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Sempra Unleashes Controversy with Lobbying on Rival Electricity Program

The region’s largest energy provider has been lobbying elected officials for months concerning an increasingly popular electricity program that would give residents and businesses an alternative to San Diego Gas & Electric — even though the company and its critics disagree on whether it has state approval to do so. Officials with Sempra Energy said Thursday that they have been legally meeting with […]

With Net Metering Secure, California Solar Now Faces Uncertainty From Time-of-Use Changes

Last year, California’s solar industry celebrated its win on preserving net metering. This year, it gets hit by the other side of the equation: time-of-use rates. Over the coming months, California’s big three utilities will be filing general rate cases that shift the hourly schedule of on-peak and off-peak hours — and the widely varying retail […]

Peninsula Clean Energy to Enroll 210,000 New Customers and Maintain 5% Discount Compared to PG&E Rates

Customers to be enrolled throughout the month of April REDWOOD CITY – This month, Peninsula Clean Energy (PCE) will begin sending notices to 210,000 residences and businesses throughout San Mateo County to inform them that they are about to receive cleaner electricity and simultaneously save money. At their January board meeting, the PCE Board of Directors […]

Horacio Amezquita: Farmworkers support clean-energy proposal

I am a proud member of the San Jerardo Farmworkers Cooperative in the Salinas Valley. San Jerardo’s residents work the land. We spend the day with our hands in the soil and our backs to the sun. If there is any community who understands that the Earth’s climate is dramatically impacting our planet, it is […]

Lancaster, Calif. Requires Newly Built Houses to Fully Power Themselves with Solar

Lancaster, California has moved beyond requiring solar panels on the rooftops of new houses. A newly passed city ordinance stipulates that those rooftop arrays meet the energy needs of those homes. The city started requiring solar on new homes back in 2014, pioneering a policy that has since been adopted by Sebastopol, Santa Monica and San Francisco, and which was introduced into the California […]

Local Dairy Installs Huge Solar Project

HANFORD – A local dairy has installed what may be the largest solar power system to date for a dairy in Kings County, according to Sunvalley Solar Inc. The company sent out a press release Monday indicating that the 2.2-megawatt system it just finished installing at the Wreden Ranch Dairy between Hanford and Lemoore is the […]

New Two-Megawatt Freethy Industrial Park Solar Unveiled

On Tuesday, February 14, MCE and JHS Properties unveiled Freethy Industrial Park, a new, two-megawatt, ground-mounted solar project in Richmond, marking the completion of MCE’s third Feed-In Tariff project. The Feed-In Tariff (FIT) program invites local entrepreneurs to develop and sell renewable energy to MCE within its service area at a fixed price for twenty years. Four new […]

Santa Monica to Discuss Creating Clean Energy Non-Profit

The City Council will consider Tuesday which direction to go when pursuing a new plan to buy and sell electricity in Santa Monica. A year ago, the Council decided to move forward to establish a local, not-for-profit, public agency to make decisions on sources of energy. The pursuit is part of an overall strategy in […]

School District Spearheads New Power Revolution

San Diego Unified School District offered a glimpse into the ongoing implementation of its climate action plan on Thursday evening (February 9) with its Family Climate Action Summit. A crowd of about 100 trickled into the auditorium at Kearny High School, where climate action awards were presented and school-board vice president Kevin Beiser, along with […]

Full Text of Mayor Sam Liccardo’s State of the City Speech

Mayor Sam Liccardo gave San Jose residents his third State of the City address Saturday, February 11th. Liccardo spoke of unity, inclusion, public safety, prosperity, and laid out plans for connecting and transforming the city. Below is an excerpt from the speech where Liccardo shares his vision for climate leadership and building on the city’s “Green Vision”. The Mayor urges San […]