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Pioneer Board votes unanimously: Rates are now 9% lower than PG&E

The Pioneer Community Energy (Pioneer) Board reviewed its rates in light of PG&E’s recent rate hikes, and voted unanimously to maintain Pioneer’s rates as they were set December 2017. Pioneer customers will now realize an average 9% discount on electric generation over PG&E rates, which went up March 1, 2018. Pioneer has been committed to […]

SMUD’s online store adds tools for energy-saving home projects

Sure, that smart thermostat you bought during the holidays was nice, but now you want to dig into some more substantial energy-saving projects for your home. You can do that online at the SMUD Energy Store, run by the Sacramento Municipal Utility District and Boulder, Colo-based Simple Energy. Since the site was launched last October, visitors […]

Ygrene, City of Sacramento Reach Major Milestone for National Energy Efficiency and Resiliency Program

SACRAMENTO, Calif., March 8, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — The City of Sacramento and Ygrene, a national leader in energy efficiency and resiliency financing, today celebrated five years since the launch of the nation’s first comprehensive, privately-funded energy financing program for both residential and commercial buildings. Known as PACE (Property Assessed Clean Energy), the program formerly called ‘Clean Energy Sacramento’ […]

Our View: Transparency key in rollout of energy program

Integrity. It’s a key component for any elected official in Placer County to have and retain. And Placer County residents have a right, if not a duty, to keep a wary eye on the integrity of all those who hold or seek public office. The integrity of every dollar that comes in and goes out […]

Federal solar tariffs not a disincentive for Davis

On Jan. 22, President Trump issued his long-awaited ruling on the penalties to be imposed on the world’s solar module manufacturers who sell their equipment into the U.S. market. Effective Feb. 7, there is a 30-percent solar import tariff for crystalline-silicon solar cells and modules. The decision has left many solar hopefuls wondering whether their […]

California state office buildings sign on to 20-year community solar program

The California Department of General Services (DGS) and SMUD announced an agreement for DGS to receive over 50% of its electricity needs in SMUD’s service territory via a 20-year Large Commercial SolarShare agreement. The SolarShares program is a community solar project—a series of solar generating facilities shared by multiple community members, allowing the customer to […]

Goodbye, diesel: California school buses drive toward electric age

The classic American school bus — yellow, loud and trailing diesel exhaust — may soon get an electric upgrade. Each weekday morning, buses running on nothing but battery packs shuttle students to schools in northern Sacramento and the neighboring suburbs. The vehicles — made by Lion Bus of Quebec, Trans Tech Bus of New York state and Motiv Power Systems of […]

SMUD removes ‘solar surcharge’ from customer bills

The Sacramento Municipal Utility District said Wednesday that it has removed the state-mandated “SB-1 solar surcharge” from all customer bills. The surcharge dates back to former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s “Million Solar Roofs Initiative,” a surcharge SMUD said is currently equal to $0.0016 per kilowatt-hour of electricity usage, or about $1.20 on an “average” SMUD customer […]

Solar farm opens at Sacramento International Airport

Sacramento International Airport will now use more than 30 per cent solar power with the opening of a new facility. The 7.9-megawatt solar farm consists of a 15-acre east site on Aviation Drive and a 20-acre site north of the runway. The facility is comprised of more than 23,000 LG solar panels mounted on NEXTracker racking that tracks […]

Transforming the UC’s Energy Portfolio

Solar development has contributed significantly to the UC system’s goal of carbon neutrality by 2025, and UC Davis has played a major role in this progress. However, more challenges still lie ahead to achieve a balance between environmental and economic sustainability. According to its website, the South Campus Large Solar Power Plant, which became active […]