News Clips (April-May)

May 29, 2019

News Clips (April-May)

Renewable procurement gaps pose risk for California’s climate goals, but what solution is best?  By Herman Trabish, Utility Dive, April 15, 2019

The state’s massive renewable resource portfolio has gaps in it that threaten the reliable delivery of electricity, according to a proposed decision in the CPUC integrated resource planning docket. The decision opens a “procurement track” to study new reliability solutions.

In New Challenge for California’s Utilities, Rating Agency Warms to Community Aggregators  By Karl-Erik Stromsta, Greentech Media, May 7, 2019

The community-choice aggregators disrupting California’s electricity market have come a long way in a short time, and the credit rating agencies are taking notice.  Peninsula Clean Energy obtained an investment-grade credit rating this week from Moody’s, along with a stable outlook.

SF residents favor city-run power company  By Adam Brinklow, Curbed, April 5, 2019

In light of PG&E’s bankruptcy, the SF Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC) is conducting a feasibility study about “the potential acquisition of the company’s assets” by the city. According to city poll, 68 percent of voters approve of getting power straight from SFPUC.

California Aggregators To Seek 10 GW Of Clean Power By 2030  by Charles W. Thurston, CleanTechnica, May 1, 2019

California’s Community Choice Aggregators (CCAs) are slowly assuming the traditional utility role of acquiring renewable energy generation for customers. While the role is fairly new, the CCAs nonetheless are now faced with the massive task of securing 9 to 10 gigawatts of new clean energy to meet the state’s 2030 ambitious greenhouse gas emissions reduction targets.

Community Choice Aggregation Drives Economic Development  By Karalee Browne, Western City (League of California Cities), May 1, 2019

Reducing electricity costs and providing cleaner energy options for residents and businesses were the initial drivers leading cities to pursue community choice aggregation.  But elected leaders are now also looking at it as a means of economic opportunity and job creation for their communities.

Want to know if California can make zero emissions by 2045? Here’s what to watch  By Herman Trabish, Utility Dive, May 21, 2019

To reach a zero emissions economy, California needs to eliminate natural gas by coordinating local and state system planning. CCAs are well-positioned to take on this challenge, as the EBCE-PG&E partnership to replace the Oakland peaker plant with clean battery storage shows.  A lot can be accomplished through cooperation between local governments, CCAs and IOUs.