Weekly Update: November 13th, 2017

Hello there! A quick reminder that tomorrow (Tuesday Nov 14th) is our roundtable discussion on Integrated Resource Planning. 6 PM at the Nexant Office, 101 2nd Street, 10th floorPlease RSVP here if you plan on attending. Hope to see everyone there!


Also, Karen Lee of Cypress Creek Renewables has informed us of a great way to help the approximately 80% of Puerto Ricans who still lack electricity. On Thursday November 16th, there’s a fundraising event for Puerto Rico at Standard Deviant Brewing in SF. 100% of the proceeds will go towards helping get solar power and clean water to those who need it the most. Details here.


Now for the news:

Weekly Update: November 6th, 2017

Welcome to that very special time of year when the sky starts getting dark around like 3pm, but you have to keep working until it’s pitch black out. Oh, and by the way it’s also Dreamforce this week, so expect your commute to be about 12 times more crowded than usual.

Quick reminder about our upcoming roundtable on Tuesday November 14th, 6 PM, at the Nexant office (101 2nd Street, 10th floor). The topic will be Integrated Resource Planning (IRP) and the discussion will be led by John McIntyre, a regulatory attorney with Goodin MacBride, along with Fred Taylor-Hochberg and Karolina Maslanka, regulatory analysts with the CPUC. If you are interested in attending, please fill out the RSVP form here.

All aboard the electricity news express!

Weekly Update: October 30th, 2017

Happy almost-Halloween and almost-November! Power Trip is excited to announce an upcoming roundtable on Tuesday November 14th, 6 PM, at the Nexant office. The topic will be Integrated Resource Planning (IRP), which, for those who don’t know, is kind of a big deal. Basically the CPUC is trying to figure out how to make sure that over the next ten years utilities procure energy in a way that is simultaneously low-carbon, reliable, and cheap (along with a bunch of other stuff too).

This is a juicy problem and a big deal for California’s energy future, and I highly recommend attending. Stay tuned for details. You can learn more about it here

In the news:
  •  Whitefish Energy, the small, Montana-based company tasked with rebuilding the Puerto Rican power grid, has been officially fired by the Puerto Rican Power Authority (PREPA). This is due to both to mounting criticism of the company’s lack of experience with disaster response and accusations that they landed the contract without the proper competitive bidding process.
  • China is planning to triple global production of graphite, an important raw material that is used to manufacture lithium-ion batteries.
  • Eversource is accused of withholding gas pipeline capacity on very cold days, which drives prices up and thus hurts consumers.


Weekly Update: October 23rd, 2017

Happy Monday! I’ve gathered some energy news items for you guys so you don’t have to venture out into the digital wasteland and risk exposure to all of the depressing things going on in the world right now. Seriously, don’t…don’t go out there. It’s bad right now. And stupid. Very very stupid.

Weekly Update: October 16th, 2017

A smoky good Monday to you all! Energy news doesn’t really matter anymore (given that we are living in the End Times and at the mercy of raging fires), but here’s some fiddling while Rome burns anyway:






Weekly Update: October 9th, 2017

Hello, everyone! Friendly reminder that because of the massive fires in Napa and Sonoma, there’s a ton of particulate matter in the air in the Bay Area. So while you’re outside today, try to refrain from breathing. Or, if you absolutely need to deliver oxygen to your vital organs, be sure to wear a full biohazard suit.

Quick reminder that our next happy hour is tomorrow, October 10th at 6pm at the Press Club (20 Yerba Buena Lane, which is just off of Market St. between 3rd and 4th). Should be a good time.


  • The California Energy Commission has recommended that an SCE natural gas plant project not be approved due to environmental concerns. The plant was scheduled to come online by 2021, and considering the long lead time required for new generation projects, this could cause some headaches for SCE.
  • CAISO has released a report identifying key industry trends, and how to address them in the process of reaching the state’s emissions goals.
  • A caveat on this last article I’m going to highlight: the American Affairs Journal is a publication that is designed to look like it has a long history of promoting high-minded discourse; in actuality it was founded earlier this year with the express purpose of giving an intellectual veneer to Trumpism (whatever the hell that might be, seeing as how this administration’s policies are driven more by whoever last spoke with the President rather than any coherent ideology). So I was a little surprised when I saw that they have a long-form essay on the utility industry, how its current regulatory model came to be, the deficiencies of that industry structure, and how to reform it. It starts off (unexpectedly) coherent, reviewing the history of the utility industry’s regulatory compact. It starts to play a little fast and loose when it discusses the pitfalls of the current structure (uhhhh, all capital projects get a rubber stamp from regulators?). As the piece goes on, it starts misrepresenting more and more facts. By the time it gets to the recommendations, it’s completely unhinged (we need to give consumers a voice by getting rid of stakeholder input???). I’m mostly putting it here for amusement. Enjoy.

Happy Hour: Press Club @ 6pm on Tuesday, October 10th

Quick mid-week announcement about our October event: we’re going to switch up the October and November events and have a happy hour in October instead of a roundtable. The next roundtable will be in November instead.

So we’ll be having our next happy hour next Tuesday, October 10th at 6pm at the Press Club (20 Yerba Buena Lane, which is just off of Market St. between 3rd and 4th). Hope to see you there!

Weekly Update: October 2, 2017

Welcome to October, everyone. Hopefully this abominable heat in the East Bay will let up a bit as we move into fall.

In the news:

Weekly Update: September 25, 2017

In a world of fake news and clickbait, only the Power Trip newsletter gives you the raw, honest electricity news you desperately need. You’re welcome.
Here come the truth bombs that I’m gonna drop on ya:

Weekly Update: September 18th, 2017

I have come here to chew bubblegum and write a newsletter about electricity. And I’m all out of bubblegum.