Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Details emerge about Department of Energy’s ‘super‑grid’ renewable study | long haul grid topology evolution plan ver 1.0

NYISO ordered to study climate change impact on 100% renewable energy system after Governor ratchets up decarbonation mandates and dates

House introduces $500M carbon capture bill as study questions technology's environmental benefits | No problem for handouts for unproven/unlikely technology to the fossil boys in this Administration

Buildings as grid resources? NASEO sees 'far reaching' implications | Utility Dive

PSEG in talks to acquire 25% of Ørsted's 1,100 MW New Jersey offshore wind project | Utility Dive - Big Wind preserves their biz model and need for their network

California fires: Getty Fire, Kincade Fire updates as winds prompt red flag warnings - The Washington Post

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

The New York Times: Murray Energy Is 8th Coal Company in a Year to Seek Bankruptcy - Dead, Dead, Dead and FU to the Koch brothers

The New York Times: Murray Energy Is 8th Coal Company in a Year to Seek Bankruptcy.
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/10/29/business/energy-environment/murray-energy-bankruptcy.html
Monty Bannerman
ArcStar Energy
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Greentech Media News: Iron Flow Battery Startup ESS Raises $30M From SoftBank and Breakthrough

Greentech Media News: Iron Flow Battery Startup ESS Raises $30M From SoftBank and Breakthrough.
https://www.greentechmedia.com/articles/read/ess-raises-30-million-to-scale-iron-flow-batteries
Monty Bannerman
ArcStar Energy
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Phys.org: A new method of extracting hydrogen from water - new catalytic stack and tunedpulse electolysys

Phys.org: A new method of extracting hydrogen from water more efficiently to capture renewable energy.
https://phys.org/news/2019-10-method-hydrogen-efficiently-capture-renewable.html
Monty Bannerman
ArcStar Energy
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NYTimes: As Deficits Balloon, Republicans Stay Silent

As Deficits Balloon, Republicans Stay Silent https://www.nytimes.com/2019/10/29/opinion/budget-deficit-republicans.html
Monty Bannerman
ArcStar Energy
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NYTimes: Rising Seas Will Erase More Cities by 2050, New Research Shows

Rising Seas Will Erase More Cities by 2050, New Research Shows https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2019/10/29/climate/coastal-cities-underwater.html
Monty Bannerman
ArcStar Energy
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Breakthrough Batteries - Rocky Mountain Institute - NOTE AND CAPTURE THESE FORWARD PRICE PROJECTIONS

Sunday, October 27, 2019

Friday, October 25, 2019

Ontario Energy Board sets new electricity prices for households and small businesses | Energy Central

More than 90% Indiana power outages resolved; thousands still in dark | Higher than historical wind speeds = more of these

NYTimes: Federal Budget Deficit Swelled to Nearly $1 Trillion in 2019

Federal Budget Deficit Swelled to Nearly $1 Trillion in 2019 https://www.nytimes.com/2019/10/25/us/politics/us-federal-budget-deficit.html
Monty Bannerman
ArcStar Energy
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CNN: A transmission line broke near where a massive fire ignited in California, utility says - big bets on a game of blind whack-a-mole

CNN: A transmission line broke near where a massive fire ignited in California, utility says.
https://www.cnn.com/2019/10/25/weather/california-fires-kincade-friday/index.html
Monty Bannerman
ArcStar Energy
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Thursday, October 24, 2019

The Washington Post: Could Lindsey Graham be any more shameful?

The Washington Post: Could Lindsey Graham be any more shameful?.
https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2019/10/24/lickspittle-lindseys-week-walk-backs/

Wheels of fortune? A new age for electric motors

I saw this on the BBC and thought you should see it:

Wheels of fortune? A new age for electric motors - https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-49958457

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Orders for a New All-Electric Airplane Now Top 150

NYTimes: Decades-Old Loophole Gives Oil Companies $18 Billion Windfall

Decades-Old Loophole Gives Oil Companies $18 Billion Windfall https://www.nytimes.com/2019/10/24/climate/oil-lost-revenue-gao.html

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

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San Francisco-Area Fuel Depot Ablaze as Residents Shelter

US wind, solar finance alternatives rise as sector rushes against looming tax credit expiration | Utility Dive

