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  • Palo Alto looks to require electric vehicle circuitry in new homes

    09/28/2013 10:11:23 AM PDT · by ProtectOurFreedom · 45 replies
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | 9/28/13 | Jason Green
    Hoping to play a bigger role in the electric vehicle revolution, the Palo Alto City Council embraced a proposal Monday night that would require new homes to come pre-wired for chargers. Council members were unanimous in their support for the building code change, which was floated in a colleagues' memo by Mayor Greg Scharff, Vice Mayor Nancy Shepherd and Council Member Gail Price. The city council also backed related proposals to streamline the process for obtaining a permit for a charger as well as develop strategies to further encourage electric vehicle use in Palo Alto. "Let's figure out as a...
  • Did Obama endorse rolling blackouts? ( Remember Gray Davis...Gov of California...Yikes!)

    08/05/2008 3:49:43 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 9 replies · 208+ views
    Hot Air ^ | August 5, 2008 1:30 pm | Ed Morrissey
    Barack Obama repeated his call for a 15% reduction in electrical demand in Youngstown, Ohio, and held California up as a model for the rest of the nation to follow. Claiming that the Golden State made great strides towards efficiency, Obama apparently forgot the travails California went through: Finally, I will call on businesses, government, and the American people to meet the goal of reducing our demand for electricity 15% by the end of the next decade. This is by far the fastest, easiest, and cheapest way to reduce our energy consumption – and it will save us $130 billion...
  • California grid urges conservation amid heat and fires

    07/07/2008 8:02:53 PM PDT · by Brilliant · 25 replies · 194+ views
    Reuters ^ | 7/7/08 | Bernie Woodall
    With fires still causing concern among California power grid operators, this week brings high heat that may lead to near-record electricity demand throughout the state, the grid manager said on Monday. The California Independent System Operator asked consumers to curb their power use in the peak 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. period Tuesday through Thursday as the grid nears capacity. The Cal ISO manages lines owned by the three big investor-owned utilities that handle 80 percent of the state's power flow. "This is going to be the first significant heat wave of the summer," said Cal ISO spokeswoman Stephanie McCorkle....
  • Howard Kaloogian: Now we know who created Calif. energy crisis

    07/05/2008 1:36:43 PM PDT · by calcowgirl · 13 replies · 244+ views
    The Providence Journal ^ | July 3, 2008 | Howard Kaloogian
    Howard Kaloogian is a lawyer and a former member of the California State Assembly. GITMO AND GUNS are getting all the press. But energy mavens are talking about another recent far-reaching — but little noted — U.S. Supreme Court decision on the California energy crisis: It took them seven years but they finally figured it out. The revisionist part of the story is well known: Big bad oil traders like Enron gamed the market and drove up energy costs fifteen-fold. The blackouts, insolvent utilities and economic chaos are remembered as the worst energy crisis in American history. But the Supreme...
  • CA: Obscure veto threatens $3 billion loss to state from power settlements (EOB veto boo-boo?)

    06/12/2008 2:34:39 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 3 replies · 151+ views
    Capitol Weekly ^ | 6/12/08 | John Howard
    When Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger used his veto power to eliminate the obscure Electricity Oversight Board, he put at risk $3 billion in state funds – money due the state from settlements with power merchants who victimized California during the electricity crisis. The governor’s 2007 action removing the EOB also means oversight over the state’s electricity grid is likely to be placed under the control of the PUC, which would entail a significant expansion of the authority of the Public Utilities Commission. This maneuvering comes amid an intensifying power clash between the Legislature and the Public Utilities Commission, led by president...
  • How Media and Attorney General Demonized Power Companies During 2001 California Energy Crisis

    12/31/2006 11:30:58 AM PST · by WayneLusvardi · 11 replies · 597+ views
    The Pasadena Pundit ^ | December 31, 2006 | Wayne Lusvardi
    How Media and Attorney General Demonized Power Companies During 2001 California Energy Crisis The Pasadena Pundit Below is an excerpt from "Can Electricity Restructuring Survive? Lessons from California and Pennsylvania" in Electric Choices: Deregulation and the Future of Electric Power (2006) by Andrew N. Kleit. (At the peak of the California Energy Crisis)"...on January 17, 2001, Duke Power offered to operate an inefficient and polluting (fossil fuel) generator for $3,880 per megawatt hour with most of the proposed fee representing a 'credit premium,' because it estimated that there was only a 20% chance that it would ever get paid. The...
  • Brush Fire Near Gorman [CA] Threatens Power Plant

