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Central Valley Solar Activity Cooling

Tulare County construction activity is slowing down and new solar permits are following suit.  Within the commercial numbers there has been a big drop seen in permits for solar panel in the county in 2017 versus 2016. In the residential sector permits for 643 solar units were issued in early 2016 versus just 247 so far this […]

Supervisors Support Comprehensive Renewable Energy Plan Program

The San Diego County Board of Supervisors held a hearing on Phase I of the county’s comprehensive renewable energy plan February 15 and selected seven items for the Phase II implementation stage. A 4-0 Board of Supervisors vote with Ron Roberts in Washington, DC, approved a program to establish a sustainability task force within the […]

Santa Cruz County Board of Sups Vote to Join Monterey Bay Community Power

The Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors has joined a growing list of Central Coast governments opting to provide clean, locally managed power to residents and businesses across Monterey Bay. Tuesday’s unanimous vote means Santa Cruz County will join Monterey Bay Community Power, a new Community Choice Energy entity allowing Monterey Bay governments, acting on […]

SCE Seeks New Distributed Energy Resources in the Goleta Area

ROSEMEAD, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Southern California Edison has launched a Request for Offers (RFO) to acquire new distributed energy resources to bolster grid resiliency in the Santa Barbara-Goleta area. The RFO is seeking a range of new distributed energy resources including: energy storage, demand response, permanent load shift, combined heat and power, fuel cells, solar PV paired with energy […]

GRID Alternatives Adds Sunrun as Another Option for Third-Party Ownership

The California Public Utilities Commission approved Grid Alternatives’ proposal to allow Sunrun to own and operate projects for the Single Family Affordable Solar Homes (SASH) Program. Last week, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) approved the addition of Sunrun to Grid Alternatives’ third-party operator (TPO) partners as part of the Single-family Affordable Solar Homes (SASH) incentive program. The decision marks the second time […]

California Public Utilities Commission Coming to Your Town

The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) will be taking its show on the road in 2017. Historically the CPUC has held a few regional meetings each year, but legislation enacted in 2015 now requires the CPUC to meet in Sacramento and in other communities outside of their headquarter city of San Francisco several times per […]

PG&E Narrows Scope of the CPUC Proceeding to Shut Down the Diablo Canyon Nuclear Plant by Unilaterally Withdrawing Its Procurement and Cost Allocation Requests

On February 27, 2017, Pacific Gas and Electric Company (“PG&E”) announced it is withdrawing several portions of its plan to close its 2.3 gigawatt Diablo Canyon Power Plant near San Luis Obispo by 2025. Specifically, PG&E has withdrawn its requests that the California Public Utilities Commission (“CPUC”) authorize PG&E to replace Diablo’s generation capacity with […]

Exclusive: California’s Top Regulator Says It’s Time to Consider Full Retail Electricity Choice

As if California’s electric grid isn’t already changing fast enough, the state’s leading regulator says it’s probably time to change even faster. In an interview on this week’s Interchange podcast, Michael Picker, president of the California Public Utilities Commission, said that he believes the state should consider liberalizing its retail electricity market in order to […]

‘Community Choice Energy’ is Just Two Months Away, Humboldt

RCEA is working to implement the community choice program with a team of consultants selected through an open, competitive solicitation. The consulting team brings needed expertise and experience from working with the successful CCEs already operating elsewhere in the state. RCEA staff have formed our own in-house CCE team and are building local program management […]

PG&E Causes Controversy with New Pricing Announcement

After soaring monthly bills from Pacific Gas and Electric Co. this winter prompted a public outcry, California utility regulators said Thursday that they will consider tweaking natural gas rates to ease the pain. The California Public Utilities Commission, which sets rates for the state’s three big utilities, said it will consider ways to prevent future […]