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[…]

Sunshot!

Energy Secretary Steven Chu has been spending money like he was about to run out—or face the torment of a thousand recissions by a Congress eager for spending reduction headlines.  Of late, the focus of his attention has been solar energy. DRIVE DOWN SMALL SOLAR INSTALLED COSTS TO $1 PER WATT He announced a $170 Read more about Sunshot![…]

California to miss 20% RPS goal

Surprise! As expected California’s three major investor owned utilities will not meet the 20% RPS goal by the end of 2010 as required by law.  At the end of the third quarter reporting period the RPS performance was about 15% of retail electricity sales allocated as follows: Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) – 14.4% Southern Read more about California to miss 20% RPS goal[…]

EIX Sticks with Coal

“The Electric power business has the potential to change more in the next 10 years than it did over the last 100 years.”[1] That was the unsurprising statement in the Southern California Edison (EIX) second quarter conference call for investors.  The slide presentation provides an interesting snapshot of SCE’s view of the current markets and Read more about EIX Sticks with Coal[…]