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California Energy Markets
This Week in California Energy Markets
Updated: June 23, 2017
  • FERC Highlights Aliso Canyon Concerns in Summer Reliability Assessment...
  • CPUC Proposes Rulemaking to Evaluate Unpopular PCIA Charge...
  • Utah’s White Mesa Uranium Mill Seeks Waste Processing License Amendment...
Taking a Look at Solar Price Dispersion in the U.S.
Updated: June 16, 2017
Prices for solar-photovoltaic systems have dropped 50 percent since 2009, which has helped drive a nearly sixfold increase in residential and nonresidential installed solar capacity in the U.S. But that doesn't mean everyone is paying the same lower prices.
Clearing Up
This Week in Clearing Up
Updated: June 23, 2017
  • Northwest Delegation Urges CRT Negotiations; Chief U.S. Negotiator Leaving...
  • CAISO, Utilities Scramble to Cope With Heat Wave...
  • BPA Proposes to Implement Spill Surcharge in FY 2018, 2019...
Are Ratemaking Changes in Store in California?
Updated: June 16, 2017
A fundamental piece of any rate-setting proceeding before regulators is the utility's authorized rates of return. A recent white paper from the California PUC staff calls for a hard look at the mechanism the commission uses to set these, after it found that the actual rates of return were often higher. The goals of the commission, the authors say, are to authorize a return high enough to attract investor capital on the one hand, and low enough to minimize ratepayer's costs on the other. The question they pose is, "What is a fair return that reasonably balances and optimizes these offsetting goals?"
Western Price Survey
Western Grid Weathers Extreme Heat
Updated: June 26, 2017
Extreme temperatures sent demand soaring the week of June 19; however, ample renewables and demand-response programs helped California cope with conditions.


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