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San Jose Without PG&E? Mayor Wants to Explore City-Owned Utilities

Maggie Angst, Bay Area News Group Summary One week after California’s biggest utility cut power to hundreds of thousands of residents , Mayor Sam Liccardo says he wants to explore a San Jose without Pacific Gas and Electric. Last week’s blackout aimed at reducing the risk of wildfires in...


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Microgrid Provides Critical Services Throughout Northern California During Power Shutdown

Newswise Summary Newswise — Blue Lake Rancheria Microgrid Provides Critical Services throughout Northern California Power Shutoff A groundbreaking microgrid developed to provide renewable power and energy resiliency for the Blue Lake Rancheria was put to the test during the recent statewide...


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Duke Energy to Build Its First Large Battery in South Carolina

Julian Spector, GreenTech Media Summary Duke Energy has promised major investment in energy storage for its Carolina territory. It took another step toward substantiating that promise by designing a battery project to back up a South Carolina community center. The 5-megawatt/5-megawatt-hour...


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'This Did Not Go Well': Inside PG&E's Blackout Control Room

Ivan Penn, The New York Times Summary SAN FRANCISCO — It was a problem that California had come to dread. Weather models were signaling extreme winds and dry conditions from one end of the state to the other. The risk of wildfires was high. Pacific Gas & Electric, the giant utility whose...


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PG&E Cut Power for Hundreds of Thousands in Northern California

CNN In an attempt to avoid sparking a wildfire, California's largest utility intentionally cut power to hundreds of thousands of customers Wednesday, and power isn't likely to be restored for days, the company said. Pacific Gas & Electric started the shutoff early Wednesday, leaving...


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ConEd, 8 other utilities challenge Trump's energy rule, repeal of Clean Power Plan

Robert Walton, Utility Dive Summary President Obama's Clean Power Plan garnered criticism for its reach, which went beyond individual plant upgrades and allowed generators to reduce emissions by adding renewable resources. The EPA argues that its new rule corrects regulatory overreach, but...


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Electric Power Supply Association: PJM Policy to Add $5.7B Cost to Capacity Market? We Don't Think So

Electric Power Supply Association Summary WASHINGTON, Sept. 10 -- The Electric Power Supply Association issued the following news release: Utility Dive recently published an article highlighting an August 2019 analysis released by Grid Strategies that found a strong application of the minimum...


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Using Electricity at Different Times of Day Could Save Us Billions of Dollars

David Roberts, Vox Summary For most of the 100-plus years that the electricity grid has been around, grid managers had control over the supply of power but not the demand for it. Like the weather, or the tides, electricity consumption could be reasonably well predicted , but it couldn’t be...


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Tough Summer for the Power Grid. But the Microgrids are Working

Elisa Wood, Microgrid Knowledge Summary Severe heat and storms across the US this summer have strained the electric grid and caused extensive power outages. But the microgrids are working. Consider what happened on July 20 in northeast and north central Wisconsin when a thunderstorm knocked...


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BCUC Establishes Process for Inquiry into the Regulation of Municipal Energy Utilities

British Columbia Utilities Commission, Globe Newswire Summary VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Aug. 01, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- By Order G-177-19 , dated August 1, 2019, the British Columbia Utilities Commission (BCUC) has established an inquiry to examine the regulation of energy utilities...