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This City Could Become Region’s First to Offer SDG&E Alternative for Electricity

Solana Beach has for years flirted with an energy program that would give its residents and businesses a government-run alternative to San Diego Gas & Electric. On Wednesday, it could launch official steps toward becoming the first municipality in the county to do so. While the City Council’s planned vote on a resolution Wednesday wouldn’t […]

Energy Storage Could Preserve Solar Savings for California Affordable Housing

A paper released by Clean Energy Group finds that California multifamily affordable housing properties with solar PV systems could face more than a 50% reduction in electricity bill savings over the next few years, but adding energy storage to the solar system could completely restore those savings to solar customers. Based on this analysis, the […]

Stem to Install Energy Storage System at CSU Dominguez Hills

California State University Dominguez Hills selected energy storage firm Stem Inc., after an evaluation of multiple providers to deliver software-driven energy storage services and reduce the university’s energy costs. Stem is moving forward with construction on a 1 MW, 4.2 MWh storage system to be housed on campus in Carson, California. Combined with an existing Stem […]

As California Mulls Retail Electricity Choice, Utilities Are Losing Customers in Droves

Back in March, GTM broke the news that California regulators are considering some big changes to the state’s energy landscape, including the possibility of returning to some form of competitive retail choice for electricity — as long as it doesn’t repeat the mistakes that led to the Enron-engineered energy crisis in 2001. This week, the California […]

San Jose Is Latest, Largest City in California to Embrace Community Choice

Dive Brief: The San Jose City Council this week voted unanimously to form the largest community choice energy program in California, ensuring residents will have more supply options than simply taking service from Pacific Gas & Electric. The vote requires San Jose Clean Energy to provide at least one option with 10% more renewable energy than PG&E’s power […]

Top Industry Professional Endorses South Bay Clean Power Business Plan!

The latest accolades for our South Bay Clean Power Business Plan come from respected power industry professional, Kent Palmerton.  From 1985 to 2000, Mr. Palmerton held diverse management positions at the Northern California Power Agency NPCA.  After five subsequent years working for Williams Energy and Constellation Energy in Vice`President and Directorship positions, Mr. Palmerton recently completed a 10`year engagement as […]

The Business of Local Energy Symposium – A Smashing Success

Last Friday, May 5, about 400 people including elected officials and energy professionals gathered in Long Beach for the Center for Climate Protection’s third annual Business of Local Energy symposium. Deputy Director Barry Vesser was the symposium’s architect. Co-organizers were the Local Government Commission and the Local Government Sustainability and Energy Coalition. Attendees heard 56 […]

San Jose Approves Clean Energy Program

San Jose approved a program Tuesday to pool funds from residents to purchase energy from green sources, becoming the largest city in the country to do so. Several other Bay Area communities have established such programs, known as Community Choice Energy programs. They are an alternative to purchasing power from the major state utilities — […]

San Jose City Council Approves New Community Choice Energy Plan, the Largest in California

SAN JOSE — San Jose on Tuesday became the largest California city to launch “community choice energy” — an alternative electricity provider that environmentalists say will save money and reduce pollution linked to climate change. “While leaders in Washington continue to languish in a petroleum-fueled past, cities like San Jose will chart the path to a […]

Ocean Beach Planning Board Endorses More Choices for Electricity

If skeptics of climate change and defenders of San Diego Gas & Electric are abundant in Ocean Beach, it wasn’t apparent at this month’s meeting of the Ocean Beach Planning Board. Seeing none of either constituency, the OBPB threw its weight behind the creation of a government body designated to buy electricity and compete with […]