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Guest View: Monterey Bay Community Power Is Right for Hollister

Like the vast majority of Californians, especially those on the Central Coast, I view the threat to our planet from climate change as an over-arching, existential issue. That’s why I strongly support the proposal currently before the Hollister City Council for Hollister to band together with all of the jurisdictions in San Benito, Monterey and […]

Edison and Tesla Unveil Giant Energy Storage System

Tesla Motors Inc. and Southern California Edison on Monday unveiled one of the world’s largest energy storage facilities, part of a massive deployment of grid-connected batteries that regulators hail as key to helping keep Southern California’s lights on and reducing fossil-fuel reliance. The facility at the utility’s Mira Loma substation in Ontario contains nearly 400 Tesla PowerPack units on […]

Impact of PG&E Exit Fee on Community Power Customers Debated

Salinas >> An average Monterey County customer of the proposed new Monterey Bay Community Power agency would pay a monthly $10.60 “exit fee” to PG&E that could last for decades, but there is disagreement over how that charge could impact customers’ power bills. According to Santa Cruz County supervisorial aide Gine Johnson, who has played […]

Coalition Upset County Supervisors Eliminated Community Choice Energy Option

Following is the letter submitted by a coalition of supporters of the Community Choice Energy program: The CCE Draft Technical Study and the Need for Fuller Consideration of All Studied Options Dear Members of the Contra Costa Board of Supervisors: We, the undersigned, represent organizations that have been following the progress made by the cities […]

Oakley: Committee to review bulk energy purchasing

OAKLEY — A newly formed committee is looking into ways it can purchase greener and potentially more local energy on behalf of residential energy users. The question is whether to join a Community Choice Energy group, which is an organization of local governments that pool the demands of their communities and purchase and develop power on their […]

San Joaquin Valley EV Partnership: Workplace Charging Workshop

DESCRIPTION Hosted by the San Joaquin Valley Electric Vehicle Partnership (SJVEVP), we will be holding a Workplace Charging Workshop on Friday, February 24th. The event will take place in Founders Hall at Bakersfield Memorial Hospital from 9:30am to 2:00pm. Presentations Introduction to Electric Vehicles and Charging Stations: San Joaquin Valley Clean Cities Coalition EV Charging […]

Geothermal Plant and Mining Operation Planned for Salton Sea Area in California

Australia-based firm Controlled Thermal Resources is partnering with Alger Alternative Energy on a plan to construct a utility scale geothermal energy project located within the Salton Sea Known Geothermal Resource Area in California’s Imperial Valley. The plan also includes development of a mining operation. They expect to bring the proposed 280MW power plant, which will […]

Edison Wants to Use $570 Million to Electrify Trucks, Ports, Buses and Ride-Sharing

ROSEMEAD >> In a move signaling its commitment to electric-powered transit, Southern California Edison filed a plan with state regulators Friday that would fund the installation of charging stations for plug-in electric buses, trucks, cargo equipment and ride-sharing fleets. SCE’s plans for growing mostly its commercial electric vehicle customer base would cost about $570 million […]

UC Berkeley Study: State Climate Programs Injected $13 Billion into Valley’s Economy

California climate and clean air initiatives have led to more than $13 billion in net economic benefits for the San Joaquin Valley, a study conducted by University of California at Berkeley researchers has found. The university’s Center for Law, Energy & the Environment and Donald Vial Center on Employment in the Green Economy authored the study, which […]

Get Ready for Virtual Power Plants

Amid the cacophony of gadget-related technology news that heralds every New Year in the form of the annual CES exhibition, you might have missed the relatively quiet proclamation in early January that smart grid tech pioneer Viridity Energy is being acquired for $35 million by renewable energy developer Ormat Technologies. That may seem a low valuation considering the $40 million […]