December 11, 2023

California Energy Commission (CEC)

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Mixed Views on CAISO Interconnection Process Proposal

CAISO stakeholders have voiced various concerns about an ISO straw proposal to revamp its interconnection process, with some cautioning about an overly rapid timeline.

California Localities Work to Expedite Rooftop Solar Permitting
At least 44 California cities now automate permitting for residential rooftop solar projects, following passage of a state law last year requiring them to adopt a permitting platform.
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Load Flexibility Could Hold Key to California Grid Constraints
Load flexibility is the fastest and cheapest way to prepare for rising electricity demand, panel participants at a CEC-EPRI conference said.
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Manufacturers Commit to Helping California Reach 2030 Heat Pump Goal
Nine of the world's largest makers of building heating and cooling equipment have signed on to support California's goal of having 6 million new electric heat pumps by 2030.
Report Shows Rapidly Growing Need for EV Chargers in California

California will need to double its public EV charging infrastructure between 2030 and 2035, according to a new report by the state's Energy Commission.

California Energy Commission
CEC: California Renewable Use Rose Sharply in Past Decade
Natural gas made up the largest share of California’s electric generation mix in 2022, but solar is accounting for a growing percentage, as the state works toward 100% clean energy by 2045.
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California to Keep Old Gas Plants Operating for Reliability
The California Energy Commission agreed to keep three old, environmentally damaging gas-fired plants operating along the coast for grid reliability, despite an outpouring of opposition.
UC Davis
California Study to Delve into EV Charging Challenges
A three-year study by UC Davis will examine the wide range of problems EV drivers face when they visit public charging stations.
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California Bill to Speed Transmission Development Passes State Senate
The bill to accelerate development of new transmission lines passed the state Senate on a vote of 36-0 and is now headed for the lower house.
California Rolls Toward Zero-emission Locomotives
The California Air Resources Board plans to vote on a regulation requiring new switcher locomotives to be zero-emitting by 2030 and freight locomotives by 2035.

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