    08/13/2006 2:35:08 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 15 replies · 1,380+ views
    KCAL9/CBS2 ^ | Aug 13, 2006 2:21 pm US/Pacific
    CBS) GORMAN, Calif. Firefighters battled a two alarm brush fire in Gorman whose flames were threatening a nearby power plant. "There is a power plant that is less that 200 yards from the fire. It's (the fire) going in that direction now," said Los Angeles County Fire Department Inspector Stan Padilla. Fire personnel were dispatched at 12:34 p.m. to the scene off the northbound Golden State (5) Freeway near Lancaster (138) Road at Quail Lake. No injuries were reported and the approximate number of acres burned was not immediately known.
  • CA: Appeals court orders feds to revisit energy-market manipulation (9th Circus)

    08/02/2006 12:31:16 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 6 replies · 451+ views
    AP on Bakersfield Californian ^ | 8/2/06 | David Kravets - ap
    A federal appeals court ordered energy regulators Wednesday to consider ordering stiffer penalties for power companies that manipulated the market and caused blackouts during the 2000-2001 energy crisis. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's 2003 handling of some of the fallout from California's energy crisis was "arbitrary, capricious and an abuse of discretion." The state has sought reimbursement for an estimated $8 billion to $10 billion paid by consumers and businesses for overpriced power. FERC ordered energy companies, including several subsidiaries of bankrupt Enron Corp., to pay about $3 billion for market manipulation....
  • California's record power demand shocks energy officials - DWP

    07/28/2006 9:12:42 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 66 replies · 1,345+ views
    A record-setting thirst for power during the heat wave that has scorched the state this month caught Department of Water and Power officials by surprise, the Los Angeles Times reported Friday. Before this week, the utility's highest peak energy use was recorded at 5,661 megawatts. A stretch of 100-plus temperatures this week, however, created a demand that set a new all-time high of 6,165 megawatts - shocking DWP officials who predicted power usage wouldn't top 6,100 megawatts for four years. "They didn't even believe our customers could ever put such a load on our system - that we could even...
  • {West Coast} Power company asks public to chill out on energy use

    07/27/2006 12:17:17 PM PDT · by thackney · 9 replies · 413+ views
    The News-Review ^ | July 27, 2006 | The News-Review
    The demand for electricity has gone up right along with the temperature outside. As a result, Pacific Power is encouraging customers to reduce electricity consumption. Power companies, responding to widespread heat along the West Coast, are facing short electricity supplies and transmission constraints. Further action might be needed at some point, according to a Pacific Power release, to reduce pressure on the regional power grid. The public will be notified if such actions are necessary. In the meantime, Pacific Power, which has nearly 43,000 customers in Douglas County, recommends a number of ways to reduce energy consumption in homes and...
  • CA: Power plant construction lags projected 2008 need

    07/26/2006 10:26:11 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 12 replies · 519+ views
    Mercury News ^ | 7/26/06 | Sarah Jane Tribble
    California has approved 18 power plants to be built in the next few years, but only two are under construction and will cover only half of the expected growth in peak energy demand state officials are predicting by 2008. Five years after the state's power crisis, anxiety over insufficient supply stems from a more cautious power market in which generators want to be sure they can sell the energy they produce before spending billions on new plants. Energy experts warned that the record-setting heat wave alone should not spur a power plant boom. The two plants being built will add...
  • Heat Stretches California Power Network to the Limit(25k without power in City of LA)

    07/25/2006 3:07:37 PM PDT · by BurbankKarl · 11 replies · 486+ views
    LA Times ^ | 7/25/06 | By Sharon Bernstein, Patrick McGreevy and Marc Lifsher, Times Staff Writers
    Southern California was struck with a new round of power outages Monday as demand for electricity stretched the state's supply and the aging system of local lines and transformers continued to fail in the face of a record heat wave. The demand for electricity was so great that California's power regulators asked some businesses to cut back their power usage. The state narrowly avoiding rolling blackouts as temperatures moderated slightly — a cooling trend expected to continue today. Officials were more immediately concerned about the nearly 1,000 transformers atop power poles and in underground vaults that have been overwhelmed in...
  • CA: Little risk to Schwarzenegger of blackouts, thanks to Gray Davis

