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There is no stopping Community Choice Energy

CPUC decision on October 11 will not succeed in crushing community power Early indications are that the decision made by the California Public Utilities Commission of October 11, as bad as it is, is not going to stop emerging or operational Community Choice agencies (CCAs) from carrying on. As most readers probably know by now, […]

Blockchain Is Key to Local Clean Energy Future

In this era of Big Data and break-neck innovation, Distributed Ledger Technology, popularly known as blockchain, will be key to creating smart local systems with renewables, storage, and electric vehicles. What blockchain means for the energy industry as a whole, and local energy providers such as Community Choice Agencies, is addressed in The Energy Web […]

First Solar sells 100-MW California solar project

First Solar and D. E. Shaw Renewable Investments (DESRI) today announced the acquisition by a DESRI affiliate of the 100-MW Willow Springs Solar Project in Kern County, California. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. The project, which was developed by First Solar, is currently under construction, with completion estimated at the end of 2018. […]

Marin Transit rolls out first all-electric buses

Beyond the fact that it was packed full of Marin County government leaders, the green bus traveling through the Civic Center on Tuesday afternoon was not your typical day in transit. As the 35-foot bus took its first passenger load in Marin County for a test ride, the drive was noticeably more silent. The chatter […]

California’s publicly owned utilities making great energy efficiency strides, but significant potential remains

SAN FRANCISCO – California consumers saved roughly $4.3 billion on electricity costs and the earth’s atmosphere was spared of more than 2 million metric tons of carbon pollution in the past 12 years, thanks to energy efficiency measures taken by 38 of the state’s publicly owned utilities, but there is significant opportunity for more savings, […]

esVolta scores another win with 38.5 MWh SCE battery contract

Batteries are increasingly becoming big business, particularly in California, and this is leading to the growth of a new class of energy storage start-ups. One of the companies that is scaling rapidly is esVolta. The company only formed at the end of 2017, coming out of the gate with the acquisition of 116 megawatt-hours (MWh) […]

Hitting Back Against Silicon Valley Clean Energy Rumors

Silicon Valley Clean Energy (SVCE) recently started providing carbon-free electricity to Milpitas residents and businesses. For those who have not followed the progression of this change over the past 2 years, concerns about it may arise. Rumors from people who don’t know the facts make things worse. Here are some myths I have heard… An […]

What Ventura’s 100 percent renewable energy rate may cost you

By next year, it’s possible a majority of Ventura’s energy consumers will be getting 100 percent of their power from renewable sources, and they will be paying up to 9 percent more. Their bill will continue to come from Southern California Edison but they, some without knowing it, will have become customers of an alternative energy provider. […]

Energy efficiency helps housing affordability, especially for low-income families

The following is a viewpoint by Maria Stamas, Western Director of Energy Affordability with the Natural Resources Defense Council, and Andrew McAllister, a Commissioner of the California Energy Commission. Many of us don’t spend much time thinking about how energy efficiency helps ensure our appliances aren’t wasting energy and that keeping our showers warm doesn’t […]

Revised PG&E ‘exit fee’ impact to vary on MB community power, customers

MONTEREY — Despite statewide and local warnings about the potential impact of a revised Pacific Gas & Electric Co. “exit fee” approved by the California Public Utilities Commission last week, Monterey Bay Community Power officials said the relatively new power agency is sticking to its promise to keep their bills lower than PG&E’s and is […]