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Certain California Residents will See Increases in their Utility Bills

By: Marivic Cabural Summers | The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) decided to revise the fee for certain utility customers across the state. On Thursday, the CPUC said the revised fee called Power Charge Indifference Adjustment (PCIA) will affect Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) and Direct Access customers. These California residents will see increases in their … Read more

Northern California utility says it will turn the lights off when fire risk spikes

By: Dale Kasler | PG&E has long resisted the idea of shutting off electrified power lines to prevent wildfires, saying the public safety risks of putting communities in the dark was too high. Until now. Stung by accusations that its power lines may have sparked last October’s disastrous wine country fires, Pacific Gas and Electric … Read more

California hits solar power record: Meets nearly half demand

By: Rod Walton and Jeff Postelwait | The portion of solar energy used on the California grid hit a record Sunday by supplying nearly half of demand, according to the California Independent System Operator. California ISO reported on its Twitter feed that the all-time peak percentage of demand served by solar hit 49.95 percent at 12:58 … Read more

California, Illinois and Texas lead grid modernization efforts

By: Frank Andorka | A new report, released ahead of a conference on grid modernization, lauds California, Illinois and Texas as the three top states leading the grid modernization revolution in the United States. The fourth annual Grid Modernization Index (GMI-4) report, a collaboration between the GridWise Alliance and Clean Edge, ranks all 50 states and … Read more

PG&E pushing for ratepayers to pay millions in California wildfire costs

By: Paul Rogers | Fearing billions of dollars in future liability, PG&E has been aggressively urging state regulators to make it easier for the company to charge ratepayers — rather than its shareholders — when its power lines and other electrical equipment cause wildfires. Top PG&E executives met as recently as last week to lobby … Read more

PG&E pushing for ratepayers to pay millions in California wildfire costs

By: Paul Rogers | Fearing billions of dollars in future liability, PG&E has been aggressively urging state regulators to make it easier for the company to charge ratepayers — rather than its shareholders — when its power lines and other electrical equipment cause wildfires. Top PG&E executives met as recently as last week to lobby … Read more

PG&E cited for late maintenance work more often than other state utilities

By: David R. Baker | California regulators auditing Pacific Gas and Electric Co.’s work in the field cited the company for late repairs and maintenance jobs far more frequently than any other electric utility in the state, according to documents made publicin the wake of this month’s deadly Wine Country fires. But the utility, whose … Read more