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esVolta Selected for PG&E Energy Storage Project (Ind. Report)
Date: 2018-07-20
Aliso Viejo, California-headquartered utility-scale energy storage project specialist esVolta reports it has been selected by Pacific Gas and Electric Co. (PG&E) to develop, construct and operate the 75 MW/300 MWh Hummingbird Energy lithium-ion battery energy storage project in Santa Clara County, Calif.

The Hummingbird project is slated to be in service by December 2020, subject to California Public Utilities Commission approval. The project will provide an affordable and reliable capacity resource and facilitate PG&E's integration of renewable energy resources. (Source: esVolta, Solar Ind., 19 July, 2018) Contact: PG&E,; esVolta, Randolph Mann, Pres., (949) 330 6300,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News PG&E,  Energy Storage,  esVolta,  Lithium-ion Battery,  

Vistra Developing 300-MW Calif. Battery Storage Project (Ind. Report)
Vistra Energy, Pacific Gas and Electric
Date: 2018-07-03
Irving, Texas-headquartered Vistra Energy reports it will enter into a 20-year resource adequacy contract with Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E). Under the contract, Vistra will develop a 300-megawatt/1,200-MWh battery energy storage project at its Moss Landing Power Plant site in Moss Landing, California. The project is subject to California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) approval, which is expected within 90 days. Vistra anticipates the battery storage project will enter commercial operations by Q4, 2020.

Vistra's retail and generation businesses include TXU Energy, Homefield Energy, Dynegy, and Luminant, operate in 12 states and six of the seven competitive markets in the U.S. and total approximately 41,000 megawatts of capacity. (Source: Vistra Energy, PR, 2 July, 2018) Contact: Vistra Energy, Curt Morgan, CEO, Molly Sorg, Inv. Relations, (214) 812-8004,,; PG&E,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Pacific Gas and Electric,  Vistra Energy ,  Energy Storage,  

Tesla, PG&E Developing 1.1 GWh Energy Storage System (Ind. Report)
Date: 2018-07-03
Tesla CEO Elon Musk reports Tesla is working with Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) on a massive battery system with a capacity of "up to 1.1 GWh" in California.

PG&E has submitted 4 new energy storage projects to the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) for approval today. Three are third-party owned projects to be connected to the PG&E grid. The fourth project is a "proposed utility-owned 182.5 MW lithium-ion battery energy storage system (BESS). Tesla would supply the battery packs for the giant project while PG&E has the option to increase the capacity to 1.1 GWh. (Source: Tesla, electrk, 29 June, 2018)Contact: Tesla Power Pack,; PG&E,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Tesla,  Energy Storage,  PG&E,  Lithium-Ion Battery,  

CLEAResult Supports PG&E Energy Management Initiative (Ind. Report)
CLEAResult,Pacific Gas and Electric
Date: 2018-06-01
Austin, Texas-headquartered CLEAResult, a leader in technology-enabled energy efficiency and demand side management programs for utilities and businesses, reports it will support Pacific Gas and Electric Company's (PG&E) Strategic Energy Management (SEM) program for customers in Northern and Central California that are food processing facilities.

SEM is a long-term, holistic approach to energy management that increases energy and cost savings for customers year-over-year through goal setting, progress tracking and reporting of results. This program design includes a whole-facility approach that uses Normalized Metered Energy Consumption (NMEC) and a baseline model to help identify and measure energy savings opportunities from all program activities at participating facilities.

CLEAResult is North America's largest provider of energy efficiency programs and services tailored to an individual clients' needs. (Source: CLEAResult, PR, 31 May, 2018) Contact: CLEAResult,; PG&E,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Pacific Gas and Electric,  CLEAResult,  Energy Efficiency,  Energy Management,  

PG&E Increases Energy Efficiency Options (Ind. Report)
Date: 2018-05-18
In San Francisco, Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) reports it will double new construction energy efficiency incentives for residential and business customers who lost their homes or businesses in the October 2017 Northern California wildfires. To that end, PG&E is teaming up with Sonoma Clean Power and the Bay Area Air Quality Management District to offer a "one stop shop" for residential green building incentives for customers in Sonoma and Mendocino Counties who lost their homes in the October 2017 Northern California wildfires.

California's Building Energy Efficiency Standards -- Title 24, Part 6 -- guide residential and non-residential building and construction across the state. The standards help to ensure energy efficiency in new construction to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions associated with buildings, as well as to lower energy costs for California customers. As a result, single family homes built to the latest 2016 standards will use approximately 28 pct less energy for lighting, heating, cooling, ventilation and water heating than homes built to the 2013 standards. The state programs offer incentives for building above energy efficiency code requirements based on standard energy design ratings.

