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New Solar Site In Temecula Will Help Power City Facilities For Less Money

TEMECULA, CA – On April 25 representatives from the City of Temecula and other project partners participated in the ground breaking ceremony for the solar power generating facility that is being constructed by SMER Research 1, LLC, under a ground lease with San Diego State University, the owner of the Santa Margarita Ecological Reserve. Electricity […]

Animal Predatory Behavior Decreases Near Desert Wind Turbines, Study Finds

PALM SPRINGS, CA – A study conducted at the windmills near Palm Springs showed that predators are less likely to attack prey living near the wind turbines, including desert tortoises that burrow in the Coachella Valley. Researchers from the University of California, Davis and the U.S. Geological Survey employed motion-activated cameras facing the entrances of […]

Hundreds Gather in Fontana to Express Concern about Proposed SCE Rate Increases

Hundreds of people gathered on the afternoon of May 9 at the Jessie Turner Center in Fontana to express their concern about proposed Southern California Edison rate increases. Most attendees were members of the Laborer’s International Union of North America (LiUNA), which claimed that if SCE’s proposal is approved, rates would be 53 percent higher […]

These Southern California Power Companies Are Leading the Energy Storage Revolution

The Coachella Valley’s two electric utilities are national leaders in one of the hottest clean-energy technologies, according to a first-of-its-kind report. The Imperial Irrigation District and Southern California Edison brought more battery storage onto the grid than any other U.S. electric utilities in 2016, according to data compiled by the Smart Electric Power Alliance, which […]

San Jacinto Soon to Offer Electric Power Choice

The San Jacinto Council has agreed to enter an administrative services contract with the City of Lancaster’s California Choice Energy Authority giving residents the opportunity to choose their electric services from the CCEA or keep their current provider Southern California Edison. The two cities in the CCEA, for now, will continue to purchase its power […]

SCE Is Attempting to Raise Rates; Hearings Are Planned in Fontana in May

Southern California Edison (SCE) is seeking to increase its electricity rates, and customers will get two chances to directly address the issue in Fontana in May. The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) will be holding public hearings on Tuesday, May 9 at 2 p.m. and again at 7 p.m. at the Jessie Turner Health and […]

Solar Project at Joshua Tree Airport Put on Hold

JOSHUA TREE — The NextEra corporation is stopping, at least for now, construction of the solar farm planned in the old Roy Williams airport, a company official confirmed this week. “We are not proceeding with immediate construction of the project,” Steven Stengel, a representative of NextEra, said. Joshua Basin Water District General Manager Curt Sauer […]

Lovingood Offers New Plan for Economic Growth including Hotel Bed Tax Initiative

San Bernardino County First District Supervisor and Board Chairman Robert Lovingood has a plan for “proven economic growth” in his county. Supervisor Lovingood’s plan includes Community Choice Aggregation (CCA), and he sees it as a way to create jobs. Neighboring Riverside County is evaluating its own CCA and Apple Valley is set to launch soon – the Inland Empire […]

UC Riverside Is Building a Greenhouse That Will Produce Food and Solar Power

UC Riverside is building a greenhouse with a translucent roof that generates solar power while allowing sunlight to pass through to plants below. The greenhouse will serve as a laboratory to probe the solar energy production, plant growth and costs of growing food in such systems, said Jeff Kaplan, a UCR associate vice chancellor. “We […]

Our View: The Choice seems clear in Apple Valley

The Town of Apple Valley held public information meetings last week about its new Choice Energy program, attracting large crowds of interested residents. Though a few seem to see conspiracies and ulterior motives in just about anything the Town Council is involved in, for us this state-approved program seems like a win-win for residents and […]