California Heads for 50% Clean Energy Production by 2020

California Heads for 50% Clean Energy Production by 2020

California’s major utilities are on track to meet or exceed the state’s target of 33% renewable energy by 2020 and investor-owned utilities project they will actually get to 50% by then, according to a new report from the California Public Utilities Commission. The state’s gains … Read more…

ALJ Ruling: Shell, Iberdrola Defrauded California Consumers of Over $1 Billion

The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) on April 13 said it applauded an Initial Decision issued by an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) on April 12, which found that Shell Energy North America (US)  defrauded California during the negotiations of … Read more…

California Approves New Net Metering Guidelines and ‘Aligns’ Fees

The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) voted 3-2 (Rulemaking 14-07-002) on January 28 to preserve solar net energy metering in the Golden State – enacting a successor tariff known as NEM 2.0 that the commission stated would continue the existing net metering structure “while making … Read more…

Controversial Two-Tier Rate Plan Approved in California

Following a 5-0 vote on July 3, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) has approved a plan that returns the Golden State to two rate tiers for power, with a 25 percent difference between them. The strategy also imposes a surcharge on “super” electricity users … Read more…

Solar-Friendly Rate for Commercial Customers Adopted in California

Solar-Friendly Rate for Commercial Customers Adopted in California

The California Public Utilities Commission approved Thursday a solar-friendly rate for medium and large commercial and industrial customers in the Pacific Gas and Electric Company and Southern California Edison’s service territories. As part of the decision, the CPUC approved the Option R rate, which was proposed … Read more…

Tools for Utilities to Comply with California’s Energy Storage Mandate

Tools for Utilities to Comply with California’s Energy Storage Mandate

Last week, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) proposed a mandate requiring 1.3 GW of energy storage statewide by 2020, and utilities are scrambling to submit plans by a January 2014 deadline that shows the energy storage resources they will tap to be compliant with … Read more…

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