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San José Clean Energy and Terra-Gen Ink Two Long-term Agreements for New Renewable Energy Resources

More than 162 MW of solar plus battery storage will be added to the California grid, helping San José meet its climate goals and increasing renewable energy consumption during more hours of the day  SAN JOSE, Calif. April 30, 2020 – San José Clean Energy (SJCE) and developer Terra-Gen have signed two long-term power purchase agreements (PPAs) […]

First Solar signs PV-plus-storage PPAs with community choice aggregators

Thin-film solar leader First Solar just signed two 15-year power purchase agreements with community choice aggregators, Monterey Bay Community Power and Silicon Valley Clean Energy. Monterey Bay Community Power is a community choice aggregator (CCA) sourcing clean electricity for Monterey, San Benito and Santa Cruz counties in addition to San Luis Obispo and Morro Bay. Silicon Valley Clean Energy serves the majority of […]

Vistra’s Oakland Battery Will Have Two Customers, Suggesting New Path for Storage Market

Utility PG&E finalized its contract with a battery project slated to displace a jet-fuel-burning power plant in downtown Oakland, California. The Oakland Clean Energy Initiative models a pathway for removing decades-old power plants in dense urban settings while keeping the lights on with new lithium-ion batteries. But the project’s collaborative business model also makes it potentially groundbreaking […]

VISTRA ANNOUNCES EXPANSION OF PREVIOUSLY ANNOUNCED OAKLAND BATTERY ENERGY STORAGE FACILITY

OAKLAND, CA — April 15, 2020 — Vistra (NYSE: VST) today announced that it is increasing the size of its battery energy storage project located at the site of its Oakland Power Plant. The battery will now have a capacity of 36.25 megawatts/145 megawatt-hours instead of the previously announced capacity of 20 MW/80 MWh. Vistra […]

Peninsula Clean Energy Receives BBB+ Credit Rating

REDWOOD CITY, CA – April 10, 2020 – Peninsula Clean Energy has received a BBB+ rating from Fitch Ratings, a strong indication of financial stability as the organization accelerates renewable power procurement and generation. Fitch, a leading global credit rating agency, noted that the higher rating reflects Peninsula Clean Energy’s “strong financial profile, which includes strong operating […]

Sonoma Clean Power officials will explore public ownership of PG&E utility lines

Sonoma Clean Power, a public agency that supplies renewable energy to Sonoma and Mendocino counties, will begin exploring the impact of a public takeover of PG&E’s electrical grid as the bankrupt utility faces growing questions about the safety and solvency of its operations. In a unanimous vote, Sonoma Clean Power’s board of directors instructed staff […]

Two more California cities join MCE community choice aggregation program

On November 21, 2019, MCE’s Board of Directors approved membership for the Cities of Vallejo and Pleasant Hill, setting the stage for MCE to offer a choice of electricity providers and clean electricity service to these communities. Vallejo and Pleasant Hill join MCE’s existing 34 member communities in Solano, Marin, Napa, and Contra Costa Counties […]

Bay Area Community Energy Agencies Kick Off New Program to Provide Local Resiliency

Oakland, Redwood City, Santa Clara, and Sunnyvale, Calif. – Three Bay Area Community Choice Energy agencies and one municipal utility are joining forces to ramp up efforts to help stabilize California’s electricity grid and provide reliable power. East Bay Community Energy, Peninsula Clean Energy, Silicon Valley Clean Energy, and Silicon Valley Power will announce a […]

$10 Million for Emergency Backup Power During PG&E Outages Committed by Peninsula Clean Energy

REDWOOD CITY, CA – October 28, 2019 – The Peninsula Clean Energy Board of Directors voted to commit up to $10 million over three years to fund clean backup power for San Mateo County’s medically vulnerable residents and essential community services during PG&E power shutoffs. “This investment will help provide the most vulnerable Peninsula Clean Energy […]

Muni tries to tackle environmental justice with new SF green bus zones

As a Muni 47-Van Ness bus pulled into its stop at 11th and Harrison streets on a recent weekday morning, something almost imperceptible happened. As the rumbling engine wheezed to a stop, a hush fell over the bus’ interior, and its quivering floor suddenly stopped vibrating. The vehicle was almost silent. The bus had switched […]