    07/21/2006 8:15:49 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 32 replies · 1,265+ views
    ap on Riverside Press Enterprise ^ | 7/21/06 | Laura Kurtzman - ap
    SACRAMENTO Despite a midsummer heat wave that has pushed energy use to an all-time high this week, experts say Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger probably does not have to fear the blackouts that ended former Gov. Gray Davis' political career. And he has Davis to thank for that. The long-term contracts Davis signed, at great political cost, guarantee plentiful energy for the next few years at what now look like good rates. "In an interesting twist of fate, he's benefiting from the decisions that his predecessor suffered for," said Frank Wolak, a Stanford economist who specializes in energy. "The terrible contracts" Davis...
  • CA: Don't forget: Politicians share blame with Lay for energy debacle

    07/07/2006 9:40:23 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 18 replies · 969+ views
    Sac Bee ^ | 7/7/06 | Dan Walters
    The purveyors of revisionist political history are back at work this week, inspired by the death of Enron Corp. founder -- and convicted felon -- Kenneth Lay to revive the myth that were it not for Enron and Lay, California wouldn't have experienced its 2001 energy crisis. ... --snip-- Attorney General Bill Lockyer had the good manners to remain silent about Lay's death from heart disease three months before he was to be sentenced for lying to mask the failing company's condition. It was Lockyer who in 2001 told an interviewer that "I would love to personally escort Lay to...

    01/17/2006 6:37:04 PM PST · by SmithL · 11 replies · 716+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 1/17/6 | David R. Baker
    The order came late in the morning on Jan. 17, 2001. Faced with shrinking electricity reserves, California officials at 11:40 a.m. ordered the first statewide rolling blackouts of the energy crisis. Blocks of homes and businesses throughout Northern California suddenly lost power. Lights died, elevators stopped in their tracks, computer screens went black. The crisis had been building for months. But on this day five years ago, the full scope of the disaster finally became clear. By the day's end, Gov. Gray Davis had declared a state of emergency and ordered the state Department of Water Resources to start buying...

    12/21/2005 6:21:25 AM PST · by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin · 13 replies · 703+ views
    The Houston Chronicle ^ | 21 December 2005 | TOM BECKER and JIM POLSON
    Calpine Corp., the power plant owner saddled with more than $17 billion in debt, filed for bankruptcy protection Tuesday after soaring natural gas prices left it unable to make loan and bond payments. The filing in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in New York followed the ouster of top executives after they lost a fight with bondholders over using asset sale proceeds for plant fuel. "I would expect bondholders to receive about par following an abbreviated bankruptcy," Jon Kyle Cartwright, director of research for BOSC in Clearwater, Fla., said in an interview Tuesday before the filing. "I would expect them to be...
  • California Transmission Emergency

    12/21/2005 12:55:41 PM PST · by Robert357 · 28 replies · 1,482+ views
    Cal ISO website & Oasis site ^ | 12/21/05 | California Independent Syst Operator
    The California ISO hereby issues a Southern CA Region TRANSMISSION EMERGENCY Notice for loss of a major transmission line within the Southern |portion of the CAISO Control Area effective 12/21/2005 11:36 through 12/21/2005 23:59 based on conditions as of 12/21/2005 11:41. Reason: Major transmission line forced out of service. Monitor system conditions on the California ISO Website at and check with local electric utilities for additional information. This message was sent by Market Operations at the California ISO.
  • CA: Calpine's Troubles Rooted in Power Crisis

    12/19/2005 11:20:13 AM PST · by calcowgirl · 22 replies · 687+ views
    LA Times ^ | December 19, 2005 | Michael Hiltzik
    Californians are known to love a good, gory accident scene, but for those of us who like our violent smashups to be more metaphorical than real, the 2000-01 electrical power crisis is the gift that keeps on giving. The latest near-corpse about which the paramedics are hovering is Calpine Corp. At this writing, the San Jose power company is wheezing toward an expected bankruptcy filing in January, possibly followed by extinction. On Nov. 29 its founder and chief executive, Peter Cartwright, and its chief financial officer, Robert Kelly, were dismissed by the board of directors. Because they were leaders of...
  • Twelve plaintiffs reach settlement with SRE in class-action lawsuit. (Sempra Energy Co.)