PG&E power shutoff 'unacceptable': California calls for refunds, investigation and corrective action | Utility Dive

Monday, October 14, 2019

The Stranded Asset Threat to Natural Gas

There are $70 billion worth of natural gas-fired power plants planned in the U.S. through the mid 2020s. But a combination of wind, solar, batteries and demand-side management could threaten 90 percent of those investments.New modeling from the Rocky Mountain Institute shows that more than 60 gigawatts of new gas plants are already economically challenged. And by the mid 2030s, existing gas plants will be under threat.How severe is the threat? Could we eventually see tens of gigawatts of strande

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The Guardian: Rise of renewables may see off oil firms decades earlier than they think

The Guardian: Rise of renewables may see off oil firms decades earlier than they think.
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/oct/14/rise-renewables-oil-firms-decades-earlier-think

Post-Mortem: Mass shutoffs to remain a reality for PG&E as utility calls long-term DER solutions 'speculation' | Utility Dive

Avangrid and PPL talk potential $67B NY and PA utilities merger: Report | Utility Dive

Backlash erupts at video depicting Trump killing media, critics | TheHill

Sunday, October 13, 2019

CNN: Retired Marine Gen. John Allen: 'There is blood on Trump's hands for abandoning our Kurdish allies'

CNN: Retired Marine Gen. John Allen: 'There is blood on Trump's hands for abandoning our Kurdish allies'.
https://www.cnn.com/2019/10/13/politics/syria-marine-general-john-allen-trump/index.html

U.S.-allied Kurds strike deal to bring Assad troops back into Kurdish areas - Trump hands Putin another gift.


On Sun, Oct 13, 2019, 4:10 PM The Washington Post <email@washingtonpost.com> wrote:
Forces loyal to the Russian- and Iranian-backed Syrian government will return to areas Kurds have controlled for the past seven years, alongside U.S. troops for much of that time. The announcement Sunday night of the deal between the Syrian Democratic Forces and the government of President Bashar al-Assad further undermined the prospect of any continued U.S. presence in the country.
 
Democracy Dies in Darkness
 
 
News Alert Oct 13, 4:10 PM
 
 
U.S.-allied Kurds strike deal to bring Assad's troops back into Kurdish areas, dimming prospect of further U.S. presence in Syria

Forces loyal to the Russian- and Iranian-backed Syrian government will return to areas Kurds have controlled for the past seven years, alongside U.S. troops for much of that time.
The announcement Sunday night of the deal between the Syrian Democratic Forces and the government of President Bashar al-Assad further undermined the prospect of any continued U.S. presence in the country.

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Massive California Power Outage Triggers Chaos in Science Labs

Saturday, October 12, 2019

Powerless: PG&E loses exclusive control of bankruptcy, shuts off power to 800K | Economic cost of blackout estimated at $2.5B

Typhoon Barreling Toward Japan Spurs Evacuations, Power Cuts

Typhoon Barreling Toward Japan Spurs Evacuations, Power Cuts  https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-10-12/typhoon-barreling-toward-japan-spurs-evacuations-and-power-cuts
Monty Bannerman
ArcStar Energy
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PJM Grid Rides Through Record Summer Load

PJM's grid coasted through an "uneventful" summer highlighted by a new record for weekend peak load and the lowest forced outrage rate in five years, the RTO said. Christen Smith has the details.

Monty Bannerman
ArcStar Energy
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Friday, October 11, 2019

Water stress rises as more wells run dry

Fwd: Issuance of PG&E's Demand Response Auction Mechanism Requests for Offers (2020 DRAM RFO)


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In accordance with CPUC D. 19-07-009, as modified by D.19-09-041, Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) is issuing the 2020 Demand Response Auction Mechanism Request for Offers (DRAM RFO). 
 
The PG&E 2020 DRAM RFO has an authorized budget cap of $5.7 million to procure System and Flexible Capacity Products from demand response (DR) aggregators who will bid Proxy Demand Resources (PDR) into the California Independent System Operator (CAISO) wholesale market from June 2020 – December 2020.  Ten percent (10%) of the capacity is targeted for new market entrants. At a minimum, DRAM Offers must include capacity for August 2020.
 
