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LA Operator AllenCo Under More Scrutiny for Oil Facility Violations

LA Operator AllenCo Under More Scrutiny for Oil Facility Violations

The Los Angeles (LA) City Attorney has filed 25 counts against embattled exploration and production operator AllenCo Energy Inc. for alleged environmental, health and safety violations at an oil production facility. The wellsite has been under scrutiny by the Department of Conservation’s California Geologic Energy Management Division (CalGEM), which in March issued a remedial order…

August 6, 2020
PG&E, Tesla Begin Work on Landmark Battery Storage Project in Northern California

PG&E, Tesla Begin Work on Landmark Battery Storage Project in Northern California

Tesla Inc. and Pacific Gas and Electric Co. (PG&E) have begun construction of a 182.5 MW lithium-ion battery energy storage system (BESS) at the combination utility’s Moss Landing substation in Monterey County, CA. The megapack system is considered a landmark in developing and deploying utility-scale batteries. In late 2018 California regulators approved plans for Moss…

July 30, 2020
California Regulators Questioned About Electrification’s Impact

California Regulators Questioned About Electrification’s Impact

Three California lawmakers have asked the chief regulator to consider alternatives to electrification that could be more affordable for average and low-income consumers as part of the state’s attempt to decarbonize. Assembly members Jim Cooper, Patrick O’Donnell and Blanca Rubio, who represent working-class areas of Sacramento and Los Angeles counties, told President Marybel Batjer of…

July 28, 2020
Gas-Fired Peaking Generation No Longer Favored in California

Gas-Fired Peaking Generation No Longer Favored in California

The number of natural gas-fired peaking plants in California has increased sharply, to 79 from 24, in the first 15 years of this century, though none have been opened in recent years as the state increasingly moves to phase out fossil fuels to facilitate decarbonization. That trend is a reflection of one of the key…

July 23, 2020
California Resources Joins Coronavirus-Led Bankruptcy Filings by U.S. Operators

California Resources Joins Coronavirus-Led Bankruptcy Filings by U.S. Operators

California Resources Corp. (CRC), the state’s largest producer, late Wednesday joined a growing list of U.S. operators to seek Chapter 11 protection in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Texas. Excessive debt related to its spinoff from Occidental Petroleum Corp. (Oxy), as well as Covid-19’s impact on energy demand, were the principal…

July 17, 2020
California Wildfire Advisory Board Issues Guidelines for Next Year

California Wildfire Advisory Board Issues Guidelines for Next Year

Following a mandate in the state’s wildfire relief law, California’s Wildfire Safety Advisory Board has adopted utility guidelines for next year, stressing closer alignment of utility mitigation plans and state oversight authorities. Striving for a “holistic approach” to wildfire mitigation, the California Public Utilities Commission’s (CPUC) advisory board action fulfills provisions of a 2019 wildfire…

July 6, 2020
PG&E Throws Support Behind California Natural Gas Ban Movement

PG&E Throws Support Behind California Natural Gas Ban Movement

Following a movement to ban natural gas in new buildings that began in California and is spreading nationwide, San Francisco-based Pacific Gas and Electric Co. (PG&E) said it is in support, if it can be done in a cost effective way to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. The California Energy Commission (CEC), which previously ratified…

July 6, 2020
California Regulators Extend Aliso Canyon Investigation Another Year

California Regulators Extend Aliso Canyon Investigation Another Year

Pointing to the complexity of issues, California regulators on Thursday extended until late 2021 their investigation of Southern California Gas Co.’s (SoCalGas) role in the nation’s largest ever methane leak at the Aliso Canyon underground natural gas storage facility in 2015-16. Under state law, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) has 12 months to complete…

June 29, 2020
California OKs Microgrid Program for Planned Wildfire-Related Power Outages

California OKs Microgrid Program for Planned Wildfire-Related Power Outages

California regulators last Thursday approved a multi-billion-dollar microgrid program accelerating short-term actions to lessen the impact of planned wildfire preventive grid shutdowns by the state’s major investor-owned utilities (IOUs).

June 15, 2020
PG&E Defends Wildfire Preparedness in California Review

PG&E Defends Wildfire Preparedness in California Review

Pacific Gas and Electric Co. (PG&E) officials on Monday defended their enhanced preparedness for lowering the risks of wildfires this year after being criticized at a hearing of the California Senate’s Energy, Utilities and Communications Committee.

June 10, 2020
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