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As California leaders scramble to address the fallout from devastating wildfires that have ripped across the state in recent years, the California Public Utilities Commission is reviewing rules that allow the state’s electric utilities to cut power to communities when there is a major risk of forest fire. The goal: pre-emptively shut off power to sections of […]
Dive Brief: The municipal utility that provides retail power and water services to the San Francisco government is considering the purchase of PG&E’s electricity assets in the city — part of a slate of options to deal with the impending bankruptcy filing of California’s largest utility company. The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission said on Twitter it is considering options […]
EBCE executed its first demand response pilot program this summer, paying out over $100,000 to customers that cut demand during peak periods. The program was modeled on existing peak pricing demand response programs, where customers respond to notifications of “peak day events,” or hours of expected high demand with high spot market power prices and […]
San Rafael City Schools is taking the lead among Marin public school districts to install electric car charging stations at three high schools, a middle school and five elementary schools. The project, approved by the San Rafael district’s board of trustees last month, will be offset by a series of grants and rebates from the […]
Over the summer, Côme Lague received a notice from Pacific Gas and Electric Co. that made him rethink the energy needs at a vineyard and winery he owns in the Sierra Nevada foothills. The letter informed Lague that PG&E could decide to intentionally turn off power lines when extreme weather conditions elevate the risk of […]
What would California’s increasingly devastating wildfires look like if PG&E were beholden to the people instead of to its shareholders? That’s the crux of a proposal by state regulators that could prove trouble for the utility headquartered in San Francisco — despite the California Legislature’s repeated bailouts amid lawsuits and criminal investigations. In December, the […]
San Jose will switch its residents to a city-owned electricity provider by March 2019 in a push toward 100 percent renewable energy over the next decade. Residents will begin receiving postcards announcing the switch to San Jose Clean Energy (SJCE) later this month with an option to opt out back to regular PG&E service. SJCE […]
The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission is moving ahead with a plan to absorb an estimated $25 million in added fees that would otherwise fall on the agency’s CleanPowerSF energy customers next year. On Tuesday, the commission unanimously approved a proposal to offset the fees with an automatic subsidy, protecting CleanPowerSF’s roughly 115,000 residential and […]
SAN MATEO, Calif. (KGO) — A rebate program worth up to $23,000 is sparking interest in electric vehicles. Hundreds of thousands of drivers in San Mateo County could qualify by buying or leasing an electric vehicle before the end of the year. Robert Saltzman of Redwood City got into his brand new all-electric Nissan Leaf. […]
A bid to build Napa County’s first solar commercial farm won approval from the Napa County Planning Commission, with critics saying they will appeal the outcome to the Board of Supervisors. Renewable Properties LLC wants to install 12,000 solar panels on 18 acres at 2180 American Canyon Road along Interstate 80. The 3-megawatt project would […]