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Sun Raining Jobs on Oakland, Richmond

The sun has been creating more jobs than before: Solar jobs in Alameda and Contra Costa counties increased in 2016, according to The Solar Foundation, a Washington-based nonprofit organization that advances solar energy use. According to a report that the foundation released in March, the number of solar jobs in Contra Costa County rose to […]

Op-Ed: Community Choice Energy Key Player in Local Climate Change Policy

Deep in the flood of disturbing reports, policy changes and sardonic commentary flowing from Washington D.C., the Trump administration has been recklessly undoing the environmental policy work of the Obama administration. Trump’s commitment to “stopping the war on coal,” for one, reversed the Obama-era moratorium on the federal coal program that provided new coal leases. […]

Community Speaks up for Community Choice at California Public Utilities Commission Meeting on April 6 in Santa Rosa

Half of the thirty-two people who spoke at the April 6 meeting of the California Public Utilities Commission spoke in support of Community Choice Energy and/or Sonoma Clean Power. A strong showing of support for Community Choice. Ann Hancock noted the auspicious nature of the location, Santa Rosa City Council Chambers, as being the location […]

California Solar Spike Leads to Negative CAISO Real-Time Prices in March

Dive Brief: Solar capacity on the California Independent System Operator (CAISO) system spiked last year, leading to negative prices at times when output is highest but demand is not. According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, total solar capacity in California (including both distributed and utility-scale systems) grew from less than 1 GW in 2007 […]

Torrance City Council Votes to Review South Bay Clean Power Business Plan

April 4th the Torrance City Council Council voted 6-1 to approve their City Manager’s recommendations that they: 1) Receive and file the South Bay Clean Power (SBCP) Working Group’s draft Joint Powers Authority Agreement, Business Plan, and presentation; and 2) Receive and file the Los Angeles Community Choice Energy Working Group’s final Joint Powers Authority Agreement and […]

Redondo Beach May Get into the Alternative Energy Game

Nothing at the Redondo Beach City Council seems to happen these days without controversy. In the final minutes of Tuesday’s council meeting, two demonstrators scolded the governing body and questioned the science behind global warming. It was the last meeting for Mayor Steve Aspel, who lost his re-election bid earlier this month and for outgoing […]

Does LA-Area Need All That Natural Gas from Aliso Canyon? Not Really, Study Finds

Southern California won’t plunge into darkness this summer or next winter if the Aliso Canyon natural gas facility remains untapped for a while longer, according to conclusions reached in a Los Angeles County study. The findings, compiled by researchers with EES Consulting Inc., contradict warnings by state regulators of rolling blackouts and no heat if […]

Southern California Edison To Bring Online 50 MW Tesla Powerpack 2 Systems

California will shortly bring more Tesla energy storage systems online in Southern California Edison’s (SCE’s) service area. The 50 MW projects (utilizing Tesla’s Powerpack 2) are conducted by Macquarie Capital, the corporate advisory, capital markets and principal investing arm of Macquarie Group (a global finance corporation). Beside the large scale of storage systems, Macquarie boasts an industry-first […]

OPINION: San Benito County moves toward Community Choice Energy

The Green Business Committee (GBC) of the San Benito County Chamber of Commerce was assembled in 2009 to promote technologies, business practices and policies that encourage the efficient use of natural resources. As the Committee’s mission statement says, “The Green Business Committee was formed to celebrate economic vitality with environmental sustainability. We believe in meeting […]

Unions Wait to Weigh in On San Diego’s Renewable Energy Ambitions

San Diego environmentalists are ready to transform the region’s energy sector, but it isn’t clear yet how much support they’ll get from local labor unions. San Diego wants 100 percent of electricity sold within city limits to come from renewable sources by 2035. City officials say it won’t just be good for the environment, it’ll […]