  • Offers are due by 1 P.M. PT on November 7, 2019
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KCRA Sacramento: Here's how PG&E turns the power back on - Note new term we will be hearing more of- PSPS

Engadget: Watch an Olympian run in a bubble full of hydrogen car emissions

Engadget: Watch an Olympian run in a bubble full of hydrogen car emissions.
https://www.engadget.com/2019/10/11/hyundai-nexo-runner-ad/

MarketWatch: Why your utility company may be out of business in a decade

MarketWatch: Why your utility company may be out of business in a decade.
https://www.marketwatch.com/story/why-your-utility-company-may-be-out-of-business-in-a-decade-2019-10-11

Thursday, October 10, 2019

PacifiCorp to add 7 GW renewables + storage, close 20 of 24 coal plants | Utility Dive

SFO to build 10-mile wall to protect against sea level rise

National Grid Files First-of-its-Kind Clean Energy Proposal – Press Releases on CSRwire.com

Rep. Tonko on Extending Wind and Solar Tax Credits: ‘Odds Are Good’

NYISO Study: Carbon Charge to Help NY Climate Goals

Bye bye old fossil generators and peakers. The grid operator buys in.

https://rtoinsider.com/nyiso-study-carbon-charge-ny-climate-goals-144749/

Millions face power outages in northern, central California | Energy Central

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

PJM gives FERC a deadline for Order 841 re ESS in wholesale markets | Utility Dive

Fwd: Essential California: Fire danger and a massive power shutoff in Northern California



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Good morning, g'mar tov, and welcome to the Essential California newsletter. It's Wednesday, Oct. 9, and I'm writing from Los Angeles.

Hundreds of thousands of Californians are likely to be without power by the time you read this, as power utilities partake in preemptive shutoffs during extreme fire danger.

Pacific Gas and Electric Co. announced Tuesday afternoon that nearly 800,000 customers in Northern California would lose power starting just after midnight Wednesday, in an unprecedented move as the company tries to avoid sparking wildfires in the hot, dry weather. The blackouts will affect 34 counties in Central and Northern California, including the Bay Area.

[Read the story: "Unprecedented power shutdown coming as winds bring critical fire danger" in the Los Angeles Times]

The company's power lines caused last year's Camp fire, which was the most lethal blaze in modern California history. Utility malfunctions were also tied to the deadly 2017 wine country blazes. (Those were private power lines, not PG&E's.)

The planned shutoffs have brought their own controversy with, as reporter Joseph Serna writes, "some residents saying they create a whole new set of dangers as they try to watch for news about fires," as well as concerns for those with health issues who rely on medical equipment.

[See also: "Major power shut-offs are new reality as California enters peak wildfire season" in the Los Angeles Times]

The outages also probably will not be brief: PG&E has to visually inspect and potentially repair equipment before restoring power, meaning that some areas could be without power for days.

The planned shutoffs brought a bit of pre-blackout frenzy in the Bay Area as harried shoppers stocked up on bottled water and canned food. The embattled utility's website crashed for a time on Tuesday, as residents seeking information about possible blackouts flooded their servers.

Southern California Edison also announced Tuesday that power could be cut off to more than 106,000 customers in parts of eight Southern California counties. That possible outage would primarily affect utility customers in Los Angeles, San Bernardino and Riverside counties. Also under consideration are areas in Ventura County and portions of Kern, Tulare, Inyo and Mono counties.

More on the blackouts:
» Cellphone service should continue in the Bay Area during the shutoffs, carriers say. San Francisco Chronicle
» What BART expects will happen during shutoffs: No service disruptions are expected, but it's likely escalators could be shut down at half a dozen locations. San Francisco Chronicle
» Keep it or throw it out? What to do with refrigerated food during a power outage. Santa Rosa Press-Democrat
» If you need a place to go while the power is down, PG&E is opening Community Resource Centers starting Wednesday at 8 a.m. Here's where they are. San Francisco Chronicle

And now, here's what's happening across California:

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TOP STORIES

Los Angeles police officers search blacks and Latinos far more often than whites during traffic stops, even though whites are more likely to be found with illegal items, a Times analysis has found. The analysis, the first in a decade to calculate racial breakdowns of searches and other actions by LAPD officers after they pull over vehicles, comes amid growing nationwide scrutiny over racial disparities in policing. Los Angeles Times