    10/31/2005 10:00:03 AM PST · by granite · 392+ views
    Roger Ziemer at Southern California Gas Company. | Sun Oct 30 11:08:50 2005 | Steve Baum
    We want to provide you with an update from our Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Steve Baum, on the class-action lawsuit that began last week. Our employees have been made aware of this settlement as well. Yesterday (Saturday, Oct. 29, 2005), we released a media statement to alert the public that Los Angeles County and 11 other plaintiffs in the class-action, anti-trust lawsuit against Sempra Energy, Southern California Gas Company and San Diego Gas & Electric agreed to settle for an undisclosed amount. As you know, trial began last week on the lawsuit which stems from the energy crisis of...
  • Another California energy crisis looms, draft report warns

    09/16/2005 9:59:01 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 47 replies · 974+ views
    ap on San Diego Union Tribune ^ | 9/16/05 | Don Thompson - ap
    SACRAMENTO – Four years after electricity prices soared and blackouts rolled across California, the state is in danger of another energy crisis – this one involving gasoline and natural gas as well, said a draft report Friday. The state is a captive of its own geographic and regulatory isolation, separated by miles and mountains from many refineries and fossil fuel sources. Moreover, the state sets stricter fuel standards to trim air pollution, driving up prices and limiting availability as is evident in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, said the California Energy Commission. "California's way of life is threatened by its...
  • CA: Faulty Sensor Cited as Cause of Blackouts ~~ new substation....problems in SoCal listed

    08/27/2005 8:08:56 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 5 replies · 642+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | August 27, 2005 | Rong-Gong Lin II and Marc Lifsher, Times Staff Writers
    The malfunction at a Sylmar transfer facility, which affected 500,000 customers, points out a vulnerability in the power delivery system. The first rolling blackouts in California since the power crisis of 2001 were caused by a faulty sensor at a new power transfer station in Sylmar, raising concerns about how such a relatively minor glitch could leave nearly 500,000 customers without electricity. The $118-million facility, operated by the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, was opened with much fanfare last fall. But officials now believe a malfunction in a sensor that monitors a cooling system at the station triggered...
  • Sensor Glitch Caused Calif. Power Shutdown

    08/26/2005 4:35:12 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 9 replies · 444+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 8/26/05 | Alex Veiga - AP
    LOS ANGELES - A major transmission line feeding electricity to millions of Southern California customers shut itself off because of a faulty sensor, triggering scattered blackouts in the middle of a heat wave, officials said Friday. The Thursday afternoon outages, lasting about 30 minutes, affected about 500,000 Southern California Edison customers in several communities east and south of Los Angeles. "There was an oil flow alarm that went off," said Carol Tucker, a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, which co-owns the transmission line. "Upon checking into it, we determined that there was no problem with...
  • CA: Rolling Blackouts LA

    08/25/2005 4:16:43 PM PDT · by BurbankKarl · 191 replies · 7,123+ views
    8/25/05 | me
    Just heard on LA County Fire frequency that 1 hour blackouts have been instituted....not sure whats up
  • Enron to pay $1.5 billion settlement to three western states

    07/15/2005 11:29:54 AM PDT · by calcowgirl · 6 replies · 515+ views
    AP - San Diego Union-Tribune ^ | Jul 15, 2005 | JENNIFER COLEMAN
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- Bankrupt energy company Enron has agreed to pay $47.5 million in cash in a settlement that could reach more than $1.5 billion to resolve claims that it gouged California and other western states during the 2000-2001 energy crisis. The settlement will end market manipulation and price gouging claims against the once high-flying Houston-based company, California Attorney General Bill Lockyer said. The agreement requires approval by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. In addition to the cash payment, Enron will provide California with an unsecured claim for $875 million in the energy company's bankruptcy proceedings. Oregon and Washington...

    06/29/2005 6:01:08 AM PDT · by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin · 7 replies · 575+ views
    CBS Market Watch ^ | 29 June 2005 | Padraic Cassidy
    NEW YORK (MarketWatch) - Calpine Corp. said Wednesday it would sell all its remaining oil and gas properties to an indirect subsidiary for about $1.05 billion. Under the terms of the deal Rosetta Resources Inc., wholly owned by Calpine, will issue 45.3 million shares worth $725 million in a private placement. The proceeds, together with a $325 million in a new credit facility, will be used to buys all of Calpine's domestic oil and gas exploration and production assets. Shares of San Jose, Calif.-based Calpine (CPN: news, chart, profile) rose 5.83% in pre-opening trade Wednesday to $3.81. Calpine said the...
  • Energy Officials Warn of Summer Electricity Woes (FERC comments at SF electricity conference)

    06/03/2005 9:52:11 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 8 replies · 562+ views
    LA Times ^ | 6/3/05 | Bloomberg/Reuters wires
    California and federal energy officials warned Thursday that the electricity system in Southern California would face hard times this summer, especially if the weather was unusually hot, and that next summer might be even rougher. The southern half of the state "is the worst electricity supply situation in the entire country," Joseph Kelliher, a member of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, said at an electricity conference in San Francisco. "It's indisputable that there are problems, and some problems have remained for some time," he said. FERC Chairman Patrick H. Wood III, reflecting on the chaotic blackout days of the California...

