Weekly Update: January 15th, 2018

Happy MLK day! Energy wasn’t really Dr. King’s thing as much as civil rights and peaceful resistance to racism, but here’s some energy news anyway:


Weekly Update: January 8th, 2018

Happy Monday! Man, this weather sure is crazy. People are all bundled up now that temperatures are occasionally dipping below fifty degrees! And oh man, this light rain is not helping. Now, let’s just take a quick look here at how the weather is around the rest of the country…oh. Oh my.

Quick reminder that our next happy hour is tomorrow, Tuesday January 9th at 6 PM at the Press Club (20 Yerba Buena Ln in SF). The rain will have tapered off by then, so no need to worry about the elements. You’ll be able to find us at the bar by looking for either our Power Trip sign or the super cool dude wearing a super cool Power Trip t-shirt:

(Power Trip the band: if you’re reading this, please don’t sue us)


Weekly Update: January 1st, 2018

It’s 2018, baby! Happy New Year to all you cool cat Power Trippers out there. I don’t know what this year will bring in the electric utility space (except for all electric rates being redesigned in terms of Bitcoins/kWh), but I’m excited to find out.

You know what else I’m excited for? Having a beer with all y’all. Our first happy hour of 2018 will be Tuesday January 9th at 6 PM at the Press Club (20 Yerba Buena Ln in SF). Hope to see everyone there!

Like an ornery bear that knows it woke up way too early, the news has returned from hibernation and it is hungry to be read by you.

Weekly Update: December 11th, 2017

Hello and welcome to the last newsletter of 2017. We’ll be taking a break until the New Year. Because the liberals defeated Christmas in the War on Christmas, we at Power Trip wish you a highly atheistic Happy Holidays and hope to see you in 2018!

On that note, we’ll have a happy hour on January 9th, time and location TBD. Stay tuned for details.

In the news:

Weekly Update: December 4th, 2017

Happy Holidays! Merry Christmas!*

I hope everyone is having a happy end to this horrific year. Quick programming note: we will not be holding a December happy hour, as most folks will probably be busy with holiday parties and holiday travel. We will also be taking a break from our weekly newsletters for the final two weeks of December, and will pick things back up in 2018. So enjoy this penultimate newsletter of 2017!

More CPUC jobs from the CPUC job fairy, aka Fred Taylor-Hochberg:


*This newsletter has been edited to comply with recently issued federal regulations pertaining to the declaration of festive year-end salutations.

Weekly Update: November 27th, 2017

Hope everyone had a very nice Thanksgiving and that no one’s uncle got too drunk. In electricity news last week:


Weekly Update: November 20th, 2017

It may be a short week, but the turkey-industrial complex isn’t going to keep us from putting out an electricity newsletter. Buckle up!

Thanks to everyone who came out to last week’s roundtable discussion. Special thanks to our speakers, John McIntyre, Karolina Maslanka, and Fred Taylor-Hochberg.

Did you grow up dreaming of one day being a utility industry regulator? No? Ok, then that means you’re probably a normal person, and could be a good fit for the CPUC. Check out some new job postings they recently put up (h/t to Fred Taylor-Hochberg for putting the word out about these postings):

Here’s some electricity news to help you get through the slog of Thanksgiving dinner:

  • California’s IOUs could hit their RPS target of 50% well before the 2030 deadline, according to a recent report. Though the Utility Dive article doesn’t mention it, one of the key drivers for this is the growth of community choice aggregators (CCAs), which has dramatically cut into IOUs’ electric sales (thus making it easier for them to generate 50% of their sales from renewable capacity).
  • But Utility Dive does have a good overview of the conundrum that CCAs pose to IOUs and regulators.
  • It is unfortunate that the mismanagement and possible corruption that is hampering Puerto Rico’s recovery from Hurricane Maria is not getting as much media coverage as it should be. The head of PREPA has resigned, but I’m guessing that more shoes will drop as the investigation into the Whitefish contract continues.

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.