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Proposed PURPA changes spark fierce debate; Brouillette confirmed as DOE head

FERC's proposed PURPA changes spark fierce debate over rates for renewables

U.S. power industry stakeholders were sharply divided on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's proposal to relax its rules implementing the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act, a more than 40-year-old law that requires electric utilities to buy power from small renewable energy and cogeneration plants.

Brouillette to take helm at DOE following US Senate confirmation

Dan Brouillette will be sworn in soon as U.S. secretary of energy after the Senate voted Dec. 2 to confirm his nomination. Brouillette, who has served as the U.S. Department of Energy's deputy secretary since August 2017, will replace former Energy Secretary Rick Perry, who resigned from his post Dec. 1.

Calif. governor concerned as battle for control over PG&E continues

Stock in PG&E Corp., under Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection with its embattled operating subsidiary Pacific Gas and Electric Co. jumped more than 11% on Dec. 4, likely fueled by speculation in a Bloomberg news article that California's largest utility is nearing a $13.5 billion deal with victims of wildfires linked to its electric infrastructure.

PUC staff: PG&E failed to inspect line that caused deadliest Calif. wildfire

Investigative staff with the California Public Utilities Commission has concluded that Pacific Gas and Electric violated multiple rules in failing to conduct a routine inspection that might have prevented the state's deadliest wildfire.

NYISO pitches credit policy changes to limit credit default risk

Looking to be more proactive in protecting market participants from exposure to defaults, the New York ISO proposed credit policy changes to enhance its ability to prevent or mitigate the risk of credit defaults in its power markets.

Regulators ask why Arizona Public Service misled customers on rate plans

State regulators want to know why Arizona Public Service Co.'s on-line "rate comparison tool" misinformed customers so thousands of them selected more costly rate plans than they otherwise would have chosen.

Green groups take aim at gas loophole in Calif. 100% zero-carbon grid law

One month after Southern California Edison Co. pointed to a legal loophole in the 100% Clean Energy Act of 2018 that it alleged enables an ongoing "crucial role" for natural gas generation, environmental groups called for state energy agencies to clarify that it does no such thing.

Electric utilities side with California in legal brawl over clean car rules

A coalition of investor-owned and public utilities has formally entered the legal fray over the Trump administration's move to strip California of its long-held waiver authority to set its own strict clean car rules.

Trade war headwinds for utility industrial customers could abate in 2020

The utility sector's exposure to trade headwinds is likely to continue into 2020 amid ongoing negotiations between the U.S. and China, according to a pair of analyst notes.

Judge rejects PG&E Corp. challenge to Calif. wildfire liability law

A federal bankruptcy court judge reportedly rejected an attempt by PG&E Corp. to limit the damages it could be held liable for under California's "inverse condemnation" policy.