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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 […]

Placer County to Become Energy Provider? Auburn City Council Hears Presentation on Proposal

Should Auburn buy energy from Placer County? That’s the question Auburn City Council members may face in the coming months, after county Treasurer-Tax Collector Jenine Windeshausen gave an initial presentation to council members Monday. She said the measure would allow counties and cities to use forest fuel load, waste streams, hydroelectric power and energy efficiency […]

Placer County Moves Closer to Utility Role

Placer County inched forward to purchasing and possibly generating energy on behalf of residents with a new joint-powers agreement for its Community Choice Aggregation program (CCA). Several counties now use landfill gas, waste energy and other local resources to generate energy for local needs, including in Marin and Sonoma counties. Assembly Bill 117 passed in 2002, allowing […]

GBUAPCD Accepting Comments on Solar Project

THE GREAT BASIN UNIFIED AIR POLLUTION CONTROL DISTRICT REQUESTS PUBLIC COMMENT ON THE DISTRICTS DECISION TO ALLOW CONSTRUCTION AND OPERATION OF A FOUR ACRE SOLAR PROJECT Pursuant to District Rule 205, the District solicits public comment on proposed Authority to Construct to be granted to Coso Energy Developers for a four acre solar power generation […]

Let the Sun Shine! Visitor Center in Lone Pine Turns on Solar System

The Inyo National Forest is pleased to announce that the solar photovoltaic (PV) system at the Eastern Sierra Visitor Center in Lone Pine was turned on in December. This system should meet nearly 100% of the facility’s electrical demand. “The solar photovoltaic system installation at the visitor center in Lone Pine exemplifies the Forest Service’s commitment to leading by […]

City Gives OK to Expansion of Sierra Valley Energy Authority Joint Powers Agreement

An amendment to the Sierra Valley Energy Authority agreement was unanimously approved at the Feb. 22 Colfax City Council meeting. Placer County Treasurer-Tax Collector Jenine Windeshausen spoke in favor of the amendment that expands the joint powers agreement and allows Placer County, Colfax and other cities in the county to initiate a community-choice energy aggregate, […]

PG&E to Withdraw Relicense Application for DeSabla-Centerville Hydroelectric Facility in Butte County

CHICO, Calif. February 2, 2017 – Reflecting California’s changing energy landscape and rising operating costs at the DeSabla-Centerville hydroelectric facility in Butte County, Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) announced today that it will withdraw its application for a new license for the facility from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). PG&E’s withdrawal of the […]

Sierra Nevada Brewery Installs 1 MWh Tesla Powerpack System

The Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. is using a bunch of Tesla batteries, along with solar power and a microturbine generator, to help make beer brewing more environmentally friendly at its Chico, California facility. The company has installed a 1MWh Tesla Powerpack battery system, taking power from an existing 10,751-panel, two-megawatt solar installation — the largest […]