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Marin’s airport land commission clears solar project for takeoff

A three-megawatt solar facility that will generate enough electricity to power 800 homes proposed on two vacant lots adjacent to Gnoss Field in unincorporated Novato was cleared for takeoff by the county’s Airport Land Use Commission on Monday. The county Planning Commission, which serves as the Airport Land Use Commission, reviewed the project and confirmed […]

Tulare County ready to make the ‘switch’ to solar

VISALIA – Tulare County is going green. Not with cannabis of course, but with energy. Last week the Tulare County Board Supervisors, county staff and community members gathered to “Flip the Switch” at Government Plaza. The symbolic light switch denotes the County’s new partnership to implement a large-scale solar energy project at several County facilities, […]

GRID Alternatives awarded $4.4 million to develop first low-income community solar pilot projects in California

The California Department of Community Services and Development (CSD) awarded GRID Alternatives $4.4 million for two Community Solar Pilot projects in Contra Costa and Riverside Counties. These first-in-California community solar projects are part of California Climate Investments and will make solar energy accessible to more low-income households. California Climate Investments is a statewide initiative that uses Cap-and-Trade dollars to […]

California Public Utilities Commission President Michael Picker to step down

Michael Picker, California’s top utility regulator, said Thursday he plans to step down later this year, opening up a crucial leadership role in the state’s efforts to quell wildfires and combat climate change. Picker, the president of the California Public Utilities Commission, made the announcement at a commission meeting in San Francisco. He said he […]

Renewable energy microgrid to power Oakland conference

The VERGE 19 conference and expo will be powered by a fully functional, renewably powered microgrid, demonstrating the resilience and radical efficiency that is the essence of VERGE conferences.  VERGE 19, Oct. 22-24 in Oakland, is the platform for companies, cities and communities accelerating the clean economy. The event convenes more than 3,000 leaders to […]

Effort to allow electricity from large dams to count as renewable energy in California fails to pass

A controversial effort to broaden California’s definition of renewable energy has fizzled out. The proposal would have allowed electricity from a large dam in the Central Valley to count the same as solar and wind. Under a law signed last year by former Gov. Jerry Brown aimed at reducing smog and greenhouse gas emissions, utilities […]

Utilities commission turns back SDG&E, keeps ‘high usage charge’ on bills

After thousands of San Diego Gas & Electric customers saw their bills go through the roof during last year’s sweltering summer, the utility asked the California Public Utilities Commission to suspend or eliminate a recently instituted “high usage charge” as a way to offer some financial relief. But the commission, known as the CPUC for short, has rejected the […]

East Bay Community Energy Approves Resource Adequacy Contract with Vistra Energy for New Battery Energy Storage Project, Paving Way for Shut Down of Fossil Fuel-Fired Power Plant in Oakland

Oakland, Calif. – The East Bay Community Energy (EBCE) board of directors on June 5 approved a contract with Vistra Energy to receiveresource adequacy capacity from a 20-megawatt (MW)/80-megawatt-hour (MWh) battery energy storage project that is currently planned to be built as a partial replacement for an aging, jet fuel-fired power plant located in the heart of Oakland. EBCE is a CommunityChoice Energy provider that serves most of Alameda County and is committed to increasing clean power within its local communities. The board’s approval of […]

Advocates Push for Clean, City Run Energy Program in San Clemente

Renewable energy advocates are urging South Orange County cities to consider implementing a Community Choice Energy program (CCE) to bring cleaner, more affordable energy to local residents and businesses, while giving cities local purchasing power for electricity. So far, more than 160 cities and 19 counties across California have formed their own CCEs, a nonprofit […]

Agency’s effort to retire Oakland power plant moves forward

An old fossil-fuel burning power plant in Oakland’s Jack London Square area is one step closer to being replaced with cleaner energy sources. The board of East Bay Community Energy, an Alameda County agency that buys green power for local residents, on Wednesday approved a contract with the plant’s owner for an 80-megawatt-hour battery installation […]