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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 […]

Lighthouse BP Inks Western Solar PPAs

Solar owner and operator Lightsource BP has signed power purchase agreements (PPAs) totaling 25 MW in the Western U.S. The PPAs were signed with California’s Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD), one of the nation’s largest municipal utilities, and with Continental Divide Electric Cooperative (CDEC), a member-owned distribution cooperative in New Mexico. The deals will bring […]

Electrify America unveils e-car sharing initiative under Sac-to-Zero

Electrify America has partnered with Envoy Technologies to deploy hundreds of electric car-sharing vehicles in Sacramento. The partnership is part of a $44 million investment made by Electrify America in Sacramento. The Sac-to-Zero initiative will enable residents to rent electric cars on a per-minute, per-hour or daily basis with the aim to increase user awareness and […]

Power Politics: The growing number of publicly owned CCAs offer cheaper and cleaner electricity than for-profit utilities — so are they viable in the long-term?

David Baker has noticed a change in his energy bill. The president of RobbJack, a Lincoln-based manufacturer of carbide cutting tools, used to get his electricity from Pacific Gas & Electric, until this past February when Pioneer Community Energy launched in Placer County. Baker says representatives from Pioneer worked closely with him on a plan […]

Sacramento leads by example on cleaner energy with help from electrification

Good news for California’s clean energy fans. Last week the Board of Directors of the Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) approved an aggressive new plan that will help push California’s capitol city and its surrounding area closer to meeting, and beating, the state’s deep carbon reduction goals. Once implemented, SMUD will help create a cleaner energy and transportation […]

CPUC Decision Could Cost Energy Customers

(From Press Release) – The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) voted to approve controversial revisions to the Power Charge Indifference Adjustment (PCIA) at the October 11 Commission Voting Meeting.  The PCIA is an “exit fee” charged by the state’s investor-owned utilities (IOUs) to Community Choice Aggregators (CCAs) and other departing load customers to compensate for […]

Climate Change Threats and Solutions for the Sacramento Valley

Over the next few decades, climate change is expected to make the Sacramento region hotter, drier and increasingly prone to extremes like megadroughts, flooding and large wildfires. This is expected to strain the region’s infrastructure for water and energy transmission, agricultural systems, plants and wildlife, public health, housing, and quality of life for the growing […]

Choice and Public Accountability with VCE

The recent discussion on the Valley Clean Energy switch has caught a number of people off guard.  But after all, this discussion of Community Choice Energy (and before that Community Choice Aggregation) has been going on for over four years now. One of the first articles discussing Community Choice Aggregation (as it was then known) […]

Why Were Some, Including Dunning, Apparently Sleeping on Community Choice Energy?

We have been discussing the move to Community Choice Energy, now known as Valley Clean Energy, since 2014.  It has been largely non-controversial.  Despite numerous public forums and public meetings, there has been little in the way of pushback.  Vanguard articles on the subject have generally generated limited comments. So I was pretty surprised to […]