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Napa County is already looking ahead to a 2017-18 budget that raises such questions as to whether county buildings should use 100 percent renewable energy. But adding bold new, far-reaching county programs? That doesn’t appear to be in the cards. “We expect this to be a fairly lean budget year,” Assistant County Executive Officer Alice […]
The transition toward renewable, alternative energy in San Mateo County is slated to accelerate in the coming months. Peninsula Clean Energy, the county’s new electricity provider, is finalizing contracts with energy suppliers and enrolling a second batch of residents, businesses and farms as customers. Meanwhile, staff and board members are proceeding carefully as they plot […]
DANVILLE — Residents will have a chance to weigh in next week on a plan that could change how they get their electricity. Danville and San Ramon, along with Contra Costa County and other East Bay municipalities, are studying whether to join an existing electricity cooperative or perhaps form their own. Danville has approved spending $10,000 […]
EDF Energies Nouvelles (EDF EN) said today it has commissioned four US wind parks with a combined capacity surpassing 708 MW and also announced the signing of a 150-MW solar power purchase agreement (PPA). EDF EN, which is the renewable energy arm of French power group EDF (EPA:EDF), said it has commissioned the 125.6-MW Tyler […]
Citing a significant drop in the cost of solar power, Sonoma Clean Power says it will cut its electric rates for residential customers in March about 10 percent. “Solar is beginning to drive the electric market in California,” said Sonoma Clean Power CEO Geof Syphers. The price for solar power “has been dropping remarkably,” Syphers said. […]
While President-elect Donald Trump is naming climate science deniers and fossil fuel representatives to his Cabinet, Silicon Valley continues to invest in the clean energy economy. In coming years, our region’s leadership on environmental sustainability will be crucial to countering the regressive energy policies of the new administration. Companies, universities, and individuals in Silicon Valley […]
In a creative approach to producing clean, cheaper electricity, plans are moving ahead to install floating solar panels on holding ponds operated by the Sonoma County Water Agency and the Town of Windsor. One of the more appealing aspects of the floating panels is they don’t take up agricultural land, open space or scenic corridors, […]
The Alameda County Board of Supervisors officially created a regional energy authority. The board also finalized a Joint Powers Agreement to allow East Bay municipalities to work together to procure energy for customers and have more input ensuring that energy comes from clean, local, renewable sources. Already, 11 local cities have voted to join Alameda […]
SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT Sunnyvale, Calif. – The cities of Campbell, Cupertino, Morgan Hill, Mountain View, Saratoga and Sunnyvale have taken their commitment to protecting our climate even further by voting to enroll their municipal electricity accounts in Silicon Valley Clean Energy’s optional GreenPrime program starting April 2017. The electricity in these communities to run city-owned facilities, […]
The Alameda County Board of Supervisors has formally created a regional energy authority and finalized a Joint Powers Agreement to allow East Bay municipalities to work together to procure energy for customers and have more input in ensuring that their energy comes from clean, local, renewable sources. Already, 11 local cities have voted to join […]