Based on PG&E's existing California Advanced Homes Program for new home construction, eligible customers can apply for the new Advanced Energy Rebuild Program to receive up to $17,500 for rebuilding sustainably. Condominiums, apartments and in-law units will be eligible for a portion of the incentives. The program is available through December 31, 2019 or until funds are exhausted.

For business owners, the Savings by Design program currently offers incentives up to $150,000 per building. PG&E will increase the incentives to up to $300,000 per building. Additionally, PG&E will increase its comprehensive design assistance, offer expedited application reviews and engineering and sales support for business customers who lost their property. These changes will be available as they exist today through 2023.

Access California Advanced Homes Program details at and Savings by Design at (Source: PG&E, 176 May, 2018) Contact: PG&E,

More Low-Carbon Energy News PG&E,  Energy Efficiency Incentives,  Energy Efficiency,  

CAISO OKs PG&E's Oakland Clean Energy Initiative (Ind. Report)
Pacific Gas and Electric, California Independent System Operator
Date: 2018-03-26
San Francisco-based Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) reports the California Independent System Operator (CAISO) has given the nod to its Oakland Clean Energy Initiative (OCEI) plan to provide a clean alternative to a decades-old fossil-fuel power plant in Oakland. OCEI will provide a green and innovative option that uses local clean-energy resources, including energy storage, energy efficiency and electric-system upgrades, to ensure transmission grid reliability in Oakland when the current 40-year old power plant is retired. PG&E will seek proposals and expressions of interest this spring.

The system operator has a Reliability Must Run contract with the existing plant's owner, Dynegy, to purchase power during peak periods. The Oakland Clean Energy Initiative is expected to come into service by mid-2022. (Source: PG&E, 23 Mar., 2018) Contact: PG&E, Roy Kuga, VP Grid Integration and Innovation, Media Relations, (415) 973-5930,; California Independent System Operator, (916) 351-4400,

More Low-Carbon Energy News California Independent System Operator,  Pacific Gas and Electric ,  

Dairy Biomethane Pilot Projects Sought in California (Ind. Report)
Southern California Gas Co.
Date: 2018-01-24
Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas), San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E), Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) and Southwest Gas are jointly seeking 5 or more dairy biomethane pilot projects under California Senate Bill (SB) 1383.

Proposed projects must demonstrate an ability to capture and process biogas from dairy cows to produce renewable natural gas for electic power generation ,heating and fueling vehicles.

The draft solicitation is the first step in a new program created under SB 1383 by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), which has been directed to reduce me Proposed projects will be jointly selected by the CPUC, California Air Resources Board and the California Department of Food and Agriculture.

Dairy biogas development is rapidly increasing in California, with help in part from $35 million in grant funding last year from the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA). CDFA is expected to provide an additional $61-$75 million in grant funding for new dairy biogas projects this year. There are currently about 40 projects in the works, and experts expect there could be as many as 120 projects being developed by 2022, according to a SoCal Gas release. (Source: Southern California Gas Company, PR, 19 Jan., 2018) Contact: Southern California Gas,,; San Diego Gas & Electric,; Pacific Gas and Electric,; California Department of Food and Agriculture, (916) 654-0466,

More Low-Carbon Energy News San Diego Gas & Electric ,  Pacific Gas and Electric ,  Southern California Gas,  Biogass,  Methane,  Biomethane,  

Enel Scores Golden State Energy Storage Projects (Ind. Report)
Enel Green Power North America
Date: 2017-12-11
Enel Green Power North America reports it has inked three capacity storage agreements (CSA) with US utility Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) for a total capacity of 85MW/340MWh. Under the terms of the agreement Enel will develop the 50MW Kingston, 25MW Cascade, and 10MW Sierra stand-alone lithium-ion energy storage projects in California.

The facilities will be connected directly to the power grid and will charge the lithium-ion batteries during an abundance of renewable power generation. Energy stored in the batteries will be delivered back to the PG&E grid during times of peak electricity demand, increasing grid reliability while reducing congestion. The energy storage projects are expected to be operational by 2023, subject to regulatory approvals. (Source: Enel Green Power North America, Power Tech., 6 Dec. 2017) Contact: Enel Green Power NA, Connor Branch, Bus. Dev., (978) 681-1900,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Enel Green Power North,  Energy Storage America,  

PG&E Expands Energy Storage Commitment (Ind. Report)
Date: 2017-12-08
San Francisc0-headquartered Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) reports it has submitted six lithium-ion battery energy storage contracts totaling 165 MW to the California Public Utilities Commission (PUC) for review and approval. The projects were required to be between 1MW and 50MW, and need to be operational no later than the end of 2024.

California's Energy Storage Decision requires investor-owned utilities to procure 1,325MW of storage by 2020. PG&E's share is 580MW. Since 2015, PG&E has signed contracts for 79MW of new energy storage capability.

