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.


Weekly Update: September 11, 2017

I hope this newsletter finds you all doing well. Let’s all take a moment to hope for a speedy recovery for the folks affected by the recent spat of hurricanes. If you’d like to help, here’s a handy guide on how to best go about doing that.

Before I get to the news, I’d like to direct your attention to the trailer for a movie that’s actually about our industry. Unfortunately, it’s not about calculating revenue requirements. Also unfortunately, it looks horrendous. Here, in all its Cumberbatchy glory, is the trailer for The Current War.

If you’d like to wash the taste of that out of your mouth, come drink a beer with us at our next happy hour tomorrow,  Tuesday September 12th. It’ll be at Lost & Found in Oakland (2040 Telegraph Ave) at 6 PM.


Weekly Update: September 5th, 2017

Hope everyone had a great Labor Day! Now to celebrate labor some more by working! Hooray!

Let’s all beat this heat with some cold drinks at a happy hour next Tuesday September 12th. It’ll be at Lost & Found in Oakland (2040 Telegraph Ave), 6 PM. Hope to see you there!

In the news:

-The eclipse happened and the grid didn’t break despite the huge dip in solar output, which is pretty amazing when you think about it. Even states in the ominously-named PATH OF TOTALITY appeared to handle things quite well:

-An interesting case for nuclear power in the wake of Harvey. Nuclear plants are designed for the absolute worst-case scenarios, which comes in handy for providing reliable power during disasters.

-Electric cars are pretty nifty, but if you charge them quickly, they put tremendous strain on the grid. One entrepreneur’s solution? Charge EV batteries with other, older batteries on their “second life.”

Weekly Update: August 28th, 2017

Heidy ho, Power Triperinos! It’s the moment you’ve all been waiting for for a whole week: time for an electricity newsletter. Strap in! It’s gonna be a wild ride.


  • The Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (abbreviated as RGGI but pronounced “Reggie” to make it sound like a friendly co-worker who everyone likes because he’s nice and he always has peanut M&M’s in a bowl on his desk that’s free for anyone to take, rather than an unconstitutional power grab by environmentalist elites and the “gubbement” which is what it really is if you ask any true liberty-loving patriot, I tell you what…) is set to reduce its emissions targets by 30% by 2030. The regional cap-and-trade program governs carbon prices for nine states on the East Coast: http://www.utilitydive.com/news/rggi-states-propose-to-cut-power-plant-emissions-another-30/503465/
  • After several decades of utilities spending more money than they anticipated on nuclear power plants, Duke has decided to spend a substantially smaller amount of money to NOT build a new nuke. The company has decided to abandon its plan to build the Lee Nuclear Plant in South Carolina after Westinghouse, the company that designed the reactors, went bankrupt. The sunk costs spent to date on the project, however, still need to be recovered and will be included in a 13.6% rate hike request: https://www.greentechmedia.com/articles/read/duke-cancels-lee-nuclear-project-rate-increase
  • If you’re planning on burning coal any time soon, please be sure to scrub it down with some soap and water first. You know, clean it after you dig it up. Make it clean coal. That’s how this works right? Oh god someone please help me. My lips keep moving and stupid statements keep coming out and I don’t know how to stop it: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/energy-environment/wp/2017/08/23/trump-keeps-saying-clean-coal-it-does-not-mean-what-he-thinks-it-means/?utm_term=.4bdfd9d414ad

Weekly Update: August 21st, 2017


Well, the eclipse happened and the grid/society is still standing. Yay! I feel kind of silly having stockpiled all this food though. Anyone want to buy some beans or MRE’s?
In the news:

Weekly Update: August 14th, 2017

Thanks to everyone who came out for a great round table about community choice aggregation last week. Special thanks to Michael Callahan of MCE for leading a lively discussion and answering all of our questions!


Weekly Update: August 7th, 2017

Happy August! First off, a reminder that we are having a roundtable discussion on Tuesday, August 8th at 6:30pm. Location is 995 Market St Room 3A, San Francisco. Michael Callahan, Policy Counsel at Marin Clean Energy (MCE), will be leading a discussion about Community Choice Aggregation. Hope to see you all there!
In the news:

Weekly Update: July 31st, 2017

Hello! I hope everyone’s having a wonderful Monday. We’ve got a great newsletter for you. Hands down, it’s going to be the best newsletter we put out this week.

We’re excited to announce that we’ll be holding our next round table discussion on Tuesday, August 8th at 6:30pm at 995 Market St in room 3A. We’ll be discussing community choice aggregation, and our discussion will be led by Michael Callahan, Policy Counsel at Marin Clean Energy. If you’d like to attend, please RSVP here: https://goo.gl/forms/2AnNvmKtspesI80C3

On to the news!

Weekly Update: July 24th, 2017

Howdy all! Here’s a little newsletterin’ to ward off those Monday blues: