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Menifee opts out of community choice aggregation

Menifee City Council voted Wednesday, Aug. 15, to reject an invitation to join a community choice aggregation that would put the management of electricity contracts for citizens in the hands of local city governments. The majority of the meeting, which ran late into the evening Wednesday, was spent discussing the possibility of Menifee entering a […]

Murrieta turns down offer to join CCA

Murrieta City Council at its Aug. 7 meeting opted not to join a new power-buying authority known as a community choice aggregation, or CCA, created by the Western Riverside Council of Governments. Joining the CCA could have saved Murrieta residents 2 percent on their electrical bills, but city leaders felt there were too many unanswered […]

Another solar farm is coming to the California desert. The buyers: cities near the coast.

The year-round sunshine that scorches the open desert east of Palm Springs will help three Southern California cities meet their renewable energy needs starting in 2020 — and some of the electricity will be stored in giant batteries for use after dark. A developer is preparing to build two solar farms, Desert Harvest and Palen, on several thousand […]

Calimesa Council votes against new energy buyer

Following discussion, the Calimesa City Council decided Aug. 6 to keep Southern California Edison as the city’s sole provider of electricity instead of joining a Community Choice Aggregation. According to a feasibility study conducted by Western Riverside Council of Governments (WRCOG), joining the Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) would result in a savings of 3 percent […]

Clean energy programs have helped the Inland Empire’s economy, study says

California’s clean energy programs, including cap-and-trade, have helped the Inland Empire’s economy more than they’ve hurt — that’s the conclusion of a new study from UC Berkeley and the public policy organization Next 10. The state’s cap-and-trade program aims to reduce carbon emissions over time by giving polluters, primarily oil refineries and power utilities, an incentive to reduce their […]

Your power company is still Southern California Edison — for now

Three Coachella Valley cities indefinitely delayed the launch of a new power company, meaning residents of Palm Springs, Cathedral City and Palm Desert are still getting their electricity from Southern California Edison — at least for now. Local officials unexpectedly postponed the launch of Desert Community Energy just before its planned August 1 start date, citing a […]

Riverside to Consider Joining Western Community Energy

Several cities in western Riverside County are considering joining a joint powers authority called Western Community Energy, which will allow them to purchase power from Southern California Edison at slightly lower rates than they would otherwise. Western Community Energy is a community choice aggregation, or CCA. Many local governments throughout California are creating or joining […]

Imperial Irrigation District sues Riverside County over net metering ordinance

In the entire United States, it is unlikely that any county has as many MW of solar installed as Riverside County. The land is flat, open and, most importantly, sunny. These factors have made Riverside a hotspot for utility-grade solar projects, going back to the building of the Solar Energy Generating Systems (SEGS) in the […]

200 MW of solar power energized by 8minutenergy in California

8minutenergy has energized phase 1 and 2, ~200 MW-DC,  of the 328 MW-DC Mount Signal Solar Farm in Calexico, California. The 252 MW-AC facility is scheduled to complete its commissioning by the end of 2018. Mortenson Construction is serving as the engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) contractor for the Mount Signal 3 project, which features […]

Popular rooftop solar program could return to Coachella Valley after getting axed by IID

Riverside County took a big step Tuesday toward ordering the Imperial Irrigation District to bring back a popular rooftop solar program known as net metering, although the county’s legal strategy is likely to be challenged in court. In a 4-0 vote, county supervisors approved an ordinance from Supervisor V. Manuel Perez that would require IID to […]