The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power approved a contract to buy solar power and battery storage at a record low price from a project capable of meeting 6% to 7% of the city's annual electricity needs, even at night.
Stock markets have continued to ping-pong, falling dramatically on Christmas Eve, rising sharply after Christmas and finishing with the first weekly gain in a month. The volatility capped off a year marked by trade wars, data breaches and a slowing housing market in California.
DWP consultants have recommended continuing to burn gas at three aging power plants. Clean energy advocates had cheered the utility's announcement last year that it would temporarily halt plans to spend $2.2 billion rebuilding those plants and study climate-friendly alternatives.
Already facing massive liabilities in connection with the Camp fire, PG&E was found to have violated safety rules requiring utilities to mark natural gas pipelines in the years after one of its pipelines exploded in 2010, killing eight people.
Shutting down power lines to prevent wildfires has been rare in most of California. But it will probably start happening more often — and state officials want to make sure it doesn't create more problems than it solves.