    05/25/2005 10:48:39 AM PDT · by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin · 7 replies · 572+ views
    CBS Market Watch ^ | 25 May 2005 | Jim Jelter
    SAN FRANCISCO (MarketWatch) - Merchant power company Calpine Corp. unveiled Wednesday an ambitious plan to knock $3 billion from its heavy debt load by the end of the year, one year sooner than earlier targeted. The plan, which aims to lower the company's annual interest payments by $275 million and trim $200 million from its annual operating costs, also includes selling up to eight power plants and shuttering others that are not turning a profit. Shares of the San Jose, Calif.-based electricity provider surged 53 cents, or 27%, on the news to $2.51. Calpine (CPN: news, chart, profile) , struggling...
  • Lockyer's Criminalizing of Energy Firms under California's Alice in Wonderland Antitrust Laws

    05/23/2005 7:41:35 AM PDT · by WayneLusvardi · 2 replies · 526+ views ^ | May 23, 2005 | Wayne Lusvardi
    Lockyer's Criminalizing of Energy Firms Under California’s 'Alice in Wonderland' Antitrust Laws Almost 45 years ago current Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan prophetically wrote: “The world of antitrust is reminiscent of Alice in Wonderland: everything seemingly is, yet apparent isn’t, simultaneously. It is a world in which actions designed to limit competition are branded as criminal when taken by businessmen, yet praised as ‘enlightened’ when initiated by the government. It is a world in which the law is so vague that businessmen have no way of knowing whether specific actions will be declared illegal until they hear the judge’s verdict...
  • Unspin: Behind the hatred of nuclear power: quasi-religious certitude

    05/22/2005 9:45:04 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 19 replies · 630+ views
    The Orange County Register ^ | Sunday, May 22, 2005 | Chris Reed Columns editor The Orange County Register
    The Issue: Edison’s push to invest $680 million in the San Onofre nuclear power plant, to keep it open – and providing power to 2.2 million homes – for at least another 17 years. The Spin: It’s a crazy idea, say Sierra Club-types in O.C. and beyond, because nuclear power is “inherently dangerous” and always has been.The Unspin: Few issues do a better job of showing that modern environmentalism is a secular religion – one driven by a faith in absolutes – than nuclear power.*****************************************************
  • CA: Governor cautions fed - Letter supports state's right to limit LNG terminals.

    05/19/2005 7:55:52 PM PDT · by calcowgirl · 13 replies · 528+ views
    Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on Tuesday threw his weight behind Long Beach and other coastal communities in a critical fight between California and the federal government. At stake is the state's authority to approve liquefied natural gas terminals and other coastal energy developments. In direct opposition to the Bush Administration, Schwarzenegger formally declared his support for states' rights when it comes to LNG terminals. In a letter to members of the Energy Committee, the governor stated his opposition to pending legislation that would grant the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission final approval of LNG sites. Officials in Long Beach, where an LNG...
  • Is the California Wholesale Energy Market Slowly Deregulating?

    05/18/2005 8:35:58 AM PDT · by WayneLusvardi · 1 replies · 424+ views ^ | May 18, 2005 | Wayne Lusvardi
    Is the California Wholesale Energy Market Slowly Deregulating? Written by Wayne Lusvardi Wednesday, May 18, 2005 “Why is there only one monopolies commission? -- Anonymous The recent report that Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has committed California to a 1,300-mile interstate power line project called the Frontier Line begs the question: “is California slowly deregulating electricity anyway after the so-called failed experience with energy deregulation in 2001?” (see “Importing power, fostering pollution – 4-state electric line encourages coal-fired plants”) If California has subtly deregulated wholesale electricity markets it is one of the quietist pieces of news in the press who continue to...
  • Governor Schwarzenegger proposes sweeping merger of energy departments

