain Power Launch First of a Kind All-Electric Apartment Community, including Battery Storage for Utility Grid Management

The Soleil Lofts apartment community in Herriman, Utah.

The unique partnership between sonnen, the Wasatch Group and Rocky Mountain Power provides a first-of-a-kind network of solar powered battery storage systems, better known as a Virtual Power Plant (VPP), fully managed by…

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‘Simple Laws of Economics’ Doom Remaining US Coal Plants as Solar and Wind Are Now Cheaper for American Households

California wind and solar cheaper

In propping up the coal industry, the Trump administration is not only contributing to dangerous pollution, fossil fuel emissions, and the climate crisis, it is also now clinging to a far more expensive energy production mode…

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Solar Power for All: Madison, Wis. Provides Solar Grants for Low-Income Residents

Low income solar in Madison Wisconsin

In Madison, Wis., wealth is no longer a prerequisite for adding solar panels on your roof. The city’s new Backyard Solar grant program helps low-income residents and neighborhood organizations participate in the solar energy …

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In Norway Electric Vehicles Outsold Gasoline Cars for First Time in History and Other EV Success Stories

Electric Vehicles in Norway outsold gasoline cars

One way to boost the ecological benefits of driving an EV even further is to manufacture these cars using net carbon zero techniques. Audi’s factory in Brussels aims to do just that.…

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Governor Brown Signs 100 Percent Clean Electricity Bill, Issues Order Setting New Carbon Neutrality Goal

Reaffirming California’s global climate leadership, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today signed Senate Bill 100, authored by Senate President pro Tempore Emeritus Kevin de León, setting a 100 percent clean electricity goal...…

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