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