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Advocates push for clean energy tax credits to help low-income households in federal budget bill

A new coalition of more than 350 environmental groups, renewable energy companies and minority advocates is pushing for House Democrats to maintain tax language increasing clean energy access for low-income communities in the…

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Our approach to expanding electricity infrastructure isn’t working. It’s time for a different conversation.

Most analyses find that to decarbonize U.S. energy and achieve our climate goals we'll need to double or triple the size of our electricity transmission system by 2050. That means building new power lines and electricity infr…

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Generator manufacturer Briggs & Stratton acquires energy storage firm SimpliPhi Power

Under the acquisition, SimpliPhi will continue to produce and offer its own products through existing distribution channels and partnerships as well as working through Briggs & Stratton's distribution. SimpliPhi CEO Catherine…

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Solar could be 40% of US generation by 2035, but it needs more investment, White House report finds

Citing an as-yet unreleased analysis by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, the report indicates that deployment of solar must accelerate to three to four times its current rate by 2030 in order to decarbonize the elect…

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PG&E equipment may be linked with another Northern California wildfire, utility reports

Pacific Gas & Electric's (PG&E) equipment may have been involved with a new Northern California wildfire that had burned more than 40,000 acres as of Monday, according to a report that the utility filed with the California Pu…

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As utilities risk missing carbon reduction targets, analysts stress need for organizational change

"Duke Energy reduced coal use in part because of activist customers and stakeholders. But regulations and legislation are also needed because utilities with strong profit motives have perverse incentives to obtain guaranteed …

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California approves 11.5 GW of new clean resources in largest-ever single procurement order

The new resources are intended to prepare the state for more extreme weather and help replace the 2.2 GW Diablo Canyon nuclear plant, which will be shuttered by 2025, as well as 3.7 GW of natural gas plants that also are slat…

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PG&E, BMW smart-charging pilot highlights potential for electric vehicles as grid resource

An electric vehicle (EV) charging pilot Pacific Gas & Electric and BMW managed in Northern California helped drivers use an additional 1,200 kWh of renewable energy annually, provided other grid benefits and cut greenhouse ga…

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Exposing the utility playbook: Ratepayers are stuck paying the bill for utility corruption

We've long known that unregulated monopolies necessarily lead to higher costs, less efficiency and limited innovation. The very nature of our monopoly electric utility model leads to companies who are beholden to their shareh…

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Installing solar panels over California’s canals could yield water, land, air and climate payoffs

Shading California’s canals with solar panels would generate substantial amounts of electricity. Our estimates show that it could provide some 13 gigawatts of renewable energy capacity, which is about half of the new sources …

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California’s dilemma: How to control skyrocketing electric rates while building the grid of the future

Protecting ratepayers as California transitions to distributed energy resources (DER) and economy-wide electrification "will require aggressive actions," according to a report released by CPUC Staff in February.…

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Washington OKs bill setting path to 100% EVs by 2030, prods utilities to prep for grid impacts

The legislation would also create a mapping tool to help utilities predict EV adoption and load impacts in their service territory, said Matthew Metz, co-executive director of Coltura, a non-profit that led a coalition of org…

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SCE turns to 400 MWh AES storage facility, facing summer reliability concerns

AES Corporation's Alamitos battery energy storage system, a 400 MWh standalone storage facility that came online in Southern California Edison's (SCE) footprint last month, will play a role in bolstering grid reliability duri…

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With 10-Point Declaration, Global Coalition of Top Energy Experts Says: ‘100% Renewables Is Possible’

Setting out to rebut defeatist and cynical claims that transitioning the entire global energy system to 100% renewables by 2035 is infeasible, a group of dozens of leading scientists from around the world unveiled a joint dec…

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‘Not slowing down’: Solar will be cheapest power resource in US by 2030: WoodMac

Based on developing technology already in the pipeline, a new report by Wood Mackenzie projects that solar costs will fall another 15-25% over the next decade, potentially making solar the lowest-cost power resource in all…

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California approves PG&E, SDG&E, SCE microgrid tariffs with eye to upcoming fire season

The tariffs with PG&E, SCE and SDG&E have new rules in place to reduce barriers to microgrid development. The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) ordered the utilities last summer to submit reports and plans on new …

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California federal legislators press SoCalGas on reported efforts to ‘undermine’ California’s climate goals

Cal Advocates says its investigation has found that SoCalGas was involved in numerous campaigns to promote natural gas use in California, "often using surrogates to obscure the fact that SoCalGas was responsible for these cam…

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100% solar, wind and batteries is just the start — the ‘super’ power they produce will change the world

Imagine having an energy system that generates three times more electricity we use today for a fraction of the cost (even free!) while generating no greenhouse gases or toxic waste. Imagine repatriating and growing energy-hun…

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Carbon capture and storage could reduce California emissions 15%, save $750M a year: report

California’s geological structure, which includes thick layers of sand and shale, as well as other factors, offer the potential to store 60 million tons of carbon dioxide — equal to total emissions from the state's electricit…

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‘What the Future Can Look Like’: Study Shows US Switch to 100% Renewables Would Save Hundreds of Billions Each Year

The report shows that a complete switch to clean energy sources like solar and wind would not only put the U.S. on a path toward zero emissions, but would also save each household $1,050 to $2,585 yearly on utility bills.…

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Tesla unveils new EV battery design, but Musk downplays vehicle-to-grid application

Tesla on Tuesday unveiled a new electric vehicle (EV) battery design featuring improvements to density, cost per kilowatt-hour and manufacturing efficiency, but the company also cautioned that at-scale production of the new b…

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FBI warns Russia is probing energy sector cyber systems as threat to industrial control technology grows

Russian hackers have been probing the internet systems of critical infrastructure providers and the energy sector in particular has seen an increase in distributed denial of service attacks this summer, according to business …

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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‘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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