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Califonia News: Energy Storage Legislation, Dynamic Pricing
Source: SustainableBusiness.com, March 04, 2010
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A new bill introduced in the California Assembly would mandate that utilities incorporate energy storage capacity into their operations for 2.25% of daytime peak demand by 2014 and 5% of peak demand by 2020.

If passed, the bill could set a precedent, and create a boost for the energy storage industry, which ranges from pumped hydro and compressed air to utility-scale batteries and flywheels.

CPUC Approves PG&E's Dynamic Pricing Plan

In a step toward establishing dynamic electricity prices for the entire state, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) approved new rate structures for commercial, industrial and agricultural customers of Pacific Gas & Electric Co.

The dynamic pricing scheme will charge varying rates for peak and non-peak times.

"By providing real economic incentives to reduce electric demand during peak periods, we can increase customer involvement in managing California’s energy supply, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and manage future power plant development costs," CPUC President Michael R. Peevey said.

CARB Regulates Sulfur Hexafluoride

Califonia's Air Resources Board (CARB) this week adopted a measure to limit and monitor the emissions of sulfur hexafluoride (SF6) from high-voltage electrical applications.

SF6 is a greenhouse gas almost 23,900 times as potent as carbon dioxide (CO2). One pound of SF6 emissions is equal to 11 tons of carbon dioxide.

Effective January 1, 2011, the rule sets an initial emission rate at 10% of owners’ SF6 capacity.

Carbon Offsets:No
Green Building:No
Energy Technology:
    Emerging Technologies

    Walker     LEED Building:Yes
    Energy Star Cert.:No

Meijer California Public Utilities Commission

Edmund G. Brown Jr.
California Attorney General

Mary D. Nichols

Califonia's Air Resources Board

Michael R. Peevey

California Public Utilities Commission

Nancy Skinner

BEPI Published Date: March 08, 2010
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