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BYD Unveils North America’s Largest Electric Bus Factory with Bipartisan Group of Senior Officials

BYD has unveiled its expanded battery-electric bus  manufacturing facility — North America’s largest — with bipartisan support from elected officials including House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Bakersfield); California Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de Leon; Congress members Steve Knight (R-Palmdale) and Nanette Diaz Barragan (D-San Pedro); 2018 California Gubernatorial Candidate and former mayor of Los Angeles Antonio […]

RE:FOCUS San Diego Community Choice

As California’s energy grid seeks to become more green, advocates are calling for a new plan to make SDG&E owned by the government. The process is called Community Choice Aggregation. The U-T’s Daniel Wheaton interviews environmental reporter Joshua Emerson Smith on the subject. Community Choice Aggregation, by Daniel Wheaton, RE:FOCUS, October 16, 2017.

SDG&E Wants to Raise Rates 11%, Starting in Two Years

San Diego Gas & Electric filed a request with state regulators late Friday afternoon, asking for an 11 percent rate increase in 2019 and running through 2022. The utility estimates a typical residential customer using 500 kilowatt-hours of electricity each month would see an increase of $6.13 and a typical customer using 25 therms of […]

Join The Local Clean Energy Alliance’s Clean Power, Healthy Communities Gathering

The Local Clean Energy Alliance is the California’s Bay Area’s membership-based organization working at the local, state, and national level to promote a clean energy future through the development and democratization of local renewable energy resources. The organization is putting on an event next month you won’t want to miss — the Clean Power, Healthy […]

Real-World Experience

Based on the Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) law passed by the state Legislature in 2002, Community Choice Energy programs started taking off in 2010 and are now rapidly proliferating. Community Choice programs have empowered local communities to decide where their electricity comes from and enhanced the economic vitality of the regions where they have been […]

Oakland Public Bank Organizers Look to Fund Renewable Energy

Advocates for a public bank in Oakland are looking to Germany for inspiration, as that country’s public banks fund a large portion of the renewable energy development. During a community forum hosted Sept. 25 by Friends of the Public Bank of Oakland, German economist Wolfram Morales explained how public banking works in his country and […]

Menlo Park: Mayor commits to 100 percent renewable energy by 2030

Menlo Park’s Mayor Kirsten Keith has signed, and the council approved, a “Mayors for 100% Clean Energy” initiative, which declares a citywide commitment to pursue 100 percent renewable energy by 2030. According to a staff report, Peninsula Clean Energy, a nonprofit energy provider governed by participating cities in San Mateo County, currently provides, by default, […]

Seize the Future

Opinion By now, you may have heard about Community Choice Energy (CCE) programs. CCE programs offer residents and businesses a choice of who they purchase their electricity from. CCE programs also empower local governments to control electricity purchasing decisions for the benefit of their communities rather than ceding that control to the state’s investor-owned utilities. […]

Is An Alternative Energy Choice Too Expensive for Santa Barbara?

A study on the prospect of government-run energy in Santa Barbara, Ventura, and San Luis Obispo counties found the program would not be economically feasible. “We’re different,” Jen Cregar, project supervisor with Energy & Sustainability Initiatives, told the Santa Barbara County supervisors. “We are not the same as everyone else.” Though the so-called Community Choice […]

Monterey Regional Airport ‘Flips the Switch’ on Solar Project Expected to Save $5.5 Million in Energy Costs

MONTEREY, Calif., Sept. 26, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Monterey Regional Airport (MRY) celebrated the completion of its new, on-site solar program during a “flip the switch” event connecting a field of solar panels beside the runway to the electricity grid last Thursday, September 21, 2017. Through a collaborative partnership with OpTerra Energy Services, MRY’s new clean energy […]