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Energy Transition Or Not, Permitting Reform Is Essential

A reliable energy infrastructure that embraces innovation is essential. Without it, U.S. consumers may lose the capacity to cool our homes when needed, run our appliances on demand, and even earn a living. Ensuring continued energy reliability requires reforms that lessen the burdens associated with federal energy, environmental, and permitting ...
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Failed wildfire policy hikes cities’ housing, energy costs

Failed wildfire policy hikes cities’ housing, energy costs By Kenneth Schrupp | June 7, 2024 Two years of rain have finally ended California’s drought, leaving reservoirs full and hills in bloom. However, the prospect of new growth feeding future wildfires looms over a state where the costs of damage and ...
Commentary

Why turn off lights for Earth Day when California is already growing dark?

Earth Day 2024 is today and Californians are being encouraged to turn off their lights. For now, it would be a voluntary exercise in futility. In a few years, though, maybe even this summer, the lights will go out on their own, as the grid becomes shakier while the state ...
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Read the latest on CA's energy policy

Can California Really Power 25 Million Homes Via Offshore Wind Farms By 2045?

California is relying heavily on offshore wind to take it to the nirvana of a carbon-neutral power grid in 2045. Sacramento believes so intensely in the concept that lawmakers recently introduced a bill that would allow voters to decide in the fall of 2024 if a $1 billion bond should be ...
Business & Economics

Robert Bryce and Tyson Culver – Juice, Power, Politics and the Grid

Filmmakers Robert Bryce and Tyson Culver join us to discuss their new docuseries Juice, which explores how misguided government energy policies and cronyism are threatening energy reliability and affordability.  Also, Rowena and Tim discuss why Gov. Newsom is delaying his State of the State address and the latest legislative proposal ...
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Learn about plan to raise your energy bills

Sacramento Does an About Face on Electricity Bills Based on Income

At roughly the same time that steeper energy bills arrived this winter, Gov. Gavin Newsom declined an opportunity to support repeal of a hated law that directs utilities to charge customers based on truly Marxist principle – their income. Instead, his office said he’s looking “forward to seeing a” proposal ...
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Learn how much you'll be paying for power

Power And Higher Prices To The People

With the arrival of the new year comes higher energy prices for many Californians. Here is how things are looking: One week before Thanksgiving, the California Public Utilities Commission approved a 13% rate hike for Pacific Gas & Electric. It will go into effect on New Year’s Day. But even ...
Commentary

The Rising Costs From Monopoly Utilities And Excessive Energy Mandates

The onset of Winter is once again highlighting the electric grid’s declining reliability. But unlike the cold Winter, a less reliable grid is not inevitable. It is a self-inflicted problem caused by monopoly electricity providers and growing renewable energy mandates that thwart competitive power markets. Instead of creating incentives to ...
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Read about Canada's recent wildfires

Bad Policy Could Make Canada’s Recent Fires Regular Occurrence in California

When California is on fire, the rest of the country looks on with the same morbid curiosity it has when yet any of the many Old Testament plagues that shake, rattle, parch, blister and sometimes flood the Golden State. But tables do sometimes turn.  Canada’s recent wildfires meant that for ...
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Read about CA's war on suburbs

To reduce costs, California also needs to build new suburbs

The three myths that have led to this predicament are the following: Nuclear power and natural gas power causes unacceptable harm to the environment; reservoirs and desalination plants cause unacceptable harm to the environment; and single-family homes nestled in sprawling suburbs cause unacceptable harm to the environment. These are myths. ...
Commentary

Read the latest on energy reliability

Energy Transition Or Not, Permitting Reform Is Essential

A reliable energy infrastructure that embraces innovation is essential. Without it, U.S. consumers may lose the capacity to cool our homes when needed, run our appliances on demand, and even earn a living. Ensuring continued energy reliability requires reforms that lessen the burdens associated with federal energy, environmental, and permitting ...
Blog

Failed wildfire policy hikes cities’ housing, energy costs

Failed wildfire policy hikes cities’ housing, energy costs By Kenneth Schrupp | June 7, 2024 Two years of rain have finally ended California’s drought, leaving reservoirs full and hills in bloom. However, the prospect of new growth feeding future wildfires looms over a state where the costs of damage and ...
Commentary

Why turn off lights for Earth Day when California is already growing dark?

Earth Day 2024 is today and Californians are being encouraged to turn off their lights. For now, it would be a voluntary exercise in futility. In a few years, though, maybe even this summer, the lights will go out on their own, as the grid becomes shakier while the state ...
Commentary

Read the latest on CA's energy policy

Can California Really Power 25 Million Homes Via Offshore Wind Farms By 2045?

California is relying heavily on offshore wind to take it to the nirvana of a carbon-neutral power grid in 2045. Sacramento believes so intensely in the concept that lawmakers recently introduced a bill that would allow voters to decide in the fall of 2024 if a $1 billion bond should be ...
Business & Economics

Robert Bryce and Tyson Culver – Juice, Power, Politics and the Grid

Filmmakers Robert Bryce and Tyson Culver join us to discuss their new docuseries Juice, which explores how misguided government energy policies and cronyism are threatening energy reliability and affordability.  Also, Rowena and Tim discuss why Gov. Newsom is delaying his State of the State address and the latest legislative proposal ...
Blog

Learn about plan to raise your energy bills

Sacramento Does an About Face on Electricity Bills Based on Income

At roughly the same time that steeper energy bills arrived this winter, Gov. Gavin Newsom declined an opportunity to support repeal of a hated law that directs utilities to charge customers based on truly Marxist principle – their income. Instead, his office said he’s looking “forward to seeing a” proposal ...
Blog

Learn how much you'll be paying for power

Power And Higher Prices To The People

With the arrival of the new year comes higher energy prices for many Californians. Here is how things are looking: One week before Thanksgiving, the California Public Utilities Commission approved a 13% rate hike for Pacific Gas & Electric. It will go into effect on New Year’s Day. But even ...
Commentary

The Rising Costs From Monopoly Utilities And Excessive Energy Mandates

The onset of Winter is once again highlighting the electric grid’s declining reliability. But unlike the cold Winter, a less reliable grid is not inevitable. It is a self-inflicted problem caused by monopoly electricity providers and growing renewable energy mandates that thwart competitive power markets. Instead of creating incentives to ...
Blog

Read about Canada's recent wildfires

Bad Policy Could Make Canada’s Recent Fires Regular Occurrence in California

When California is on fire, the rest of the country looks on with the same morbid curiosity it has when yet any of the many Old Testament plagues that shake, rattle, parch, blister and sometimes flood the Golden State. But tables do sometimes turn.  Canada’s recent wildfires meant that for ...
Blog

Read about CA's war on suburbs

To reduce costs, California also needs to build new suburbs

The three myths that have led to this predicament are the following: Nuclear power and natural gas power causes unacceptable harm to the environment; reservoirs and desalination plants cause unacceptable harm to the environment; and single-family homes nestled in sprawling suburbs cause unacceptable harm to the environment. These are myths. ...
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