Archive Category : California News: Company News: Utilities (pous & Ious)

PG&E Presents Innovative Energy Storage Agreements

Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) this week expanded its commitment to clean energy by presenting its first 75MW of energy storage contracts to the California Public Utilities Commission for review and approval. California’s Energy Storage Decision requires investor-owned utilities to procure 1,325MW of storage by 2020. PG&E’s share is 580MW. Read More →

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From theory to practice: The challenges in moving to ‘Utility 2.0’

For all the theorizing about what the utility of the future will look like, real world examples of how to adapt current power sector business models to the new world of renewables and distributed resources can seem few and far between. While utilities often trumpet their new smart grid technologies, microgrid projects and storage pilots, actually working out how to make those solutions scalable and profitable can be a lot harder than it looks from the outside. Read More →

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Inside California’s energy politics, the FERC Order 745 case, and the coming storage cost shift

For many power sector observers, California utilities are the ideal partners for forward-thinking regulators looking to adapt the utility business model to the 21st century. California’s investor-owned utilities proclaim their commitment to clean energy technologies — utility executives from San Diego Gas & Electric, Southern California Edison, and Pacific Gas & Electric, provided apt examples in their keynotes at the Energy Storage North America conference in San Diego. All these announcements could logically lead observers to conclude that California utilities have been proactive partners in helping set California’s ambitious clean energy goals. Not exactly, two veteran state legislators told Utility Dive at the conference. Read More →

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8 Facts That Explain SDG&E’s Complicated Relationship With Rooftop Solar

Despite San Diego’s reputation as a solar mecca, San Diego Gas & Electric and the rooftop solar industry are consistently at odds. In some ways, the game is rigged for these two to be foes: Rooftop solar has grown rapidly with the help of incentives and mandates, forcing SDG&E to integrate it. Read More →

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PG&E Surpasses 10,000 Solar Customer Milestones in Bakersfield, Fresno and San Jose

Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) today celebrated connecting 10,000 solar customers each in three of California’s largest cities – Bakersfield, Fresno and San Jose – as part of PG&E’s milestone of connecting the 175,000th solar customer to its electric grid. These achievements, along with a new survey finding that 25 percent of Californians are considering solar panels for their home, underscore how quickly California residents are blazing a trail for solar adoption supporting a clean energy future. Read More →

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Southern California Edison To Buy Solar Energy From Borrego PV Projects

Southern California Edison (SCE) has signed power purchase agreements (PPA) with Borrego Solar Systems for the electricity generated from rooftop wholesale distributed generation (WDG) projects. Read More →

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Inside SoCal Edison’s Plan to Open Its Grid to Distributed Energy

Two years ago, California told its three big investor-owned utilities to do something they’ve never done before — make distributed energy resources (DERs for short) a fundamental part of their billion-dollar distribution grid investment plans. Read More →

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SCE Continues Encouraging Solar Development

Southern California Edison (SCE) this week issued a press release that describes the utility’s ongoing efforts to encourage and support the development and interconnection of solar projects within its service territory. Read More →

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SDG&E microgrid uses solar, storage to avoid outage in small town

SDG&E has pulled off what it believes is the nation’s first example of a renewables-fueled microgrid being used to provide power for an entire town in a real-world scenario. Read More →

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Solar Becoming ‘Least-Cost Option’ For US Utilities

Solar energy is fast becoming a “least cost” option for U.S. utilities. Declining technology costs, policy support and retail rate Read More →

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