California regulators are stepping up their oversight of Pacific Gas & Electric after finding that the nation's largest utility has neglected the maintenance of an electrical grid that has ignited a series of deadly wildfires in Northern California and forced periodic blackouts affecting millions of people.
Today’s supplemental Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NOPR) proposes to codify FERC’s current practice of granting a 50-basis-point increase in return on equity as an incentive for utilities that join a transmission organization.
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) today ordered PacifiCorp to explain why the company should not be assessed a proposed civil penalty of $42 million for violating FERC reliability standards on its bulk electric system. In the Staff Report attached to today’s order, FERC Office of Enforcement (OE) staff allege that PacifiCorp violated the Federal Power […]
According to the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC), about 25% of its 1500 registered entities — comprised of users, owners, and operators of the bulk power system in North America — indicated that they downloaded the impacted version of the Orion SolarWinds platform. The utilities voluntarily reported to NERC that they had downloaded the […]
Pacific Gas & Electric Co. has launched its community microgrid program and already started work on the first major project in the effort. The California Public Utilities Commission approved PG&E’s Community Microgrid Enablement Program (CMEP) last month. The utility will provide technical and financial support for qualifying projects in areas with the greatest resiliency needs, […]
After an in-depth interview process with many highly qualified candidates, the board determined that Nathan Shannon, the organization’s deputy director since 2015, was the most qualified leader to build on the successes of Patty Durand’s decade-long tenure.
Private equity investment giant Blackstone is adding to its growing energy portfolio by acquiring an electric transmission equipment and battery storage manufacturer. Funds affiliated with Blackstone are buying Sabre Industries Inc. Texas-based Sabre designs and makes overhead steel poles, towers, battery storage solutions and offers services for electric utility and telecom customers. Blackstone Energy Partners, […]
The technology that will make EVs a dynamic force in energy balancing exists. The next step is reaching critical mass in data collection and analytics to inform decision-making and designs for dispatching such power resources.