An argument for renewables, and for a new utility paradigm
In late January 2019, California’s largest investor-owned utility Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) declared bankruptcy for the second time, causing anxiety for investors, ratepayers, employees, PPA holders, elected government officials and, lest we forget, fire and gas explosion victims. Judge Alsup, who is overseeing PG&E’s probation from its felony conviction, lambasted the company for violating its probation. “To my mind, there’s a very clear-cut pattern here: that PG&E is starting these fires,” Alsup said. “What do we do? Does the judge just turn a blind eye and say, ‘PG&E continue your business as usual. Kill more people by starting more fires.”
Paula Mints is the Founder and Chief Analyst of global solar market research firm SPV Market Research. Paula began her career in 1997 with Strategies Unlimited. In 2005 she joined Navigant, where she continued as a Director in Energy Practice until October 2012, when she founded SPV Market Research. Paula’s areas of expertise include: global markets and applications for solar products, cell and module cost and price analysis, system and system component analysis (including inverters, trackers, and other BOS components, and trend analysis.
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