    05/10/2005 3:07:57 AM PDT · by FairOpinion · 5 replies · 425+ views
    KESQ ^ | may 10, 2005 | News
    SACRAMENTO Governor Schwarzenegger has proposed a sweeping merger of the state's energy departments. In an effort to eliminate overlap and fragmentation of the state's energy system, Schwarzenegger has proposed consolidating four state agencies under a new Cabinet-level Secretary of Energy. The reorganization plan is intended to centralize decision-making and improve accountability. The Independent System Operator, which manages most of the state's power grid, is not included in the reorganization plan. Some industry analysts call the proposal a good idea that has been long overdue. But Democrats call the governor's ideas a grab for more control. The plan is expected to...
  • Schwarzenegger appoints Republican businessman to PUC

    05/02/2005 5:25:54 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 3 replies · 408+ views
    Monterey Herald ^ | 5/2/05 | Michael Liedtke - AP
    SAN FRANCISCO - Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger filled a four-month-old vacancy on the influential California Public Utilities Commission on Monday by appointing John Bohn, a fellow Republican with a diverse background in finance, law, technology, public relations and the government. Bohn, 67, is expected to be sworn in before the PUC's Thursday meeting, giving the state's top energy and telecommunications regulator a full slate of five commissioners for the first time this year. Schwarzenegger picked Bohn after a previous appointment of another Republican businessman, Steve Poizner, fell through. Poizner was never sworn in to the PUC because he held telecommunications investments...
  • CA: State power supply stretched to limit - It'll take some luck to avoid summer blackouts

    04/28/2005 9:35:00 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 10 replies · 631+ views
    The Press-Enterprise ^ | 4/27/05 | Leslie Berkman
    California should have enough power to get through this summer without blackouts -- as long as nothing goes wrong. Keepers of the state's power grid say supplies are stretched so thinly that a widespread heat wave or wildfire could mean homeowners and businesses may once again wait their turn for the lights to go out. Rolling blackouts -- planned power outages that are "rolled" from area to area to protect the power grid when electricity supplies are critically low -- became part of Californians' life during the state's power crisis four years ago. Explosive growth in areas far from cooling...
  • Is Regulated Electricity Anti-Green?

    04/28/2005 10:14:20 AM PDT · by WayneLusvardi · 12 replies · 654+ views ^ | April 28, 2005 | Wayne Lusvardi
    Is Regulated Electricity Anti-Green? Solar power makes more sense if electricity is market priced - the political ramifications of solar power Severin Borenstein of the University of California Energy Institute has come up with a sophisticated study that proves common sense. Solar energy doesn't make much economic sense in a system where the retail price of electricity is socialized (i.e., costs averaged over every hour of the day per season and then spread across all customers or classes of customers) such as in California. But if electricity was real time priced by the hour of the day, as is being...
  • California Pays 31% premium on Electric Power deals!

    04/15/2005 8:53:50 AM PDT · by Robert357 · 8 replies · 518+ views
    Energy User News ^ | 3/18/2005 | EUN staff
    First paragraph at end..... While the market hub known as Mid-C or Mid-Columbia is only seconds away from Southern California on the DC Intertie, Platt's reports that traders require a 31% risk margin for transactions in California's administered markets versus transactions in the Pacific Northwest's open markets. The language in the Office of Management and Budget proposal is not clear whether the intention is to raise BPA's wholesale rates to market rates on the West Coast or to bring rates to national levels. The proposal to bring rates to national levels would make little sense as a market solution, because...
  • CA: Decision means natural gas prices would stay high

    04/15/2005 8:43:26 AM PDT · by calcowgirl · 28 replies · 646+ views
    Ventura County Star ^ | April 15, 2005 | Thomas D. Elias
    It's a pure travesty for a state agency to lock in a future of high prices for millions of California consumers when its specific mission is to protect those consumers. Yet, that is just what a recent natural gas decision by the California Public Utilities Commission would do. Besotted by the idea of high-tech foreign liquefied natural gas entering California via a group of coastal receiving terminals, the commission has authorized the state's largest gas companies to give up their rights to a huge amount of reserved space on two of the three largest pipelines now bringing gas into the...
  • California asks 9th Circuit to order $6 billion in energy refunds

    04/13/2005 7:22:16 PM PDT · by calcowgirl · 7 replies · 595+ views
    AP - San Diego Union Tribune ^ | April 13, 2005 | Seth Hettena
    SAN DIEGO – California asked the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Wednesday to order more than $6 billion in refunds for overcharges on electricity during the state's 2000-2001 energy crisis. "Equity and just and reasonable principles demand we get paid," said Stan Berman, who argued California's case before a three-judge panel. California has asked the court to step in because the state contends that federal energy regulators have failed to protect consumers. Berman said the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, instead of seeking market-wide relief, is running a "shell game" with scores of proceedings against power marketers that deny California...
  • CA: Edison seeks OK for new power line ~~ Nuke Power from Arizona....

