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California Blackouts Said Caused by Poor Planning, Under-Used Natural Gas Supply

California Blackouts Said Caused by Poor Planning, Under-Used Natural Gas Supply

A failure for state agencies to conduct integrated planning and miscalculating natural gas supplies contributed to California’s rolling power blackouts during a severe heat storm last August, according to a multi-agency report. The California Independent System Operator (CAISO), California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) and California Energy Commission (CEC) in the report called for expanded oversight…

January 15, 2021
California Eyes 2021 for Advancing Electrification; Changes in Gas Use

California Eyes 2021 for Advancing Electrification; Changes in Gas Use

The new year is shaping up as the time California may show its cards to unleash the most aggressive climate change-driven energy agenda in the nation, which includes gas, but “natural gas” specifically is not included in the long-term plans. The California Energy Commission (CEC) is sharing responsibility on several decarbonization and electrification initiatives with…

January 4, 2021
California Resources Garners Climate Accolades; CEO Departing at Year-End

California Resources Garners Climate Accolades; CEO Departing at Year-End

California’s largest oil producer, which cleared Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization earlier this year, has gained national recognition for its decarbonization efforts just as its CEO Todd Stevens, 53, is leaving. Under the global environmental disclosure system administered by the non-profit Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP), California Resources Corp. (CRC) has received an “A-” rating for its…

December 28, 2020
California Rules Overstated Actual Capacity from Renewables During Blackouts, FERC Finds

California Rules Overstated Actual Capacity from Renewables During Blackouts, FERC Finds

The California Independent System Operator (CAISO) overestimated the capacity available from demand response and renewables during a period of rolling power outages in August, FERC staff said during a presentation Thursday. However, against the wishes of Chairman James Danly, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission during its monthly meeting voted 2-1 against a proposed order to…

December 18, 2020
California Natural Gas Demand Sees More Swings During Winter, Says EIA

California Natural Gas Demand Sees More Swings During Winter, Says EIA

California’s use of natural gas during the winter months doesn’t experience quite the dramatic ramp-up it does during the summer, but it experiences multiple peaks and valleys as it balances changes in electricity demand, according to data from the Energy Information Administration (EIA). EIA said natural gas use during the winter goes through two cycles…

December 14, 2020
Amid Shift Away from Fossil Fuels, California Led in Electricity Imports Among Lower 48 in 2019

Amid Shift Away from Fossil Fuels, California Led in Electricity Imports Among Lower 48 in 2019

Populous California, where officials have been pushing to move the energy mix away from natural gas and toward renewables, imported by far the most electricity of any state in the Lower 48 in 2019. The Energy Information Administration (EIA) in a research note Monday said the Golden State’s net electricity imports totaled 70.8 million MWh…

December 7, 2020
Two More California Cities Look to Go All-Electric as Natural Gas Bans Enacted

Two More California Cities Look to Go All-Electric as Natural Gas Bans Enacted

The city councils in Oakland and San Jose, CA, on Tuesday adopted natural gas bans in new residential and commercial buildings, joining dozens of municipalities in California and elsewhere around the country that have proposed or adopted similar measures. The Northern California city councils cited climate change as one reason to ban the use of…

December 3, 2020
California NGVs Said to Achieve Carbon Negative Intensity

California NGVs Said to Achieve Carbon Negative Intensity

The California Air Resources Board (CARB) said its measurement of renewable natural gas vehicle (NGV) portfolios earlier this year showed their carbon intensity was less than zero under the statewide low carbon fuels standard (LCFS).* In 2Q2020 data recently released, CARB said the renewable NGV fuel mix achieved a carbon negative status, marking a first for…

November 17, 2020
San Francisco to Ban Natural Gas in New Buildings Starting Next Year

San Francisco to Ban Natural Gas in New Buildings Starting Next Year

San Francisco’s elected board of supervisors on Tuesday agreed to ban the use of natural gas in new buildings beginning in 2021. The supervisors had imposed a gas ban earlier this year in new and remodeled municipal buildings, following the lead of a growing list of cities in California. At least 15 other cities in…

November 12, 2020
Trading Losses, Wildfires Put PGE in Red for Quarter

Trading Losses, Wildfires Put PGE in Red for Quarter

Wholesale energy trading losses of upward of $128 million pushed Portland General Electric (PGE) into reporting a loss for 3Q2020, but CEO Maria Pope indicated on an earnings conference call that the damage from the losses has been contained to the quarter and there will be no more impact in the months and quarters ahead. …

November 2, 2020
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