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CalCCA is looking for an Operations Director

JOB ANNOUCEMENT OPERATIONS DIRECTOR To apply, please send a resume and cover letter to Tom Habashi at tomh@svcleanenergy.org. SUMMARY The Operations Director works under the direction and guidance of the CalCCA Board of Directors and reports directly to the Board President. In the future, this position will report directly to the Executive Director. The Operations […]

SDG&E Closes in on Energy Storage Goals

For California to meet its ambitious goals to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, developing more energy storage solutions appears to be an absolute necessity. On that front, San Diego Gas & Electric is ahead of schedule. SDG&E has just announced it signed five new contracts for local battery storage facilities totaling 83.5 megawatts. That number is […]

Sonoma Clean Power, Utilities Face Battle over Energy Costs

The North Bay pioneered a new type of public energy program in California seven years ago that now appears poised to change who buys electricity for homes and businesses across large swaths of the state. The programs, of which Sonoma Clean Power was an early leader, have expanded dramatically over the past several years. Their […]

Writer, MCE manager, clarifies details on Community Choice Energy

Dear Editor: My name is JR Killigrew and I’m a community development manager at MCE, the CCE which the County, Danville and Oakley recently joined. I have worked with the City of Antioch on their climate action plan in my previous role. I did want to follow up and thank you for following the CCE […]

Bruce McPherson: Community energy on its way

May 3 was a momentous day for our region when representatives of Monterey Bay Community Power (MBCP) met as the first tri-county Community Choice Energy (CCE) agency in California. MBCP will oversee the most impactful environmental strategy local governments can take to meet established state and regional climate goals. Elected and administrative representatives from Monterey, […]

This Summer’s Eclipse Will Put California’s Solar-Powered Grid to the Test

On August 21, a total solar eclipse will travel across North America — and put grid operators to the test. The solar industry’s success means that utilities and grid managers across the U.S. will have to plan for a period of time when the sky goes dark and solar generation plummets. This is especially true […]

Editorial: Community Choice Energy plan will be good for San Jose and consumers

San Jose can’t hope to meet the state’s mandate of getting 50 percent of its energy from renewable resources by 2030 without aggressively pursuing the use of clean power. So on Tuesday, the City Council should approve a Community Choice Energy (CCE) plan, giving residents and businesses the ability to choose their source of electricity. This is […]

Liccardo: Let consumers choose to use clean energy and, by the way, save money

All too often, calls for environmental sustainability resemble a doctor’s advice — urging that we indulge less, sweat more and take bad-tasting medicine. Fortunately, life sometimes gives us happier options. The San Jose City Council faces such an option this May, when it can make San Jose greener by enabling our residents and businesses to choose […]

Abandoned California Quarry Becomes Site of Solar Farm

Reclamation of an old, abandoned quarry near the town of Novato, Calif., involved the placement of 6,000 solar panels to convert it into a solar farm capable of producing enough energy to power 300 homes, CBS SF Bay Area reports. The quarry was called a “brown site,” because asbestos in the rock made it unusable for most […]

Oakley Moves to Join Marin Clean Energy

OAKLEY — The City Council backed a resolution Tuesday to join Marin Clean Energy and will bring the final application for approval on May 23. Three council members voted to go with Marin Clean Energy, the first community choice energy program, as opposed to East Bay Community Energy, which is still being formed. Councilmember Claire Alaura […]