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Batteries Could Replace Three California Power Plants

Three California power plants burning fossil fuels might be replaced with batteries, under a proposal state utility regulators will discuss in January. If approved by the California Public Utilities Commission, the proposal would direct Pacific Gas and Electric Co. to search for energy storage projects that could replace the output of the three plants, two […]

Vista Solar Installing 2.5 MW for Shelter Creek Condominiums

Vista Solar, a SunPower commercial dealer, has been chosen by Shelter Creek Condominiums, a 1,296-unit multi-family development, to design and install a 2.5 MW SunPower solar project in San Bruno, Calif. According to Vista Solar, there will be eight phases of construction of the rooftop solar system, and once complete, the project will offset over […]

Ride the Winds of the Fires for Change to Sustainable Communities

Opinion: Quickly rebuilding 8,900 buildings destroyed by the fires as “Zero Net Energy” buildings — it’s impossible, right? Wrong; it’s cost-effective and not that hard, but requires community determination and leadership. We are at the fork in the road after fires destroyed over 8,900 buildings last month and killed over 40 neighbors in our community […]

Post-Fire Rebuilding Offers a Chance for Microgrids

It is not yet known whether trees blown into electric power lines by ferocious winds helped cause the catastrophic fires in Sonoma, Napa and Mendocino counties. But electric lines are notoriously vulnerable to a variety of hazards, and vulnerabilities to the electric generation and transmission system are well known. It’s time to think about replacing […]

California May Reach 50% Renewable Power Goal by 2020 — 10 Years Early

Two years ago, Gov. Jerry Brown signed an ambitious law ordering California utility companies to get 50 percent of their electricity from renewable sources by 2030. It looks like they may hit that goal a decade ahead of schedule. An annual report issued Monday by California regulators found that the state’s three big, investor-owned utilities […]

Rebuilding with 2050 in mind, not 1950

An energy perspective on rebuilding after the most destructive wildfire episode in California history Powerful forces are placing enormous pressure on a fast rebuild of the fire-demolished areas in Santa Rosa and Sonoma County. As featured in a recent Sunday edition of the local paper of record, the Press Democrat, the debate about how to […]

Communities Rise up to Draw down on Carbon

In early October, county residents overflowed the Marin Showcase Theatre in Northern California for Drawdown: Marin. Their purpose: to launch a campaign to put Marin County at the forefront of California’s efforts to reverse global warming by creating a carbon-free community. County Supervisor Damon Connolly greeted those gathered with the core question, “What part will […]

Microgrid Kept Power on Even as the California Wildfires Caused Outages

When the islanded microgrid at Stone Edge Farm near Sonoma, Calif., kept operating for 10 days in spite of the fires that caused outages nearby, the operators seized the opportunity to learn as much as possible from the surprises they encountered. The first surprise, of course, were the fires that struck suddenly, stoked by high […]

Peninsula Clean Energy Electric Customers Reduce Cabon Emissions in First Year of New Service, Agency Reports

From PCE: What does a year bring to San Mateo County? On the one year anniversary of Peninsula Clean Energy offering electric power, San Mateo County residents and businesses have substantially reduced their carbon emissions while saving millions of dollars. Peninsula Clean Energy’s power is priced at 5% below PG&E’s rates for electric generation service, […]

Sonoma Clean Power Extends EV Incentive Program Due to Fires

Press Release  Savings on Electric Cars + Free Home Chargers Extended through November 30th (Santa Rosa, CA) Because of the recent fires that have affected Sonoma and Mendocino counties, Sonoma Clean Power has extended the date for their Drive EverGreen program, to provide customers more time to take advantage of the purchase credits, incentives and […]