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Wind Energy Is Far Too Important to Let It Stall

As wind energy achieves a historic milestone – surpassing the total capacity of hydropower dams to become the nation’s largest renewable energy resource – many of California’s pioneer wind projects are in danger of shutting down. Instead, California should promote the revival of these projects with state-of-the-art technology. Gov. Jerry Brown’s first administration in the […]

San Jose Council Weighs Locally Controlled Clean Energy Plan

As part of a sweeping transformation in California’s energy market, Silicon Valley cities are forming locally controlled agencies that offer ratepayers a higher mix of renewable energy at a slightly lower cost. On Tuesday, San Jose’s City Council will discuss a plan for shifting authority to buy and sell power from investor-owned utilities to a public model called […]

City of Lancaster Mayor R. Rex Parris Keynote Speaker at San Diego Community Choice Energy Forum 2017

Lancaster, CA. March 10, 2017 – City of Lancaster Mayor R. Rex Parris today delivered the keynote address at the San Diego Community Choice Energy Forum 2017, conveying the importance and impact of the City of Lancaster’s numerous sustainability and climate change initiatives. The event — which is hosted by the Climate Action Campaign, Renovate America, […]

Council Passes Ordinance regarding MBCPA

SOLEDAD – In a 5–0 vote, the Soledad City Council on March 8 voted to authorize the implementation of a Community Choice Aggregation program between the City of Soledad and the Monterey Bay Community Power Authority (MBCPA). The issue was introduced in December 2016, when the Soledad City Council heard a presentation from ZeroCity LLC […]

Building a Better Electric Grid, for a Better California

What would you think if someone told you there was a machine that could deliver limitless amounts of clean energy to everyone, while also taking in new supplies from anywhere? A device able to knit together constantly changing power flows from the sun and wind, and balance them with reserves stored in giant batteries, electric […]

PG&E Renewable Energy Deliveries Grow; GHG-Free Portfolio Is Nearly 70 Percent

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. – Nearly 70 percent of the electricity Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) delivered to its customers in 2016 came from greenhouse gas-free resources, the company announced this week. One of the nation’s cleanest energy companies, PG&E delivered an average of 32.8 percent of its electricity in 2016 from renewable resources including solar, […]

Net Metering 2.0 Slows down California’s Residential Solar Market

If there is one state that has led the charge towards a renewable energy future in America, it’s California. The state not only installed the nation’s first large-scale solar and wind installations in the 1980s and 1990s, but has led in terms of proactive policies to support the growth of solar and other forms of […]

Kings County Getting First Battery Storage Plant

“The future is going to overwhelmingly be solar plus battery. They go together like peanut butter and jelly.” – Elon Musk Kings County is processing a conditional-use permit to build a 20-acre, six-phase battery storage facility, designed to work with nearby utility-size solar plants to save and deliver electric power to the grid in morning […]

Sempra Services Lobbyists Met With San Diego Elected Officials, Potentially Violating State Ban

State officials say lobbyists for Sempra Energy’s new marketing division, Sempra Services, may have violated state law by meeting with some San Diego elected officials. That’s because Sempra Services has not received full approval from the state agency that oversees utilities, the California Public Utilities Commission. The California Public Utilities Commission has confirmed it is investigating Sempra and its utility, San […]

Rooftop Solar Installations Rising but Pace of Growth Falls

Solar power led the nation last year among new sources of electricity production, but growth slowed significantly as California homeowners and businesses cooled to the idea of rooftop panels. U.S. rooftop solar installations increased 19% in 2016 compared with an average growth of 63% year-over-year from 2012 to 2015, even as the solar industry celebrated […]