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New Opportunities for California Arise from Mega Cable Merger

In an earlier post, we talked about the FCC’s review of the Comcast-Time Warner Cable merger heating up with more than 65,000 comments filed this week. Folks in California may be interested to know that the California Public...more

CPUC Review of Comcast-TWC Merger Gives Cities & Schools Opportunity to Improve Broadband Services

The California Public Utilities Commission has decided to focus on the cost and availability of broadband services in its review of the proposed merger between the two largest cable and broadband providers in the state:...more

Governor’s Passion For Legislative CEQA Reform Has Waned, Contra Costa Times Reports After Mercury News Interview

On August 15, 2014, the Contra Costa Times reported on a wide-ranging interview of California Governor Jerry Brown conducted by the Mercury News opinion and editorial board on that same date. While largely devoted to other...more

Renewable Energy Update -- August 2014 #4

Renewable Energy Focus - Solar plant's downside? Birds igniting in midair: CBS News - Aug 19: Workers at a state-of-the-art solar plant in the Mojave Desert have a name for birds that fly through the plant's...more

Renewable Energy Update -- August 2014 #5

Renewable Energy Focus - Los Angeles' city-owned electric utility raises its energy efficiency ambitions: Energy Collective - Aug 13: The five-member Board of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) has...more

CPUC Opens Rulemaking to Incorporate Distributed Energy Resources Into Grid Planning Process for California's Investor-Owned...

On August 14, 2014, the California Public Utilities Commission (“CPUC”) issued an Order Instituting Rulemaking (“Order”) to establish policies, procedures, and rules to guide California investor-owned electric utilities...more

Public Participation Hearings on Rate Changes Start Next Month For SCE, PG&E and SDG&E Customers

The California Public Utilities Commission will begin holding a series of public participation hearings throughout the State to provide an opportunity for customers of the three major utility companies to address proposed...more

Supreme Court Denies Appeal of the Riverside Transmission Reliability Project CPUC Decision

The California Supreme Court denied the City of Jurupa Valley’s appeal of the California Public Utilities Commission’s decision on the Riverside Transmission Reliability Project. Given that the court denied review, the CPUC’s...more

CPUC Begins Work on Successor NEM Tariff

BB&K is Forming a Coalition to Represent the Public Agency Perspective on Renewable Energy Investments to the CPUC - The California Public Utilities Commission recently held a workshop with interested stakeholders...more

CPUC Clears the Way for Solar Battery Systems

Now that solar panels have popped up on roofs across California, one of the next challenges for unlocking their potential and integrating the energy that they produce into the grid is the development of batteries that can...more

Guest Post: The U.S. Government Continues to Have "Serious Concerns" with Canada's Heightened Patent Utility Requirements

While the United States and Canada share a border, common values and a strong commitment to international trade and security issues, many are surprised to learn that protection of intellectual property (IP) is a source of...more

CPUC Wants To Revisit Rideshare Insurance Regulations, — to the Chagrin of Lyft and Uber

The California Public Utilities Commission is looking to reconsider the regulations it set in 2013 on the issue of insurance coverage for rideshare companies that connect drivers and passengers via their mobile devices. The...more

California Energy Commission Announces New Funding Opportunities for Clean Tech Projects: Energy Efficient Technologies and Energy...

Over the last month, the California Energy Commission (CEC) announced the first in a series of 24 funding opportunities to support innovative energy technologies and solutions that will be released throughout 2014. Grants...more

California Public Utilities Commission Protects Net Metering Customers

A recent California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) decision will protect the net metering rights of existing distributed generation customers. Under Decision 14-03-041 (Decision), customers taking electric service under a...more

California's Utilities Must Lower Barriers to Energy Storage Systems

In a proposed decision issued today from the California Public Utilities Commission, an administrative law judge (ALJ) determined that energy storage devices (i) that are paired with net energy metering- (NEM) eligible...more

Procurement Opportunities Across North America Indicate That Energy Storage Technologies May Be Poised For Commercial Deployment

Across North America, investor-owned utilities (IOUs), publicly-owned utilities (POUs), and other load-serving entities are issuing unprecedented requests for proposals or offers (RFPs or RFOs) for advanced energy storage...more

Renewable Energy Update

Renewable Energy Focus - California’s plan to replace San Onofre nuclear energy: green success or natural gas giveaway?: Green Tech Solar News - Mar 14 -- The California Public Utilities Commission’s long-range plan to...more

CPUC Issues Decision to Protect Solar Customers for 20 Years

The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) recently ruled to protect all existing solar, biogas and wind customers under their current net-energy metering (NEM) contracts for a 20-year grandfathering period. The...more

CPUC Adopts Transitional Net Metering Rules for Pre-Existing Distributed Generation Systems

On Thursday, March 27, 2014, the California Public Utilities Commission established rules for transitioning distributed generation renewable energy systems from the current net energy metering (NEM) arrangement to the...more

California Utilities File Energy Storage Procurement Plans

In October 2013, California broke new ground in energy policy with an energy storage procurement mandate. The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) unanimously approved a decision (D.13-10-040 or the Decision)...more

New Energy Project Opportunities in Southern California Now Clearer

Opportunities to develop new energy projects in Southern Californi — whether conventional generation, renewable resource, demand response, or energy storage — became clearer last week as the result of an order issued by the...more

California Public Utilities Commission Approves New Resources in Southern California

On March 13, 2014, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) adopted D.14-03-004, which authorized Southern California Edison (SCE) to procure 500-700 MW of additional resources and San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) to...more

California Bill Would Create Cyber Security Commission

In recognition of the increasing threat that cyber-attacks pose to the state's infrastructure and the considerable costs that government and private sectors are estimated to spend on cyber security (more than $70 billion...more

The Hearsay Rule Matters In Calif. PUC Proceedings

On Feb. 5, 2014, the California Court of Appeal for the First District issued its decision in The Utility Reform Network v. Public Utilities Commission (TURN v. PUC), in which the court established a clear rule that hearsay...more

Privacy Monday – March 10, 2014

We hope that you remembered to “spring forward” over the weekend — Today’s Privacy Monday is a bit longer than usual – but an important read, particularly if you are a mobile app developer. California Public...more

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