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PG&E Electricity Bills Will Rise This Week amid Rate Restructuring

SAN FRANCISCO — PG&E on Monday unveiled a restructuring of how the utility charges people for electricity, a move that will impose a steep increase in electric bills for residential customers. The higher electricity costs, which take effect March 1, mark the second time in two months that power bills have risen for PG&E customers. Monthly electricity bills […]

Regulators Investigating SDG&E for Potential Lobbying Violations

State regulators said they’re investigating San Diego Gas & Electric’s efforts to influence the local adoption of government-run electricity programs, saying the company doesn’t have permission to do so yet. Officials with SDG&E and its parent company, Sempra Energy, said they’ve done no wrong. They said the California Public Utilities Commission cleared their specially designated marketing division to lobby on community […]

California Senate Leader Puts 100% Renewable Energy on the Table in New Legislation

It wasn’t just talk — Senate leader Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles) is proposing legislation that would require California to generate all of its electricity from renewable sources. The measure, SB 584, was introduced without fanfare before last week’s deadline for new proposals in the Capitol. If approved, 100% of the state’s electricity would need to […]

Herding Cats: California PUC President Picker on the new DER Action Plan

A new regulatory roadmap aims to guide the power sector into the distributed energy future, but is everyone along for the ride? The growth of distributed energy resources (DERs) presents intrinsic challenges to electric utilities, from reliability to grid planning and rate design. And for nearly two decades, no state has done more to adapt […]

This Is Our South Bay Clean Power Business Plan

It is our very great pleasure to publicly share the South Bay Clean Power draft Business Plan, which we have delivered to: Each of the 14 South Bay and Westside cities that requested to be part of the Los Angeles County CCA feasibility study. All five LA County Supervisors as well as the LA County CCA team we’ve been […]

Andy Hartmann: We can do better by focusing locally on community power

Guest commentary The jurisdictions that make up the Monterey Bay community have been asked to consider joining an emerging Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) program known as Monterey Bay Community Power (MBCP). A draft joint powers agreement has recently been circulated for immediate approval by our cities and counties. IBEW Local 234 believes that a properly […]

Mighty Heidi: Heidi Harmon wants SLO to be a net-zero emissions city. Can it happen? 

Before becoming the mayor of San Luis Obispo, Heidi Harmon often searched for symbolic victories in her progressive and environmentally centered political career. One of her favorites happened during her campaign for the 35th District State Assembly seat in 2014. Running against Republican incumbent Katcho Achadjian, Harmon recognized from the outset that she’d likely lose […]

Santa Monica Community Choice Aggregation

Sustainability is a key value for the City of Santa Monica and its residents. Recently, the City set ambitious greenhouse gas reduction goals, aiming to be completely carbon neutral by 2050 or sooner. When it comes to reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, one of the first places to look is our energy supply. In order […]

County Rejects Proposal to Study Alternative Electricity Program

The county Board of Supervisors on Wednesday blocked efforts to explore a public energy program that would provide residents and businesses an alternative to San Diego Gas & Electric. Despite Supervisor Dianne Jacob urging approval, the board decided against launching a feasibility study of a government-run electricity program that in parts of California has routinely delivered […]

County Starts Climate Impact Study

HANFORD – The state was offering a grant to counties to study and prepare for local effects of climate change, and Kings County went for it. This week, county supervisors accepted $9,900 in federal money funneled through the state to have employees at the Kings County Department of Public Health conduct the study, which should finish […]