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Rate design wars are the sound of utilities taking residential PV seriously

Imagine walking into your supermarket with a bag of zucchini from your garden and saying that you’d like to trade them straight up for an equal quantity of zucchini next month.

Vaughn Palmer: $750-million surrender on energy-trading infractions triggers political spin cycle

Vaughn Palmer, Vancouver Sun, August 27 2013

VICTORIA — When a U.S. regulator ruled earlier this year that B.C. was guilty of hundreds of infractions in selling electricity to California, the government was quick to discount the finding as a temporary setback.

Powerex pay out doesn't add up

 Keith Baldrey, Vancouver Courier, August 22 2013

And that’s what the B.C. Liberal government did last week with a bolt from the blue announcement that it was ending its decade-long fight with the state of California and electrical utilities there over whether B.C. Hydro acted legally when it sold power to the state in 2000 and 2001.

California attorney general announces $750M refund from Canadian utility Powerex

Dale Kasler, Sacramento Bee, Friday, Aug. 16, 2013

In the biggest refund yet from the California energy crisis, a government-owned Canadian utility today agreed to a $750 million settlement with state officials and the state's largest utilities.

Attorney General Kamala D. Harris Announces $750 Million Settlement Stemming from California Energy Crisis

Press Release, Kamala Harris, California Attorney General, August 16 2013

SAN FRANCISCO -- Attorney General Kamala D. Harris today announced a $750 million settlement with Powerex over claims arising from the 2000-2001 California energy crisis. The vast majority of the settlement money will go to ratepayers of California’s largest utilities.

BC Hydro's Powerex agrees to settlement in California claims

Tiffany Crawford & Derrick Penner, Vancouver Sun,  August 16, 2013

VANCOUVER - Powerex, the electricity trading subsidiary of BC Hydro, has reached a $750 million out of court settlement related to an electricity dispute with California that began more than a decade ago.

B.C. vows to continue fight over costly U.S. ruling on power sales to California

Canadian Press, Times Colonist, Feb 22 2013

VICTORIA - The massive, energy windfall British Columbia pocketed more than a decade ago at the expense of power-starved Californians has sparked an ongoing high-voltage legal case that currently has an arm of Crown-owned BC Hydro potentially owing hundreds of millions of dollars.

B.C. defends Powerex in California price-fixing complaint

CBC News, Feb 21, 2013

B.C. taxpayers could end up refunding Californians millions in electricity sales

The B.C. government and official opposition are defending a BC Hydro subsidiary that is accused of manipulating energy prices during the California energy crisis more than 12 years ago.

Manipulation of California energy market gives consumers a jolt

Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, July 18, 2012

The next time your electricity bill prompts you to curse your local utility, here's another target where you should direct your anger:

PG&E identifies 239 pipelines at risk of failure

Jaxon Van Derbeken,, July 2, 2012

Nearly two years after the pipeline explosion that killed eight people and devastated a neighborhood in San Bruno, Pacific Gas and Electric Co. considers 239 of its natural-gas transmission lines to be at risk of a similar failure, according to a company assessment obtained by The Chronicle.

Canadian oil: Could some of it be headed for California?

By Kim Murphy, Los Angeles Times, February 21, 2012

Much of the focus behind Canada’s push to build a new oil pipeline to the West Coast has been to diversify its markets, to reduce its reliance on the U.S. as a customer. The Canadian government says it wants to start selling oil to China and South Korea.

California clean air regulations could “wipe out” Hydro’s export revenues

By Gordon Hamilton, Vancouver Sun, January 4, 2012

California’s new carbon cap-and-trade regulations, which came into effect Jan. 1, will require BC Hydro’s power exporting arm to buy costly carbon credits on its energy exports beginning in January, 2013, likely wiping out Hydro’s primary export market and increasing the cost of electricity to B.C. consumers in the process, a B.C. energy economist said Tuesday.

