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[CEM 1454 / September 15, 2017]

Lawmakers Shelve 100 Percent Clean Energy, Western Grid Expansion Bills Till Next Year

With little hope that supporters and opponents would agree by a Sept. 15 deadline on a bill package for the restructuring of the California Independent System Operator into a regional organization, the bills were pulled to give stakeholders more time to resolve questions. SB 100, a bill targeting 100 percent clean energy by 2045, is also being placed on hold until next year. One of the issues for the grid-expansion measure was what role the California Legislature would have in reviewing any proposed governance structure for a regional grid, but other concerns included impacts on in-state jobs and renewables development, and a lack of time to thoroughly vet the bills.

Aliso Canyon Wells Remain Off Line Due to Pressure Buildup

A number of wells at the Aliso Canyon natural gas storage facility have been taken out of service by Southern California Gas Co. due to a buildup of pressure within the casing of the wells during the first two weeks of resuming injection operations at Aliso. SoCal Gas reported pressure anomalies after personnel observed a buildup of pressure within the casing of 13 out of the 39 operational wells at the gas field. As SoCal Gas contends with the issue, a late-session bill amendment would mandate the Aliso field closes by 2028.

Peninsula Clean Energy Stocks Up on California-Based Solar Energy

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Peninsula Clean Energy is continuing to stock up on power supplies for its community choice aggregation program, with a new deal for 100 MW of solar power with San Francisco-based Recurrent Energy. PCE initiated generation service in October and now serves close to 300,000 accounts within all 20 municipalities and unincorporated areas of San Mateo County.

Also In California Energy Markets This Week . . .

  • Microgrids Seen as Strategic Part of California’s Grid
  • Potomac: Court Faults Coal Lease EIS on CO2
  • Judge Allows Plaintiffs in Ghost Ship Suit to Charge PG&E
  • BYD Looks to Recycle EV Batteries for Peak Shaving

       ...And Much More!

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