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Google’s Pole Attachment Rights in California on Hold for Now

The California Public Utilities CPUC (CPUC) released a Proposed Decision on February 20, 2015 denying a petition by Google Fiber Inc. (Google) to modify the CPUC’s Video Service Provider Decision or DIVCA Order. Google’s...more

California Environmental Law & Policy Update - April 2015 #2

Environmental and Policy Focus: Desperate from drought, California turns to desalination: Bloomberg - Apr 8: As California battled its last severe drought in the early 1990s, Santa Barbara spent $34 million on a...more

California Updates Existing Utility Pole Rules to Improve Safety and Reliability

The California Public Utilities Commission (“CPUC”) released a unanimous decision amending the rules governing design, construction, and maintenance of outdoor overhead power and communication lines. The 16 amendments are...more

Renewable Energy Update - April 2014

Renewable Energy Focus: Short staffing at LADWP blamed for slow solar rollout - KPCC - Mar 27: Los Angeles has the largest municipal solar program in the country, but its growth is being limited by backlogs at the Los...more

Energy Storage Conference Offers Lessons Learned and Path Forward

The “Storage Week 2015? summit held in San Diego, CA this week brought together policymakers, regulators, electric utility executives, system vendors, consultants, and other stakeholders to discuss the remarkable progress...more

Applying for California Minority-Owned Business Entity Certification: Process & Benefits

We were pleased to announce this week that client Southern Ute Alternative Energy, LLC received certification as a Minority-owned Business Entity (MBE) from the California Supplier Clearinghouse.  Southern Ute Alternative...more

Will 2015 Be “Just Right” For Energy Storage?

Much like the “holy grail” to which it is often compared, cost-effective and readily deployable energy storage technologies have always seemed to be out of reach. Developments in recent years, however, suggest that 2015 may...more

Charging Forward: California PUC Expands Utility Role in EV Charging Infrastructure Deployment

Yesterday, in a final decision that has not yet been issued, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) overturned its blanket prohibition on utility ownership of electric vehicle (EV) service equipment (such as EV...more

Energy Storage Update: 2014 California Storage RFO

Orrick and Clean Energy Pipeline have launched a series of reports dedicated to exploring investment opportunities and challenges in the global renewable energy sector. In the first issue, we analyzed the investment...more

California Public Utilities Commission to Approve Grant Program to Promote Broadband Internet for Public Housing

Application Submission Scheduled for Mid-December Through Mid-January - The California Public Utilities Commission is scheduled to approve the California Advanced Services Fund Public Housing Broadband Grant Guidelines...more

SCE Selects Suppliers for 261 MW in Energy Storage

Southern California Edison (SCE) announced the suppliers and projects it has selected for the largest grid-connected energy storage purchase in U.S. history. This energy storage procurement is more than five times greater...more

Energy Storage Alert: California Public Utilities Commission Approves Utility Energy Storage Procurement Plans

At its business meeting yesterday, the California Public Utilities Commission (“Commission”) unanimously approved procurement plans for Southern California Edison, San Diego Gas and Electric and Pacific Gas and Electric to...more

Why Including The Year Of Enactment Can Be Important

Several provisions of the California Corporate Securities Law of 1968 need to be brought up to date. Section 25100(i) is one of them. That section exempts from the qualification requirements of Sections 25110, 25120 and...more

California Reauthorizes Self-Generation Incentive Program (SGIP) through 2020 and Begins to Implement Program Changes

On September 23, 2014, California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC or Commission) President Michael Peevey issued a Ruling which sets forth a process to implement changes to the Self-Generation Incentive Program (SGIP)...more

CPUC Determines Carpooling Services of Uber, Lyft and Sidecar Violate California Law

The California Public Utilities Commission recently sent letters to transportation network companies Uber, Lyft and Sidecar asking them to cease operations of their new carpooling features, on grounds that the companies are...more

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

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