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Grid security group calls for declassified threat information, new federal agency focused on resilience

A new report from the National Commission on Grid Resilience (NCGR) calls for declassifying and giving utilities greater access to information about threats facing the United States' electric system, to better protect critica…

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Federal judge orders PG&E to recruit inspectors as CPUC considers future of safety investigation

The federal judge supervising Pacific Gas & Electric’s (PG&E) criminal probation on Friday ordered the utility to recruit in-house inspectors to oversee its vegetation management processes, along with other requirements aimed…

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New Analysis Details How Electrifying the US Economy by 2035 Could Create 25 Million Green Jobs

Mobilizing for a Zero Carbon America envisions a dramatic transformation of the nation's power, transportation, building, and industrial sectors by 2035 to meet the global heating goals of the 2015 Paris climate agreement …

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California regulators consider proposal to incorporate climate planning into utility rate cases

If the proposed decision is approved, utilities would need to submit reports on their exposure to temperature, sea level, wildfire and other climate risks, as well as measures to mitigate them, to the California Public Utilit…

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PG&E exits bankruptcy, but long-term wildfire risk could put it ‘back in the soup’

Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) and its parent company PG&E Corp. emerged from Chapter 11 bankruptcy last week, after a 17-month long reorganization process — but experts say the utility is still exposed to the wildfire risks t…

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California approves landmark zero emission truck rule amid push to meet state environmental goals

The California Air Resources Board (CARB) unanimously passed its Advanced Clean Trucks (ACT) Regulation, following a public hearing Thursday. "By 2045, every new truck sold in California will be zero-emission," CARB said in a…

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Should the US beef up cybersecurity rules for distributed resources? FERC solicits public input

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Wednesday published a notice of inquiry (NOI) on cybersecurity issues, including how "a coordinated cyberattack on geographically distributed targets" could disrupt the grid and pot…

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DC to LA: Electrify America completes nation’s first cross-country EV fast charging corridor

EV drivers looking to go cross country will have two options by the end of summer, according to Electrify America. The company, which runs the largest open DC fast charging network in the U.S., says it is in the process of bu…

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House Democrats release sweeping climate proposal calling for net-zero US emissions by 2050

The 547-page staff report from the House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis outlines a plan for the U.S. power sector to reach net-zero carbon emissions by 2040, allowing an economy-wide reduction through building, transp…

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‘A critical milestone’: PG&E first gas-electric IOU to publicly support California’s all-electric construction

Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) supports efforts to promote all-electric new construction, when feasible and cost-effective, as part of a 2022 update to California's energy code, the utility said in a letter filed with the Cali…

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SCE, Sunrun partner on solar+storage virtual power plant pilot to drive down peak demand

SCE aims to address multiple problems through this program, including encouraging customer adoption of solar-plus-storage. The utility's "Pathway 2045" goals for carbon neutrality require 110 GW of solar and 40 GW of storage …

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California utilities, regulators aim to hasten microgrid deployment ahead of wildfire season

California utilities have their work cut out for them this summer in light of several new requirements and deadlines issued by the CPUC. But the new orders could also open opportunities for community and residential storage p…

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Utility ransomware attacks becoming more sophisticated, new ‘honeypot’ operation finds

Boston-based security firm Cybereason created a fake industrial control network designed to look like an electricity company with operations in North America and Europe and watched as hackers broke in within three days by com…

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Falling renewable, storage costs make 90% carbon-free US grid feasible by 2035, UC Berkeley finds

Building out renewables to achieve this target will add more than 500,000 jobs per year as well as $1.7 trillion in investments into the economy, without raising customer bills, the report found. …

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Amidst Pandemic, Global Energy Demand Projected to Fall But Renewable Energy Experiences Growth

Unforeseen side effects of lockdowns and social distancing methods to combat the spread of the coronavirus include decreased energy demand and drops in pollution levels around the world. This year, the world may experience a …

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Powering EVs is cheaper than diesel, gas in the largest US cities — Atlanta and Boston are exceptions

In 21 of the 25 largest U.S. cities, running electric vehicles saves on energy costs, but in Atlanta, Boston, Detroit and San Antonio, running EVs is more expensive than fleets with internal combustion engines, according to a…

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Developer plans to build hydrogen plant that runs on waste in Southern California

SGH2 and the city of Lancaster have signed a memorandum of understanding according to which the city will co-own the hydrogen facility and provide it with a guaranteed feedstock of recyclable waste. The city is estimated to s…

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Trump Administration approves NV Energy’s 690 MW, 1.5 GWh Gemini solar+storage project

The Department of Interior's Bureau of Land Management (BLM) approved the Gemini solar-plus-storage project on Monday. It is expected to be the eighth largest solar project in the world and could power up to 260,000 homes, ac…

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California utility SCE awards 770MW of battery contracts to help replace ageing natural gas plants

The projects will help solve reliability issues anticipated to impact on the California grid when a number of aging natural gas power plants reach their retirement, as well as helping to integrate larger shares of renewable …

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Trump’s grid security executive order will create vendor ‘black list,’ complicate equipment sourcing

The President on Friday signed an executive order halting the installation of bulk-power system (BPS) equipment "designed, developed, manufactured, or supplied, by persons owned by, controlled by, or subject to the jurisdicti…

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California eyes expedited microgrid deployment to help with fire season power shut-offs

California's upcoming wildfire season is likely to bring more power shut-offs during the fall, CPUC Commissioner Genevieve Shiroma said in a statement. "Microgrids using independent energy supply can provide essential backup …

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Judge calls PG&E vegetation work ‘sloppy and unreliable,’ imposes new conditions on the utility

Alsup said the utility's practice of outsourcing vegetation management work "remains sloppy and unreliable" and required PG&E to employ its own inspectors to identify tree branches that are too close to its power lines. PG&E …

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Community-scale renewables poised for boost as California nears PURPA compliance again

Community-scale renewable energy projects in California could get a much needed boost as the state’s energy regulator updates its compliance with the federal Public Utility Regulatory Policy Act (PURPA) and considers restarti…

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Secretive group’s petition to FERC could ‘end net metering as we know it,’ lawyers say

A recent filing submitted to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission could "end net metering as we know it," according to legal experts. The petition from the New England Ratepayers Association (NERA) asks FERC to "declare …

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In New York, a New Way for Stay-at-Home Customers to Get Paid for Shaving Peak Energy

New York is struggling with the country’s worst coronavirus outbreak, but it’s also pushing ahead on its ambitious clean energy goals. Those include programs that can turn utility customers from passive consumers into active …

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Resiliency: An earning opportunity for the greater good of customers and utilities

When it comes to resiliency, climate change and the resulting fluctuations in weather events are changing the game for utilities. In 2018, six U.S. states broke wildfire records and California saw its deadliest and most destr…

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COVID-19 hits clean energy jobs, but storage companies could be ‘bucking the trend’

The COVID-19 pandemic is causing industry-wide job losses, but many storage developers are optimistic they won't have to reduce their workforce, according to a survey conducted by the U.S. Energy Storage Association (ESA).…

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Ahead of the EV pack: How other states can replicate New Jersey’s legislative success

Providing a lucrative rebate offer for prospective EV buyers will undoubtedly increase the amount of EVs on the road. As New Jersey is among the top 10 states in terms of electric vehicle adoption per capita, the incentives p…

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Los Angeles County will construct 400-MWh lithium battery to aid in closing gas-powered plants

Southern California electricity provider Clean Power Alliance (CPA) inked its first Energy Storage Agreement (ESA) this week. Approved by the CPA Board of Directors on April 2, the 100-MW Luna Storage standalone battery stora…

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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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