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Tesla
Jeff St. John

What could Tesla’s virtual power plant do for California’s grid — and what will customers get out of it?

Will customers sign up for its incentive-free program or flock to other distributed energy aggregators that are willing to pay?

What could Tesla’s virtual power plant do for California’s grid — and what will customers get out of it?
natural gas
Elizabeth McCarthy

California has embraced clean energy, so why is it still building natural gas infrastructure?

Decarbonization advocates are fighting ratepayer subsidies that incentivize the growth of an increasingly obsolete gas system.

California has embraced clean energy, so why is it still building natural gas infrastructure?
Diablo Canyon
Jeff St. John

California just OK'd a massive new build-out of renewables and clean storage

A plan to replace the Diablo Canyon nuclear plant with 11.5 GW of zero-carbon capacity — and no natural gas — will test the grid value of renewables and batteries.

California just OK'd a massive new build-out of renewables and clean storage
electric vehicles
Elizabeth McCarthy

Used EV batteries could get a second life storing clean energy on California's grid

A surge in retired EV batteries is helping to eliminate second-life EV battery storage hurdles, just in time to help meet clean energy mandates.

Used EV batteries could get a second life storing clean energy on California's grid
rolling blackouts
Emma Foehringer Merchant

As blistering heat sets in, power grids in the Western US face a new round of challenges

In California and Texas, heat waves underscore challenges for electric grids under stress made more acute by climate change.

As blistering heat sets in, power grids in the Western US face a new round of challenges
smart thermostats
Jeff St. John

OhmConnect bets $100M that free smart thermostats can prevent summer blackouts in California

Can a million grid-responsive households beat power plants and battery farms to balance a clean-powered grid?

OhmConnect bets $100M that free smart thermostats can prevent summer blackouts in California
California
Emma Foehringer Merchant

Western wildfires suppressed solar output in 2020

Wildfires exacerbated by climate change darkened the skies above solar projects across the U.S. West last year.

Western wildfires suppressed solar output in 2020
offshore wind
Jeff St. John

Biden administration seeks to pave the way for 4.6GW of offshore wind off California’s coast

A plan to offer leases by 2022 is only the first of many steps to enable West Coast floating wind turbine farms.

Biden administration seeks to pave the way for 4.6GW of offshore wind off California’s coast
Diablo Canyon
Jeff St. John

California may build 11.5GW of almost all carbon-free resources to replace its last nuclear plant

Regulators have decided that adding 7.5 GW by 2026 won’t be enough after the Diablo Canyon nuclear plant closes. Can California build so much clean and reliable grid capacity in time?

California may build 11.5GW of almost all carbon-free resources to replace its last nuclear plant
electric vehicles
Elizabeth McCarthy

EV charger installations in California are bogged down by local permitting

A six-year-old permitting law hasn’t unblocked installation delays — so state lawmakers are now considering mandates.

EV charger installations in California are bogged down by local permitting