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Local Impact as PG&E Files for Chapter 11

As expected, PG&E filed for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy protections.  PG&E in a press release Tuesday announced that it remains committed to continue to deliver “safe and reliable electric and natural gas service to (its) customers.” In addition, they pledge to continue to invest in their system’s safety and maintenance, and to work with “customers, civic […]

SMUD Is Showing How California Can Lead the Way

California Gov. Jerry Brown recently signed some of the most ambitious clean energy and carbon reduction goals in the world. The state’s utilities must have 60% of their power mix come from renewable resources by 2030, and by 2045, all retail electricity sold must be met by carbon-free resources. As California pursues some milestone goals, […]

Fresh Energy to Start an Exciting New Year

A new year offers a clean slate — a chance to celebrate achievements, assess the challenges of the past and start the new year with fresh energy. Our biggest achievement in 2018 was the launch of Valley Clean Energy (VCE), our local public electricity program. With years of planning and lots of community support, we […]

Valley Clean Energy watching PG&E bankruptcy developments

SACRAMENTO — The announcement by the nation’s largest utility that it is filing for bankruptcy puts Pacific Gas & Electric Co.’s problems squarely in the hands of Gov. Gavin Newsom and state lawmakers, who now must try to keep ratepayer costs down, ensure wildfire victims get the money they’re owed and rethink California’s energy picture in […]

River City Bank partners with SMUD to help grow the local economy

As one of three local banks involved in the Responsible Investments for a Stronger Economy program, also known as RISE, River City Bank received a $5 million deposit from SMUD which will be used to provide loans to local businesses. RISE was developed by Region Finance, a local non-profit that advocates for local economic development and job creation. As Sacramento’s […]

$2.9M grant approved for county ‘energy’ agency

The Sacramento Area Council of Governments board of directors has approved a $2.9 million grant to Valley Clean Energy that will lay the foundation for increased electric vehicle charging opportunities and multi-modal transportation hubs in Yolo County. The cities of Davis, Woodland and Yolo County joined forces with VCE to submit a joint application for […]

PG&E Exit Fees? OK, But Let’s Be Fair

In a disappointing decision, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) recently voted to approve increases to the “exit fees” charged to Valley Clean Energy (VCE) customers by PG&E.  Valley Clean Energy is our official locally governed electricity provider, bringing cleaner energy at competitive rates to Davis, Woodland, and unincorporated Yolo County. It began serving 55,000 […]

The murky future of Valley Clean Energy

A curious thing happened in late September as Winters city officials were putting the finishing touches on a mid-October city council agenda: An unsolicited offer came from a community energy group that was looking to add more customers. The group, called Valley Clean Energy, had been distributing greener, cheaper electricity to several Yolo County communities […]

DNV Rolls Out Bifacial Solar Testbed In California

DNV has begun installing what it calls the largest bifacial solar panel test facility in the world, at Davis, California, with the goal of benchmarking brand variations in the market to facilitate widespread adoption. The $250,000 project recently won a $200,000 grant from the US Department of Energy. The test site will house 1,500-volt bifacial panel arrays […]

All-Electric Homes Are Becoming the Default for New Residential Construction in Sacramento

A combination of attractive incentives and utility engagement with developers is making all-electric homes the default for new residential construction in greater Sacramento. This summer, national homebuilder DR Horton broke ground on two new all-electric projects in the Sacramento neighborhood of North Natomas. DR Horton plans to build 104 homes complete with heat pump space heating and […]