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Exclusive: California’s Top Regulator Says It’s Time to Consider Full Retail Electricity Choice

As if California’s electric grid isn’t already changing fast enough, the state’s leading regulator says it’s probably time to change even faster. In an interview on this week’s Interchange podcast, Michael Picker, president of the California Public Utilities Commission, said that he believes the state should consider liberalizing its retail electricity market in order to […]

‘Community Choice Energy’ is Just Two Months Away, Humboldt

RCEA is working to implement the community choice program with a team of consultants selected through an open, competitive solicitation. The consulting team brings needed expertise and experience from working with the successful CCEs already operating elsewhere in the state. RCEA staff have formed our own in-house CCE team and are building local program management […]

PG&E Causes Controversy with New Pricing Announcement

After soaring monthly bills from Pacific Gas and Electric Co. this winter prompted a public outcry, California utility regulators said Thursday that they will consider tweaking natural gas rates to ease the pain. The California Public Utilities Commission, which sets rates for the state’s three big utilities, said it will consider ways to prevent future […]

Integrate Western Power Grid to Reduce Emissions, Energy Costs

California has built up an excess of electricity-generation capacity in the years following the crisis of 2000-01, the Los Angeles Times recently reported. Some have sought to justify this as insurance against more shortages and blackouts. A far more cost-effective solution would be to fix inefficiencies of our fragmented western electric grid. This also could put […]

PG&E Says Cannabis Growers Are Now Eligible for Agricultural Rates

The start of the month marks the first time that cannabis growers in the state can receive agricultural energy rates from the Pacific Gas and Electric Company.  FM89’s Ezra David Romero explains. Even though recreational marijuana can’t be sold in California until 2018 PG&E is now allowing current farmers growing cannabis for medical purposes and future recreational […]

UPS Announces $18M Solar Energy Expansion

Parcel giant UPS this week announced plans to implement solar energy systems in at least eight additional U.S. facilities by the end of the year. The $18 million initiative will expand the company’s solar capacity by nearly 10 megawatts, a five-fold increase from its current capacity. The expansion will include the purchase of more than 26,000 […]

SamTrans, Caltrain to Use 100 Percent Renewable Electricity from Community Choice Energy Programs

The Boards of Directors for SamTrans and Caltrain have voted to expand their use of renewable electricity service options for their respective agencies. By working with Peninsula Clean Energy (PCE) in San Mateo County, both SamTrans and Caltrain will meet their power needs in San Mateo County through 100 percent renewable sources such as solar, […]

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, […]

Puente Plant Not Needed

We appreciate Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson standing with the city against a new gas-fired Puente power plant. Her comment to the California Energy Commission states, “I believe CEC should focus their effort on developing storage solutions and assisting the state in moving away from natural gas facilities.” Ojai’s SimpliPhi seeks, in fact, to double its production of the […]