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Going “Deep Green” Among Napa County Budget Options

Napa County is already looking ahead to a 2017-18 budget that raises such questions as to whether county buildings should use 100 percent renewable energy. But adding bold new, far-reaching county programs? That doesn’t appear to be in the cards. “We expect this to be a fairly lean budget year,” Assistant County Executive Officer Alice […]

Peninsula Clean Energy Prepares for Next Phase of Renewables

The transition toward renewable, alternative energy in San Mateo County is slated to accelerate in the coming months. Peninsula Clean Energy, the county’s new electricity provider, is finalizing contracts with energy suppliers and enrolling a second batch of residents, businesses and farms as customers. Meanwhile, staff and board members are proceeding carefully as they plot […]

LA County’s First Chief Sustainability Officer To Regionally Advance Sustainability

Los Angeles County has hired its first Chief Sustainability Officer, Gary Gero, to regionally advance sustainability. The Planning Report sat down with Mr. Gero to discuss sustainability issues in the nation’s largest county, and here is what he had to say about Community Choice Aggregation and programs to facilitate the growth of renewables across the […]

A Big Test for Big Batteries

ESCONDIDO, Calif. — In Southern California in the fall of 2015, a giant natural gas leak not only caused one of the worst environmental disasters in the nation’s history, it also knocked out a critical fuel source for regional power plants. Energy regulators needed a quick fix. But rather than sticking with gas, they turned to a technology […]

Demand for Solar Power Climbing

When REC Solar finished a solar energy installation for Taylor Farms in September in Gonzales, Calif., it represented the company’s 100th completed project in the agriculture sector. Garrett Colburn, director of marketing communications and demand generation for REC Solar, said the 20-year-old San Luis Obispo, Calif.-based company has done most of its ag-related work in […]

Danville, San Ramon Consider Options for Buying Electricity

DANVILLE — Residents will have a chance to weigh in next week on a plan that could change how they get their electricity. Danville and San Ramon, along with Contra Costa County and other East Bay municipalities, are studying whether to join an existing electricity cooperative or perhaps form their own. Danville has approved spending $10,000 […]

Competing Plans Afoot for Offshore Utility-Scale Wind Farm

In December the federal agency that decides what kind of energy development takes place in our nation’s coastal waters issued a guidebook to understanding how renewable energy projects get approved and built. It’s a wonky topic of particular interest to the Central Coast, as firms jockey to build an offshore wind farm near Morro Bay. If Alla Weinstein […]

Mark your Calendar – California Public Utilities Commission Coming to your Town!

The California Public Utilities commission (CPUC) will be taking its show on the road in 2017. Historically the CPUC has held a few regional meetings each year, but legislation enacted in 2015 now requires the CPUC to meet in Sacramento and in other communities outside of their headquarter city of San Francisco several times per […]

Valley Clean Energy Alliance Launch: Board of Directors Hold Inaugural Meeting

On December 14, 2016, I attended the first Board of Directors meeting for the Valley Clean Energy Alliance (VCEA). The VCEA is a new joint powers agency between Yolo County and the City of Davis, with the purpose of providing electric generation services to its residents under Community Choice Energy (CCE). Reducing greenhouse gas emissions […]

Low-Income Families Join Solar Revolution with Help of California NGO

If you were to make a list of the poorest areas in Los Angeles, somewhere on that list would be Bertha Dortch’s neighbourhood in Inglewood. The 68-year-old is on a fixed income, but she’s chosen to take in her great-granddaughter and two foster children. On hot days, she faces difficult choices — does she keep the house cool, […]