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2906, 2020

California COVID-19 Update – June 29

The following statistics were gathered from various government websites: State-wide—215,375 confirmed cases, 5,933 deaths (+35 from yesterday-State-wide).         The greater Los Angeles area has 97,894 cases and 3,305 deaths (+20 from yesterday). The Bay Area has 23,738 cases and 568 deaths (+5 from yesterday).   Confirmed cases in 55/58 counties (3 counties have reported no cases). Counties re-opening 51 of 58 (those counties are moving to Phase 3 of 4 as defined by Newsom Administration). Cities, including in the greater Los Angeles Area and several in the San Francisco Bay Area, moving slowly toward Stage 3. Because [...]

2906, 2020

Budget Update: Legislature Restores CalGEM Enforcement Positions

In last week's final budget, the Legislature restored key cuts for the Department of Conservation's Geologic Energy Management (CalGEM) division, which regulates the drilling, operation, and permanent closure of energy resource wells.  CalGEM will now receive 25 positions costing $7.2 million.

2805, 2020

Consumer Watchdog: ‘No More Oil Wells!’

On May 20, Consumer Watchdog, a nonprofit organization that works on behalf of taxpayers and consumers, transmitted a letter to Governor Newsom requesting he issue an order that no new oil wells be approved without full bonding for their clean-up, as well as a requirement to plug a certain number of idle wells in exchange for a new permit. 

805, 2020

Bulk Storage Bill Gets Big Opposition

In late April, a large coalition of environmental groups, farming interests and municipal utilities co-signed and sent a letter to members of the Legislature in opposition to AB 2255, a measure that is sponsored by NextEra Energy, that promotes the development of more long-duration energy storage in California.

2004, 2020

No PSPS Events During COVID-19?

On April 13, local governments, power providers and consumer advocates called on the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) to issue an emergency order setting standards for public safety power shutoffs (PSPS) during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

704, 2020

Utilities Committee Offers Guidance on What to Expect

As Chairman of the Utilities and Energy Committee, California Assemblyman Chris Holden sent guidance to his committee suggesting the likelihood of being able to hear a limited number of bills in the balance of this session. 

3003, 2020

Commission Orders IOUs to Reduce GHGs by 25%

On March 26, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) ordered California’s investor-owned utilities (IOUs) to reduce their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 25% over the next decade, a target environmentalists argue is too weak to meet the state's aggressive climate goals. 

1802, 2020

LAO Urges Legislators to Reject Newsom’s Climate Loan Proposal

In a report released on February 13, the Legislative Analyst’s Office (LAO), a nonpartisan advisory agency for the state legislature, said the governor's Climate Catalyst Loan Fund would be problematic and questioned the State’s ability to even identify the right projects to qualify.

302, 2020

Newsom Says Takeover of Utility Still in Play

At the Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC) conference on January 29, 2020, Governor Newsom again reiterated his threat for a State takeover of PG&E if the bankrupt utility falls short in the changes he wants.

2401, 2020

SONGS 8-10 Year Demolition to Begin in February

Nearly eight years after the emergency shut-down at the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS) due to a faulty boiler and the release of radioactive gas, demolition of the facility is scheduled to begin on February 22, 2020, according to a notice issued by Southern California Edison (SCE) this week.

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