By the end of 2017, PG&E forecasts that about 33 pct of its retail electric deliveries will come from wind and solar, which are intermittent or provide peak output during times of low demand and require energy storage to maximize their energy potential.

Pacific Gas and Electric Company, a subsidiary of PG&E Corporation (NYSE:PCG), is one of the largest combined natural gas and electric energy companies in the United States. Based in San Francisco, with more than 20,000 employees, the company delivers some of the nation's cleanest energy to nearly 16 million people in Northern and Central California. (Source: PG&E, PR, Dec., 2017) Contact: PG&E, Martin Wyspianski , Energy Portfolio Procurement and Policy,

More Low-Carbon Energy News PG&E,  Energy Storage,  Lithium-Ion Battery,  

PG&E Lauds Governor, Legislators for Cap-and-Trade Climate Change Action (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
Pacific Gas and Electric
Date: 2017-07-28
San Francisco-headquartered Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) is applauding Governor Jerry Brown and the California State legislature for Bill 398 strengthening and extending the state's market-based, emissions reduction Cap-and-Trade program through 2030.

PG&E supported AB 398 and Assembly Bill 617 which addresses local air quality concerns in affected communities. Both global greenhouse gas emissions and local air pollutants are important public health and policy issues that must be addressed. PG&E believes both bills target these problems with focused policy solutions, according to a PG&E release. (Source: PG&E, PR, 25 July, 2017) Contact: PG&E, Lynsey Paulo, (415)-973-5930 ,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Pacific Gas and Electric ,  California Cap-and-TradeCalifornia Cap-and-Trade,  

California Forest Biomass Project Scores CEC Funding (Funding)
Camptonville Community Partnership
Date: 2017-05-03
In the Golden State, as part of its Electric Program Investment Charge (EPIC) program the California Energy Commission (CEC) has awarded $4.9 million in grant funding to the Camptonville Community Partnership's CHP forest biomass project.

The 3-MW project will be developed in collaboration with ICF INC., the Center for Sustainable Energy (CSE), Direct Contact, Univ. of California Davis, Babcock Power Environmental, Gaelectric and DE Solutions. The facility's power production will be sold to Pacific Gas and Electric for use in conjoined businesses. (Source: California Energy Commission, Daily Eagle, 1 May, 2017) Contact: Camptonville Community Partnership, Refine Miller, Bioenergy Project Manager, (530) 288-9355,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Camptonville Community Partnership,  Forest Biomass,  Woody Biomass,  Wood Pellet,  

PG&E Calls for Renewable Energy Proposals (Ind. Report)
Date: 2017-05-01
Pacific Gas and Electric Co. (PG&E) reports it is seeking proposals from renewable energy developers for its Regional Renewable Choice Program. The program will give PG&E customers easier access to renewable energy by enabling customers to work directly with developers of new renewable projects. Customers will have the option to work with developers and subscribe to the output from a new renewable project equaling between 25 and 100 pct of their electric power consumption. Under the program, participating customers will pay the developers for the new energy directly and receive a bill credit from PG&E on their monthly energy statement.

The program offers renewable energy developers an opportunity to submit proposals starting April 26, 2017 through noon Pacific Time on May 26, 2017. Projects will be chosen through a competitive bidding process and are expected to be selected by August 2017. This request for offers calls for a development target of 150 MW of renewable resources.

Renewable energy developer proposal and other details are HERE. (Source: Pacific Gas & Electric Co., April 28, 2017) Contact: PG&E, Aaron JOhnson, VP Customer Energy Solutions,

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PG&E Touts "Step Up & Power Down" Initiative Success (Ind. Report)
Pacific Gas and Electric Company
Date: 2017-04-10
In the Golden State, Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) is reporting that San Francisco, San Jose Redwood City, San Carlos and Woodland, the five cities participating in the "Step Up & Power Down" program have surpassed their goals for the community initiative encouraging businesses and residents to save energy.

The 18-month Step Up and Power Down initiative was built on the premise that awareness of energy waste, encouraging energy related behavioral change, and taking steps to save energy through building efficiencies delivers energy and costs savings for offices, hotels, retail stores and food service companies in designated downtown areas.

In San Francisco, 827 companies participated in the initiative and achieved energy savings of 23.5 gigawatt-hour. In San Jose, 448 companies participated and saved 27.6 gigawatt-hours, which is equivalent to the electricity to power more than 2,800 homes for one year. (Source: PG&E, Business Wire, 6 April, 2017) Contact: PG&E, Vincent Davis, Dir. Energy Efficiency, (415) 973-5930,; Step Up & Power Down program,; City of San Jose, Kerrie Romanow, Director of Environmental Services, (408) 535-8550,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Pacific Gas and Electric Company,  Energy Efficiency,  

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