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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 […]

Ojai Company Leads Way to Reliable, Clean Energy

The Feb. 10 article in the Pacific Coast Business Times, “Power to the people: SimpliPhi to double production at Ojai battery storage plant,” about how the Ojai company is positioning itself for growth, can be viewed through the lens of current trends in energy policy. Policy-makers in California and Washington, D.C., should throw open the […]

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 […]