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Inland leaders defend natural gas in homes, businesses

There’s no need to take away Californians’ gas-powered stoves and heaters and raise their energy costs to fight climate change, Inland elected officials, business leaders and representatives of the natural gas industry said Monday, Aug. 5. The Inland Empire Economic Partnership joined Californians for Balanced Energy Solutions at a Riverside news conference to urge state officials not to eliminate […]

Rancho Mirage residents benefit from city’s community choice power program

Last year, the city of Rancho Mirage launched Rancho Mirage Energy Authority (RMEA): a Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) program that offers residents and local businesses an alternative to Southern California Edison (SCE), the investor-owned utility. RMEA allows the city to procure and generate electricity for the community at lower rates than SCE. RMEA’s default choice, […]

GE Will Shutter California Natural Gas Plant 20 Years Early

Pity poor General Electric. Once the dominant global leader in turbines for making electricity from coal or natural gas, its business has hit the skids in recent years as demand for its products has collapsed. We can thank the steep decline in the price of renewable energy for that. Now GE has notified the California […]

No, we shouldn’t pump desert groundwater near Joshua Tree to help store electricity

For years developers have tried to figure out how to repurpose Kaiser Steel’s former open-pit iron mine at Eagle Mountain in Riverside County. One idea: Use it as a massive landfill, a proposal that fortunately never came to fruition. The current owners of the site now want to convert it into an immense, $2.5-billion hydroelectric battery, using daytime power to […]

An abandoned mine near Joshua Tree could host a massive hydropower project

An abandoned iron mine on the doorstep of Joshua Tree National Park could be repurposed as a massive hydroelectric power plant under a bill with bipartisan support in the state Legislature. Senate Bill 772, which was approved by a panel of lawmakers last week with no dissenting votes, would require California to build energy projects […]

Southern California Edison Picks 195MW Battery Portfolio in Place of Puente Gas Plant

What started as a routine gas plant procurement ended as a testament to the changing electrical grid. This week, utility Southern California Edison selected a roster of energy storage projects to supply local capacity needs around the coastal city of Oxnard, instead of the 262-megawatt natural-gas peaker plant it had chosen previously. If regulators give their approval, […]

LA traffic top cause of smog for valley, but area power plants, hospitals and tram also contributors

Conrad Lopez notices it late at night: a bloom of smoke blowing from the power plant within eyeshot of his home and 40-acre date farm, blotting the sky over Mecca. Drivers on Route 86 often see billowing black clouds streaming out of the plant too. The Desert View Power facility bills itself online as a […]

San Jacinto Power Celebrates Its One-Year Anniversary

San Jacinto Power (SJP), the City of San Jacinto’s Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) program, celebrated its one-year anniversary on April 1, 2019. The City launched SJP a year earlier in partnership with California Choice Energy Authority (CalChoice), providing residents and local businesses, for the first time in history, an alternative energy provider to Southern California […]

LA leads nation in solar power, Riverside is up and coming, report says

Los Angeles produces more solar power than any city in America, with San Diego a distant second, according to a new study that looked at sun-generated electricity in 57 U.S. cities from 2013-2018. The City of Angels’ No. 1 ranking is part of an overall six-year growth trend in which solar energy doubled in 45 […]

City of Fontana receives recognition from SCE for energy efficiency efforts

Representatives from Southern California Edison (SCE) and the San Bernardino Council of Governments (SBCOG) presented the City of Fontana with an award for being a local leader in energy efficient efforts through the San Bernardino Regional Energy Partnership. City staff earned the Gold tier recognition by participating in SCE’s direct install program, an HVAC optimization […]