    04/13/2005 10:25:48 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 13 replies · 617+ views
    Orange County Register ^ | Wednesday, April 13, 2005 | The Associated Press
    ROSEMEAD – Southern California Edison Co. has applied to build a 230-mile, high-voltage transmission line between Phoenix and Palm Springs. The Rosemead-based utility, a unit of Edison International, Tuesday said the Devers-Palo Verde 2 Project will provide California customers with 1,200 megawatts of electricity generated in Arizona. The company expects the project to cost $680 million and be in operation by summer 2009.
  • CA: Energy Quest Sets Up Power Struggle ~~ Power from Nevada

    04/10/2005 10:07:33 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 13 replies · 685+ views
    The Los Angeles Times ^ | April 10, 2005 | Miguel Bustillo, Times Staff Writer
    Nevada showdown pits coal plant proponents against advocates of renewable resources. L.A. is seen as playing a key role in the outcome. About 100 miles north of Reno, outside a desert town named Gerlach — whose slogan is "where the pavement ends and the West begins" — a quarrel is simmering that highlights the competing visions for the future of electricity production in the United States. And in a curious political twist, Los Angeles may find itself playing a deciding role in the dispute, a showdown between "green power" and coal power. Near the site of the annual Burning Man...
  • Congress wants FERC to rule on LNG terminals

    04/07/2005 8:59:36 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 4 replies · 461+ views
    San Diego Union -Tribune ^ | 4/7/05 | Toby Eckert - CNS
    WASHINGTON – As California officials assert their authority in court over liquefied natural gas terminals, Congress is moving to make it clear that federal regulators have the final word on where the sometimes-controversial facilities are located. An energy bill being crafted by a House committee would solidify the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's role in approving the growing number of proposed LNG facilities nationwide, proponents say. Some of the terminals, including several proposed for California, have encountered strong opposition from residents worried about accidents or terrorist attacks involving the highly explosive fuel. Senate energy subcommittee Chairman Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., introduced similar...
  • California eyes cap-and-trade plan to trim greenhouse gases

    04/06/2005 6:53:27 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 1 replies · 480+ views
    Bakersfield Californian ^ | 4/6/05 | Don Thompson - AP
    SACRAMENTO (AP) - Even as four western states agreed this week to help string electric transmission lines to power-starved Southern California from the coal fields of Wyoming, California energy regulators began Wednesday considering new ways to force the state's utilities to switch to cleaner energy. The California Energy Commission's Climate Change Advisory Committee is eying "cap-and-trade" proposals, similar to what has worked to limit everything from smog to acid rain. This time it would go to limit so-called "greenhouse gases" that contribute to global warming. Advocates say such a move by California would again lead the way for other states....
  • CA: New system will feed state's electricity needs ~~ $20B transmission facility ..Wyoming

    04/05/2005 12:13:10 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 37 replies · 1,136+ views
    Orange County Register ^ | Tuesday, April 5, 2005 | Reuters
    Tuesday, April 5, 2005New system will feed state's electricity needs Four governors, including Schwarzenegger, agree to build $20 billion transmission facility and lines. Reuters Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and the governors of Nevada, Utah and Wyoming have agreed to build an estimated $20 billion electricity transmission system to meet rising demand for power, Wyoming's governor said Monday. Wyoming Gov. Dave Freudenthal said on a conference call the "Frontier Line" system would supply electricity-hungry California - where power demand is growing at about 4 percent annually, or double the national average - with power from nearby energy-producing states. Fast-growing Las Vegas and...
  • CA: Inquiry into Sempra LNG project launched

    04/02/2005 11:19:13 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 10 replies · 839+ views
    San Diego Union -Tribune ^ | 4/2/05 | Diane Lindquist
    As Sempra Energy broke ground on its $800 million liquefied natural gas receiving terminal in Baja California this week, the state's legislature launched an official inquiry into the project. The investigation, which began yesterday, is led by Guillermo Aldrete Hass, the leader of the legislature's foreign affairs committee. He said he will ask federal officials to suspend the permits for the project while the investigation continues and legal challenges remain unresolved. "There hasn't been transparency from the beginning to the end," Aldrete said. "We want to know the economic and environmental impacts – both negative and positive." Of particular concern,...
  • (Cal PUC)Ruling may pull plug on peak power plan

