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The Largest EV Charging Program In North America

By Roy L Hales

screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3-43-47-pm1On February 9, 2015, Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) brought forward a proposal to install more than 25,000 EV charging stations within their territory. Readily embraced by environmentalists, the project faced opposition from ratepayers (questioning the value of this investment) and other electric service providers (who did not relish direct competition from a utility). Last October PGE reached a settlement with ten interested parties that reduced the project to almost a third of its’original size. Pointing out that “No proposal is supported by all parties, and no party supports all of the proposals made,”1 a California Utilities Comission (CPUC) judge brought forward a new proposed decision of his own. Only according to Tom Ashley, Greenlots’ head of government relations, the proposed terms for what is still the largest EV Charging program in North America “could have a chilling effect on utility investment in EV infrastructure.”

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  1. Proposed Decision of Administrative Law Judge Darwin E. Farrar, State of California Public Utilities Commission, Agenda ID #15334 Ratesetting, p 12

CPUC Rejected Net Metering Rate Increases

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1It has been two years since AB 327 brought the last conflict between California’s rooftop solar industry and the state utilities to an end.  California’s Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) was left to decide whether the utilities could impose demand charges, grid access charges, installed capacity fees, standby fees, or fees. A proposed ruling was made today. The CPUC rejected net metering rate increases.

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California’s State Assembly unanimously approved AB 825

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1California’s State Assembly unanimously approved AB 825, which is meant to bring increased transparency and independent oversight to the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC).

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The Battle For Carlsbad’s Power Is Not Over

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1The battle for Carlsbad’s power is not over.  San Diego Gas & Electric’s (SDG&E) proposal to replace the now retired San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS) with a $2.6 billion peaker plant is not popular in San Diego County. The City of Carlsbad tried to stop the developer, NRG Energy, from obtaining a license. According to Bill Powers, an electrical engineer and board member with a member of the Protect Our Communities Foundation (POC), “Solar installations on rooftops and parking lots are booming in San Diego and this solar serves the same need with no climate impacts.” A California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) administrative law judge, Halie Yacknin, recommended the commission wait until they had an opposing bid from the clean tech sector. The CPUC approved the project anyway, in a 4-1 vote on May 21.  The POC, Sierra Club California and California Environmental Justice Alliance are all expected to file an administrative application for a rehearing.

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Calling On The CPUC To Investigate SONGS Settlement

By Roy L Hales

Screen shot 2014-03-18 at 3.43.47 PMThe lives of more than 8 million Californians may have been put at risk, when the steam generators at San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS) malfunctioned. The subsequent California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) investigation failed to probe into the extent to which Southern California Edison (SCE) was responsible for the facilities “design errors.”  Now  the California Assembly Committee on Utilities and Commerce is calling on the CPUC to investigate the SONGS settlement.

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The Politics of Batteries for Power Storage in California

By Roy L Hales

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SolarCity spokesperson Will Craven said that about 500 of their California customers have agreed to install batteries for power storage, but the state’s three biggest utilities have only connected 12 since 2011. He decided to go to the press after Southern California Edison (SCE) said they were going to charge $2,900 to install a meter,  whereas SolarCity has found that an adequate meter can be purchased for between $75-150. The politics of batteries for power storage, in California, have greatly improved since Craven was interviewed by Bloomberg and PV Tech.
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CPUC Rules that Existing Solar Arrays are Grandfathered in

By Roy L Hales

The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC)decision was unanimous and in line with what Governor Jerry Brown intended, when he signed Assembly Bill 327 into law. Customers of Pacific Gas and Electric Company, San Diego Gas & Electric Company, and Southern California Edison Company all benefit. The CPUC rules that existing solar arrays are Grandfathered in and will sell electricity to the grid at current rates for 20 years.
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San Onofre Resolution discussed at Non Public Meeting

By Roy L Hales

The prospects for a San Onofre resolution will be discussed at non public meeting on March 27. Southern California Edison Company (“SCE”), San Diego Gas & Electric Co. (“SDG&E”), The Utility Reform Network, and the CPUC Office of Ratepayer Advocates will be present. So will Citizens Oversight (COPS) and the Coalition to Decommission San Onofre (CDSO), who hope to see rates reduced as much as 10% because of the savings resulting from San Onofre’s shut down.
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California’s New Energy Storage Initiative

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1After two and half years of debate, the California Public Utilities Commission (PUC) has finalized a decision that the state’s investor-owned utilities must begin buying a combined 200 megawatts of energy storage technology by 2014 and reaching 1.3 gigawatts (1,325 megawatts) by the end of 2020.
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Campo General Council Meeting Regarding Alleged Unauthorized Water Sales

By  Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1The Campo General Council will meeting on August 11 to consider what actions to take  against what some are calling unauthorized bulk water sales for the SDG&E’s East County substation project. Though Band Chairman Ralph Goff, Chairman of the Campo Band, and Marcus Cuero, President of the tribal corporation Muht-Hei, did give SDG&E their approval – it appears that may not have possessed the authority to speak for their tribe. Continue reading Campo General Council Meeting Regarding Alleged Unauthorized Water Sales