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Air Quality Lawsuit Adds to Oil Refinery’s Woes

An idle refinery in Bakersfield is stirring up trouble as residents fight to keep in inactive. The refinery has been issued a permit to restart and expand operations. However, due to a downturn in the economy and the price of oil, restarting operations may not be feasible. Residents and clean air proponents are fighting to […]

Orinda City Council Declines Funding CCE Study

“The Orinda City Council stayed focused on its roads, not renewable energy, when it decided not to contribute funds to a proposed study of Community Choice Energy (CCE). After hearing a detailed review of developments in the area and explanation of what the county seeks to determine with the study, the council decided that it […]

Menlo Park has joined Peninsula Clean Energy

The City of Menlo Park has joined Peninsula Clean Energy (PCE). Menlo Park released an announcement today quickly detailing Community Choice Aggregation and the benefits it offers. PCE plans to launch soon and has been sending notices out to customers giving them the option to “opt-out” of the program if they choose. Please stay tuned for more […]

Clean Power goals

In response to the recent announcements from Sonoma Clean Power (SCP) on their plans for the future, Don Green wrote a letter to the editor of the Press Democrat to remind us of SCP’s goals. Don asks that we do not focus solely on price competition with PG&E, but for Sonoma County to take advantage […]

Life in San Joaquin valley, the place with the worst air pollution in America

Air quality in the San Joaquin Valley has been identified as some of the worst in the nation according to the World Health Organization. This article explores the social, economic, political, and geographical issues impacting quality of life in the Valley. “The United Nations’ health agency linked Visalia and Porterville, two small cities 30 miles apart […]

First Biofuel Facility Running on Renewable Heat Generated On-Site

This is the world’s first biofuel facility that runs entirely on renewable energy generated on-site. They produced 20 million gallons of fuel last year, and plan to continue the same level of production into the future. “Near the Fresno/Kings county line at Biodico’s Westside Facility at Red Rock Ranch, the world’s first biofuel production facility […]

North Bay Roundup

Here is what has been happening in the North Bay lately: MCE Clean Energy has been busy adding seven new municipalities — Lafayette, Walnut Creek, Napa, American Canyon, St. Helena, Calistoga, and Yountville  — to their joint powers authority (JPA). Dawn Weisz CEO, of MCE, says that by adding to the cities to the JPA, their customers could […]

Silicon Valley Community Choice Programs Moving Forward: Two CEOs Hired

Peninsula Clean Energy and Silicon Valley Clean Energy, both newly formed, took substantial strides in recent weeks toward preparing their programs for launch. The nascent effort in San Jose is also moving down the tracks. Peninsula Clean Energy (PCE), encompassing all twenty cities plus the unincorporated areas of San Mateo County, established its joint powers […]

Fresno On Path To Becoming An Advanced Energy Community

The California Energy Commission has awarded the Fresno Local Government Commission $1.5 million to create an integrated clean energy market to serve the Fresno community. The project will focus on Downtown Fresno, the Blackstone Corridor, and the neighborhoods surrounding those areas. “The two-year project will result in greater electricity reliability for the community and lower […]

A Spark of Change in Fresno

The City of Fresno is situated in the heart of California’s agricultural powerhouse the San Joaquin Valley, and is often viewed as the economic capital of the area. Despite its importance and continual growth, the state’s fifth largest city struggles with some of the worst air pollution in the country. To address this issue, the […]