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CCAs Bring Comeuppance to Big Utilities

You can call it a form of comeuppance for huge privately owned California utility companies unscathed so far by exposure of their negligence and blundering of the past decade. They now find themselves deeply threatened by what some might consider a small army of mosquitos. No individual was penalized when a federal trial found Pacific […]

Another View: Placer’s energy future

The Golden State Warriors with their lightening passes, 3-pointers from the other side of the moon and tenacious defense clobbered the Cavs to win the NBA Basketball Championship. It’s exciting to watch a team perform at the top of their game. In the public policy arena, the stakes are higher. We need our local elected […]

Sierra Valley Energy Authority Seeks IT Services

Placer County and the cities of Colfax, Rocklin, Auburn, and Loomis have formed a Joint Powers Authority (JPA) for the purpose of administering a new Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) program. The new JPA is called Sierra Valley Energy Authority (SVEA). The purpose of SVEA is to take local control over the electricity supply from the […]

Time for Redding, REU to Go Solar

California now gets a very significant portion of its electrical generation from solar power.  So much so that consumers were just advised to turn off unneeded lights and unplug appliances on Aug. 21 when a partial solar eclipse will cover the state. With our temperate to hot temperatures, why is the city of Redding not generating its […]

Meeting Will Gather Input on Sonora Energy-Efficiency Plan

A public workshop was held on Monday, June 9th, to gather input on a plan aimed at improving energy efficiency throughout the City of Sonora. The Sierra Business Council is developing an “energy action plan” for the city as part of its climate planning program that’s funded by a public-good surcharge on Pacific Gas and […]

Auburn OKs Community Choice in Energy Field

Energy, power and the Pacific Gas and Electric Company were the big talk at Monday night’s City Council meeting. Jenine Windeshausen, treasurer-tax collector for Placer County, was the main source of information for a new energy program called Community Choice Aggregation. Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) is a program that allows cities and counties to buy and/or generate […]

DOE, GRID Complete 56 California Tribal Solar Installations

On April 22, nonprofit solar installer GRID Alternatives joined the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and the Bishop Paiute Tribe at an Earth Day event marking the completion of 56 no-cost rooftop solar installations on tribal lands in California. GRID leveraged grants from the DOE and the California Public Utilities Commission’s Single-family Affordable Solar Housing […]

CSE Helps Create Wood-to-Energy Demonstration Project

The Center for Sustainable Energy (CSE) is a partner in a renewable energy project in California’s northeastern Yuba County that promises to help alleviate the threat of wildfire while demonstrating the practicality of using forest biomass that would otherwise simply decay for generating power. Dead and dying trees are a problem throughout California’s Sierra Nevada, […]

South Lake Tahoe Sets Goal of 100 Percent Renewable Energy by 2032

South Lake Tahoe City Council unanimously approved a resolution Tuesday committing to a goal of 100 percent renewable energy by 2032. South Lake Tahoe is now the 26th city in the U.S. to adopt such a goal, including many towns in California, Utah and Colorado. “Working on planning projects in the Tahoe Basin, it’s very […]

Sierra Institute Wins Award for Proposal to Turn Logging Waste into Energy

Taylorsville – Sierra Institute for Community and Environment, a research organization focused on education and community collaboration, has won a $100,000 national competition for its entrepreneurial approach to solving challenges facing national forests across the country. The institute’s winning business plan capitalizes on California’s alternative energy markets and the woody material available in local national […]