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Editorial: Is Sonoma Heading Toward ‘Greener’ Pastures?

The Sonoma City Council is putting its GHG emissions where its mouth is – and, no, that’s not the opening to a joke about politicians and gasbags. Rather, it’s the reality behind two recent council decisions that show the city going in a notably green direction. It’s a small sample size, to be sure, but […]

Marin Transit to Buy All-Electric Buses for Fleet

Marin will have a first by late next summer — all-electric buses rolling around the county on a permanent basis. Marin Transit will buy two all-electric battery buses as part of a $1.6 million project to get cleaner-burning vehicles on the road. The project will provide an opportunity to test the technology using the two 35-foot buses, […]

Solar Power Store Highlights Bright Potential for Clean Energy

Next to the Village Pet Market, two doors down from Trader Joe’s, a vision of California’s energy future is for sale. Bland’s Solar & Air, in a nondescript strip mall here, looks a little like a car dealership, only for personal electricity generators from the sun. The unusual storefront gives potential customers a chance to do the […]

The L.A. DWP to Install Rooftop Solar: Potential for Community Choice Programs

The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (DWP) wants to pay homeowners in the city’s southeastern neighborhoods to install solar panels on their roofs, and Community Choice Energy (CCE) programs should be taking note. The DWP’s program would credit eligible homeowners $30 per month, or $360 per year to host city-owned solar panels on their property. […]

Grant to Fund RTD Zero-Emission Buses

STOCKTON — In an effort to improve air quality in the Central Valley, the San Joaquin Regional Transit District will be welcoming new zero-emission buses into its fleet next year. The agency was one of five in the Valley to be awarded the buses through the California Air Resources Board, the San Joaquin Valley Air […]

Large Lemoore Solar Project Cleared for Takeoff

The Department of the Navy and Recurrent Energy have signed a lease agreement to build a 167-megawatt solar facility on roughly 930 acres of land at Naval Air Station Lemoore in Kings County. Construction is expected to start next year and be completed by 2019. In the planning for several years, this solar facility will […]

How California Utility Regulators Are Turning Electric Vehicles into Grid Resources

New numbers show California’s peak demand will stress its grid more than previously thought, and in response policymakers are pushing ahead with an unexpected solution: electric vehicles. In 2015, California’s grid needed as much as 10,091 MW of quick-responding resources to meet a three-hour load spike in the late afternoon and early evening. During the […]

FERC Proposes to Open up Wholesale Markets for Energy Storage and Aggregation

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission just took its strongest step yet to initiate markets for energy storage across the nation. The commission, which governs interstate power transmission and wholesale markets, proposed a rule Thursday that would require each regional transmission organization and independent system operator to create rules for energy storage to participate in wholesale markets. The new […]

The New Green Grid: Utilities Deploy ‘Virtual Power Plants’

The tens of thousands of tons of natural gas that surged into the Southern California sky late last year were supposed to have fueled the region’s power plants and heated its homes. Instead, the massive leak at the Aliso Canyon storage site left California electricity providers racing to replace the lost supplies to avoid blackouts and recurring outages […]

San Juan Bautista Considers Green Energy Alternative

City hears presentation about Monterey Bay Community Power, which give customers the option to opt-out of PG&E service San Juan Bautista City Council members gathered Nov. 17 to discuss the possibility of joining the Monterey Bay Community Power (MBCP), a regional project designed to provide a green energy alternative to businesses and residents in Monterey, Santa Cruz and San […]