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When Will Disruptive Technology Shift Power to Energy Customers?

Image via CrunchBase The power of disruptive technology to reshape and change the dynamics of competitive markets is not necessarily in the products we use.  Often it is in the ideas that make those products attractive to customers.  The more attractive the products the more transformational their use can be in competitive markets when customers Read more about When Will Disruptive Technology Shift Power to Energy Customers?[…]

Light Sweet Crude Displacement

I live in the San Francisco Bay Area and despite its well-deserved ‘tree hugger’ image the inland part of the Bay is home to a concentration of refineries essential to California’s economic vitality.  These refineries produce the boutique blend of gasoline not available anywhere else.  The EPA’s insistence on these unique regional gasoline blends is Read more about Light Sweet Crude Displacement[…]

Will California Hit the Cap and Trade Megamillions Jackpot?

And you thought the California Global Warming Solutions Act (AB32) was all about limiting greenhouse gas emissions, didn’t you?  Think again. There is a brewing fight in Sacramento over how to spend the gold expected to start pouring in when the Golden State starts its carbon cap and trade program.  The original intent of AB32 Read more about Will California Hit the Cap and Trade Megamillions Jackpot?[…]

The Good News and Bad with California's Energy Efficiency Code Updates

California adopted an energy efficiency code in 1978 the first time Jerry Brown was Governor, and now it has updated that code to reflect advanced in technology.  I have not been a big fan of many of California’s crazy regulatory demands, but the Energy Efficiency Code was a good idea in 1978 and it is Read more about The Good News and Bad with California's Energy Efficiency Code Updates[…]

Is California's Resource Adequacy at Risk?

California is experiencing growing concerns over resource adequacy.  The CAISO took the unusual step of objecting to the proposed shut down of the Calpine Sutter natural gas power plant at FERC saying the plant would be needed as soon as 2017 to assure resource adequacy and thus is made no sense to shut it down Read more about Is California's Resource Adequacy at Risk?[…]

Market Rationalization Demands Grid Parity

“In the last two years, the delivered cost of energy from PV was cut in half. NRG expects the cost to fall in half again in the next two years, which would make solar power less expensive than retail electricity in roughly 20 states. The expected drop in solar costs has the potential to revolutionize Read more about Market Rationalization Demands Grid Parity[…]

Grid Parity Arriving with a Fury!

For years advocates of wind and solar energy have been telling us that prices would fall and these clean, renewable technologies would be competitive with natural gas.  That sweet spot is often referred to as grid parity. Congratulations that day of grid parity success has arrived! At its December meeting the California Public Utilities Commission Read more about Grid Parity Arriving with a Fury![…]

Federal Judge Blocks California AB 32 Low Carbon Fuel Standard

California’s Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006 or AB32 as it is often called was designed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. For a while it was thought this law would be made obsolete by the passage of Federal Cap and Trade legislation.  But after cap and trade failed to in support in Congress and the Read more about Federal Judge Blocks California AB 32 Low Carbon Fuel Standard[…]

California puts Solar PV on Utilities Christmas Shopping List

As part of its year-end approval of pending renewable energy procurement contracts the California Public Utilities Commission got some good news from the falling prices of solar PV panels. Of the 544 MW of solar projects on the CPUC’s December 15th agenda 294 MW (54%) were at or below ‘grid parity’ which is defined in Read more about California puts Solar PV on Utilities Christmas Shopping List[…]

Signing Long Term Solar Power Contracts in a Falling Price Market

“The PPA unnecessarily saddles ratepayers with extraordinary above-market costs — $1.25 billion. We could probably get almost 500 megawatts of renewable energy for the price we’re paying for this 250 megawatts.”—CPUC Commissioner Mike Florio. That was the essence of Commissioner Florio’s pique in voting no on the approval of a purchase power agreement between PG&E Read more about Signing Long Term Solar Power Contracts in a Falling Price Market[…]