Six U.S. states abandon carbon-trade partnership

By Gordon Hamilton, Vancouver Sun, November 18, 2011

B.C.'s future in ambitious greenhouse-gas deal unclear

Clean energy: Costs rising for California consumers

By Garance Burke and Jason Dearen, Associated Press, Christian Science Monitor, November 13, 2011

Clean energy got a boost from a 2006 California law mandating it. But some clean energy projects are so expensive, they'll raise consumers' utility bills for decades.

BC Hydro plays NAFTA card in bid to win green status in California

By Gordon Hamilton, Vancouver Sun, October 21, 2011

Energy-trading arm claims clean-energy exemption for U.S. power supplier is discriminatory

The Enbridge Pipeline: Northern Gateway to What?

Chris Genovali, Huffington Post, August 16, 2011

Conflating the interests of the shareholders and investors of energy giants such as Enbridge with those of the Canadian people has become the central talking point for the promoters of Alberta's tar sands. That deliberate conflation is all about generating public support for the Enbridge Northern Gateway Project, which would see a twinned pipeline constructed from the tar sands to British Columbia and then the subsequent transport of what many have called the world's dirtiest oil by supertanker from B.C.'s north coast to offshore markets.

Is planned pipeline to B.C. really for oil exports to Asia?

By Joyce Nelson, CCPA Monitor, April 2011


Most tar sands oil from pipeline is destined for U.S. ports

California renewable energy bill is signed

By John Holland and Adam Weintraub, The Associated Press, The Modesto Bee, April 12, 2011

Big hydro projects not included as renewable sources

Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday signed a bill affirming the state's goal of getting at least a third of its electricity from renewable sources by 2020.

Governor Brown Signs Legislation to Boost Renewable Energy

News Release, CA Governor Brown, April 12, 2011

MILPITAS– Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr. today signed SBX1 2, which requires one-third of the state’s electricity to come from renewable sources. The legislation increases California’s current 20 percent renewables portfolio standard target in 2010 to a 33 percent renewables portfolio standard by December 31, 2020.

Most Gateway pipeline shipments slated for U.S.

Nathan Vander Klippe, Globe and Mail, Feb 28, 2011

Much of the crude flowing through a controversial new export pipeline project will go to the United States, rather than to Asian markets, regulatory documents filed by Enbridge Inc. reveal.

California's SB 2 - NOT full speed ahead for electricity exports from BC

Arthur Caldicott, February 25, 2011

Energy legislation in California can break the BC government's hope of positioning BC as a major renewable electricity supplier to the state. Specifically, the state's Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) defines certain attributes of generation facilities which effectively eliminate most of BC's generation projects.

Calif. County Criminalizes Smart-Meter Installations

By DEBRA KAHN of Greenwire, New York Times, January 5, 2011

Citing alleged health effects from electromagnetic waves, a county in the North San Francisco Bay Area has criminalized the installation of "smart" electric meters.

Canada's Fight to Stop States From Lowering Fuel Carbon Levels

Geoff Dembicki, TheTyee, December 7, 2010

How Alberta, Ottawa and oil sands corporations are teaming to oppose climate change laws across America. First in a multi-part series.

Environmentalists stunned by failures of key measures in Legislature

By Evan Halper, Marc Lifsher and Patrick McGreevy, Los Angeles Times, September 2, 2010

Activists expected big gains, but a ban on plastic grocery bags, another on a chemical used in baby bottles and a bid to boost alternative energy fell short in the face of heavy industry opposition.

Proposition 23, Anti-Environment 'California Jobs Initiative', Is Funded By Big Polluters In Texas And The Midwest

Laura Bassett, Huffington Post, September 2, 2010

Proposition 23, the so-called "California Jobs Initiative" threatening to suspend some of California's unprecedented clean air and renewable energy legislation, is raking in millions of dollars from Texas oil companies and special interest groups in the Midwest that stand to profit from rolled-back environmental regulation.

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