Californians will for the first time have new safeguards against large rent increases after Gov. Gavin Newsom signed legislation on Tuesday capping annual rent hikes for the next decade. The new protections come as high rents burden nearly 10 million tenants in California and major metropolitan regions have seen double-digit increases in their homeless populations. Los Angeles Times

Plus, wondering how California's new rent cap will affect you? Here's a Q&A explainer. Los Angeles Times

L.A. STORIES

Los Angeles could ban all e-cigarettes and vaping devices. A city councilman introduced the proposal at Tuesday's City Council meeting. San Francisco passed a similar law earlier this year. Los Angeles Times

Major layoffs at L.A.'s top Asian American civil rights organization will affect thousands who rely on the nonprofit for everything from voting assistance to immigration services. LAist

CBS News will produce a short-form "60 Minutes" for Quibi. But instead of hourlong segments, each original weekly installment of "60 in 6" will be — you guessed it — six minutes long, because … millennials. The program will launch in April. Los Angeles Times

Plus, why Netflix isn't worried about the streaming wars. Los Angeles Times

Women film directors are finally seeing major gains in Hollywood after decades of stagnation. Variety

An former ICM agent is suing for defamation over rumors that he defecated on the floor of a bathroom of the agency's New York office. The Hollywood Reporter

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POLITICS AND GOVERNMENT

Sen. Dianne Feinstein officially backed Joe Biden for president over her fellow California senator, Kamala Harris. Los Angeles Times

Californians will be able to register to vote on election day at local polling places and voting centers under legislation signed by Newsom. It's a potentially significant step toward boosting turnout in key contests next year. Los Angeles Times

CRIME AND COURTS

Federal agents raided four Southern California addiction treatment centers seeking evidence in a criminal probe. Orange County Register

HEALTH AND THE ENVIRONMENT

Firefighting foam leaves a toxic legacy in Californians' drinking water. Los Angeles Times

A great white shark left behind two teeth after biting into a man's kayak off Catalina Island. Los Angeles Times

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A great white shark left behind two teeth after biting into a man's kayak. (Danny McDaniel)

CALIFORNIA CULTURE

Silicon Valley astrophysicists are abandoning the heavens to help you decide what to wear and watch and listen to. Wired

Plans to widen Highway 99 through Tulare and parts of Madera County have been scrapped for now. Local representatives are calling the decision "another slap in the face" to the Central Valley. Visalia Times Delta

The history of the local citrus industry at a new park in Duarte. San Gabriel Valley Tribune

These are the worst theme park rides to be stuck on when they break down. It's a lot easier to evacuate from the Haunted Mansion or Pirates of the Caribbean than a roller coaster 80 feet in the air. Pasadena Star-News

Instagrammers have overrun Bay Area pumpkin patches, and the autumnal influencers are sometimes at odds with the casual pumpkin pickers. SFGate

A brave reporter tried all 18 new foods at the Big Fresno Fair, so you don't have to. This includes a cotton candy burrito made from cotton candy stuffed with ice cream and Fruity Pebbles cereal. Fresno Bee

How Hollywood films informed Ronald Reagan's worldview: "There were ramifications for everyone if President Reagan happened to see, for instance, Rocky IV over the weekend." BookForum

A Pico Rivera-based "indoor" cat was stuck in a 90-foot palm tree for nearly two weeks before plummeting to the ground during an attempted rescue. This story feels like it should be an allegory for, well, something, but is, in fact, just the facts. Mikey, the 1-year-old tabby in question, survived the fall seemingly unharmed. Whittier Daily News

CALIFORNIA ALMANAC

Los Angeles: partly sunny, 74. San Diego: sunny, 70. San Francisco: sunny, 71. San Jose: sunny, 75. Sacramento: windy, 77. More weather is here.

AND FINALLY

"It was one of those hot dry Santa Anas that come down through the mountain passes and curl your hair and make your nerves jump and your skin itch. On nights like that every booze party ends in a fight. Meek little wives feel the edge of the carving knife and study their husbands' necks. Anything can happen. You can even get a full glass of beer at a cocktail lounge."
    – Raymond Chandler

If you have a memory or story about the Golden State, share it with us. (Please keep your story to 100 words.)

Please let us know what we can do to make this newsletter more useful to you. Send comments, complaints, ideas and unrelated book recommendations to Julia Wick. Follow her on Twitter @Sherlyholmes.

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