Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Elias: Utility regulators creating a banana republic?

I'm not into the workings of state PUCs.  But the article mentions the use of natural gas power plants to make up for the fluctuations in power put out by solar and wind power plants.
One odious example is the PUC’s order forcing customers to pay most of the bill for fixing the pipelines of California’s biggest natural gas company, hopefully ensuring there are no replays of the 2010 explosion that killed eight people in San Bruno — even though Pacific Gas & Electric Co. took “responsibility” for the blast.

Another was the decision to let a Spanish company build the 250-megawatt Mojave Solar power project near Barstow — far outside PG&E’s service area — to provide electricity for that company.

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