    03/30/2005 3:25:32 PM PST · by Robert357 · 6 replies · 477+ views
    The San Diego Union Tribune ^ | March 30, 2005 | Craig D. Rose
    A controversial plan to slap sky-high electric rates on large power consumers to encourage energy conservation during key times this summer should be postponed, an administrative law judge has ruled. The California Public Utilities Commission judge reviewing so-called critical peak pricing plans from San Diego Gas & Electric and two other large utilities concluded there was insufficient time to implement the programs this summer. The judge, Michelle Cooke, instead suggests considering similar plans for next year or 2007 as part of a comprehensive rate redesign. At the earlier urging of the commission, SDG&E had presented a proposal to triple rates...
  • CA: Plug electricity into the surging energy-cost equation

    03/18/2005 11:10:05 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 12 replies · 578+ views
    The Orange County Register ^ | Friday, March 18, 2005 | AP
    Costs are going up for energy users. You've already noticed it at the pump and read the headlines about record oil prices. Next, watch your electricity bill.ELECTRICITY The California Public Utilities Commission made decisions Thursday that will increase electricity rates for Edison residential customers. Users will see their electricity rates increase an average of about 7 percent starting next month. A key reason: rising natural-gas prices. AT THE PUMP Gasoline prices have long exceeded $2 in California. Now AAA says more than 30 states have reached the $2 mark for unleaded. The most recent report finds prices in California averaging...
  • Snohomish PUD Wins Round In Battle Against Enron

    03/12/2005 11:06:29 AM PST · by Robert357 · 4 replies · 501+ views
    Komo News ^ | March 11, 2005 | Komo staff
    Federal regulators handed a major victory Friday to Western utilities and cities trying to escape exorbitant contracts they made with disgraced energy giant Enron Corp. during the power crunch of 2000-01. In a six-page order issued Friday evening, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission determined that Enron was engaging in illegal activity at the time it entered the contracts with the utilities - and that therefore, a hearing should be held to determine whether Enron should be allowed to collect profits it would have received had those contracts been fulfilled. It was the first time FERC acknowledged that the contracts were...
  • CA: Governor taps two locals for power board (Cal-ISO)

    03/07/2005 9:18:06 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 9 replies · 493+ views
    Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger appointed two East Bay residents to the board overseeing the agency that operates the state's electrical power grid. Elizabeth Lowe, 41, of Danville has served as vice president of Onsite Energy Corp. since 1997; earlier she was vice president of Western operations for DukeSolutions, Inc. Lowe is a member of the Power Association of Northern California, the International Association of Refrigerated Warehouses and the California League of Food Processors. She is registered to vote without a party affiliation. Mason Willrich, 71, of Piedmont was president and CEO of PG&E Enterprises before becoming an independent consultant advising clients...
  • Powerex Calls California Lawsuit 'Legal Blackmail'

    03/04/2005 10:33:21 AM PST · by Robert357 · 10 replies · 658+ views
    Powerex, a wholly owned subsidiary of B.C. Hydro in Canada, expressed outrage last week over California Attorney General Lockyer's latest lawsuit seeking US$850 million in refunds from Powerex for power deliveries that kept California's lights on during the 2000/2001 power crisis. “It is frankly the height of bad faith for California to seek to welch on its contracts and demand money back, when it still owes Powerex more than $280 million for the power that was delivered during 2000/2001,” said Doug Little, vice president, Powerex. “We responded to the entreaties of the California government in their time of need, and...
  • Democratic spokesman threatens legal action against reporter over tell-all book

    02/23/2005 5:47:23 PM PST · by TheOtherOne · 12 replies · 1,093+ views
    Power struggle Democratic spokesman threatens legal action against reporter over tell-all book Bill Forman Steve Maviglio had his hands full this month, disseminating the California Democratic point of view on Secretary of State Kevin Shelley’s resignation. But Maviglio, who serves as deputy chief of staff for Assembly Speaker Fabian Núńez, also was dealing with a controversy of his own--albeit more privately. Off the Record, a political tell-all tome by former Dow Jones reporter Jason Leopold, opens with a less-than-flattering portrayal of Maviglio during his time as press secretary for Gray Davis. On January 27, Maviglio’s lawyer sent a letter to...