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Canary Media: A Western US Energy Market Would Boost Clean Energy. Will It Happen?

Posted by Jeff St. John on Jun 10, 2024

Canary Media covers recent developments, potential benefits, and regulatory hurdles related to the creation of a regional Western RTO. The story quotes United's Brian Turner, who highlights the importance of establishing a cohesive energy market in the West. 

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Topics: United In The News, Western RTO, California, Brian Turner

Canary Media: California Budget Cuts Could Decimate Key Virtual Power Plant Programs

Posted by Jeff St. John on Jun 5, 2024

Canary Media reports on California's proposed budget cuts to critical clean energy programs that would prevent blackouts and promote a cleaner, more resilient energy grid. United's Edson Perez is quoted urging policymakers to reconsider these funding cuts and emphasizing the importance of these programs. 

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Topics: United In The News, California, Edson Perez

Extended Day-Ahead Market Shows Critical Mass with Sixth Utility Committing to Join

Posted by Caroline Grace on May 31, 2024

One step closer to advancing Western integration  

Today, national business association Advanced Energy United applauds NV Energy’s signal of intent to join the California Independent System Operator’s (CAISO) extended day-ahead market (EDAM), recognizing the several benefits of joining a unified regional electricity market in the West. NV Energy becomes the sixth market participant to indicate it intends to join EDAM.

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Topics: Wholesale Markets, Press Releases, Leah Rubin Shen, Western RTO, California

California Legislators Approve Cuts to Critical Energy Programs Amid Budget Negotiations

Posted by Caroline Grace on May 30, 2024

California Lawmakers vote to cut funding for programs that help avoid blackouts

SACRAMENTO, CA — The Senate Budget Subcommittee 2 and the Assembly Budget Committee approved funding cuts to the Demand Side Grid Support (DSGS) and Distributed Electricity Backup Assets (DEBA) proposed in Governor Gavin Newsom’s May Revise.

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Topics: Press Releases, California, Edson Perez

AB 1999 Passes First Hurdle to Implement Safeguards to Fixed Charges

Posted by Caroline Grace on May 15, 2024

AB 1999 passes the California Assembly Committee on Utilities & Energy. 

SACRAMENTO, CA — Today, the California Assembly Committee on Utilities & Energy passed Assemblymember Irwin’s Assembly Bill (AB) 1999, marking a significant victory for consumer protection and clean energy progress. This crucial bill now moves forward to the Assembly Appropriations Committee, and we urge lawmakers to continue supporting it to protect Californians from exorbitant fixed charges. 

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Topics: Press Releases, California, Edson Perez

California Revised Budget Maintains Delays and Fund Shifts to Clean Energy and ZEV Programs

Posted by Caroline Grace on May 10, 2024

Further commitments are needed to ensure GGRF funds are spent on critical programs

SACRAMENTO, CA — Today, California Governor Gavin Newsom announced the May Revision to his 2024-2025 budget proposal, which maintains most of its multi-year commitments to critical clean energy programs, including the Distributed Electricity Backup Assets (DEBA) Program, and clean transportation programs, including those related to zero-emission school buses and medium- and heavy-duty vehicles, through shifts to Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund. 

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Topics: Press Releases, California, Edson Perez

New York Times: California Will Add a Fixed Charge to Electric Bills and Reduce Rates

Posted by Ivan Penn on May 10, 2024

The New York Times reports on the California Public Utilities Commission's approval of a monthly fixed fee that will be added to customers’ monthly utility bills. Quoted in the article, United's Edson Perez spoke out against the fixed charge, emphasizing that the policy will negatively impact California’s electrification efforts and discourage investments in energy efficiency and distributed energy resources, such as rooftop solar and battery storage.

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Topics: State Policy, United In The News, California, Edson Perez, Building Decarbonization

POLITICO Pro: California imposes monthly $24 charge on electricity bills

Posted by Debra Kahn on May 9, 2024

POLITICO Pro reports on the California Public Utilities Commission imposing a monthly $24 charge on electricity bills. The article quotes United's Edson Perez, calling the decision "another blow to California’s clean energy goal."

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Topics: United In The News, California, Edson Perez

The California Public Utilities Commission Votes to Move Forward With Fixed Charge

Posted by Caroline Grace on May 9, 2024

CPUC approves a $24 fixed fee for utility customers’ monthly electricity bill  

SACRAMENTO, CA—The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) has approved a monthly fixed fee that will be added to customers’ monthly utility bills. This fee is a result of a 2022 bill, Assembly Bill 205, thatdirected the CPUC to add a fixed charge to utility bills based on household income in exchange for lowering volumetric rates.The approved plan willadd a fixed charge of $24.15 to monthly utility bills (reduced to $12 or $6 for lower-income customers) 

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Topics: Press Releases, California, Edson Perez

New Report Touts Benefits of VPPs in California

Posted by Caroline Grace on Apr 11, 2024

Virtual power plants can provide opportunities for Californians to deliver power back into the grid

SACRAMENTO, CA— A new study from Brattle Group evaluates the potential of five different consumer technologies that could improve California’s electricity grid.

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Topics: Press Releases, California, Edson Perez