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California Energy Markets / This Week
[CEM 1463 / November 17, 2017]
Legal Troubles Mount for PG&E in Wine Country Wildfires
A slew of new lawsuits—including one from former San Francisco Mayor Frank Jordan—filed against Pacific Gas & Electric on Nov. 14 allege that the utility’s failure to maintain its infrastructure and surrounding vegetation contributed to the deadliest wildfires in California’s history. The utility suggested in a legal filing that a private company’s equipment, or a possible arsonist, could be behind the blaze.
SFPUC Powers Up for Major Expansion of CCA Program
The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission has short-listed more than half a dozen potential energy suppliers in advance of a major expansion of the city’s community choice aggregation program, CleanPowerSF. The SFPUC issued requests for offers for a variety of products including energy, environmental attributes, and capacity from new and existing renewable energy resources for contract terms of one to 25 years, as well as shaped energy supplies and resource-adequacy capacity. Several firms are vying for both contracts.
Report: California a Decade Ahead of RPS Goal
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The California Public Utilities Commission’s 2016 renewables portfolio standard report found that the state’s electrical corporations are on track to meet the 50 percent RPS target in 2020, 10 years ahead of schedule. However, the report also raises concerns about some of the challenges the energy sector will face going forward, including departing load, ratepayer costs and limited jurisdiction over alternative energy providers.
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