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UC investments are going fossil free. But not exactly for the reasons you may think

Our job is to make money for the University of California, and we’re betting we can do that without fossil fuels investments. We are investors and fiduciaries for what is widely considered the best public research university in the world. That makes us fiscally conservative by nature and by policy — “Risk rules” is one […]

SF approves legislation requiring renewable electricity sources for commercial buildings

The San Francisco Board of Supervisors on Tuesday approved an ordinance that requires commercial buildings over 50,000 square feet to begin relying on electricity generated from renewable sources. The legislation, introduced by Mayor London Breed, was passed by unanimous vote and amends existing environment code for all non-residential buildings. The ordinance requires the city’s largest […]

Scientists have found a way to use the cold of night to generate electricity

Scientists have discovered a way to power a light by using the cold of outer space, which could eventually be used to create the nighttime counterpart to solar energy.  Using an inexpensive thermoelectric device, they’re able to harness the cold of space without an active heat input. The process, called radiative sky cooling, can generate enough […]

Vote delayed on SLO’s electric-building law; councilwoman accused of conflict of interest

Just as the San Luis Obispo City Council was preparing to approve a new clean energy choice law, the vote has been delayed to consider a conflict-of-interest claim. A utility labor union alleges that Vice Mayor Andy Pease should have recused herself on Sept. 3 from voting to support a policy that encourages new construction […]

California regulators identify multi-gigawatt energy shortfall

The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) has issued a decision within which regulators have identified “the potential for electricity system resource adequacy shortages beginning in 2021,” which is a way of using a lot of technical words to say that they’re facing a shortfall of generation on the grid. So, when one decides there isn’t enough energy […]

Energy plan may bring more solar, wind power to Santa Barbara County

A Strategic Energy Plan adopted by the Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors could allow the development of projects to provide power to critical facilities during disasters and public safety power shutdowns, make the county more energy independent, give ranchers a way to supplement their income and increase the use of renewable resources to reduce […]

Looming Grid Shortfall Prompts 2.5GW California Procurement Proposal

State regulators have proposed a major set of responses to what could be a looming grid reliability shortfall in Southern California, including a 2.5-gigawatt reliability resources procurement between 2021 and 2023. Although the proposed ‘all-source’ procurement would allow existing natural gas-fired peaker plants to compete, it could also open a massive new market for renewable […]

Microgrids Offer Communities Bridge to Sustainable Future

In September 2017, Hurricane Maria, a Category 4 storm packing sustained winds of 155 miles per hour, took direct aim at Puerto Rico. Ranking as the worst natural disaster to ever hit the island, the hurricane devastated Puerto Rico’s electrical grid and left most of its residents without power for more than six months, according […]

Supervisors vote to go forward on Community Choice Energy; Gaspar votes no

The County Board of Supervisors voted 3-2 Tuesday to continue exploring the idea of getting into the business of buying and selling electricity. Supervisors Kristin Gaspar and Jim Desmond opposed the motion. The action came after a feasibility study/business plan was presented to the Board on the pros and cons of community choice energy also […]

Inland Empire Utilities Agency and Inland Empire Regional Composting Authority Launch Battery and Solar Project

Rancho Cucamonga, CA – The Inland Empire Utilities Agency (IEUA) and Inland Empire Regional Composting Authority (IERCA) will host a dedication event for their award-winning, landmark water-energy project on September 19 at 10:00 a.m. IEUA and IERCA have partnered with Advanced Microgrid Solutions to expand its existing solar and battery storage system. The system uses Tesla […]