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City To Switch Residents To Locally Owned Electricity Provider By March 2019

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 […]

SFPUC to absorb $25 million in fees to keep CleanPowerSF bills from rising

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 […]

Generous electric vehicle rebate in San Mateo County offered

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. […]

Napa County approves what could be its first commercial solar farm

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 […]

Stanford University to become 100% solar powered

Much like the mighty redwood tree featured in the school’s logo, Stanford University, through a deal with developer Recurrent Energy, will now get all of its energy needs from the sun. The deal is a 25-year power purchase agreement between Canadian Solar subsidiary Recurrent and the university for the 88 MW Stanford Solar Generating Station #2. […]

Making EVs Possible For Low-Income Drivers

As electric vehicle ownership continues to grow in the United States, the purchase price is still a barrier for low-income buyers, despite tax incentives. A few innovative programs have emerged to ensure that these drivers aren’t left behind. It turns out that low-income communities have more to gain from electric vehicles than just transportation access. […]

PG&E fee hike to cost CleanPowerSF $20M in one year, ‘slow down’ renewable energy projects

A fee hike from PG&E will cost San Francisco’s renewable energy program an additional $20 million over the next year and “slow down” construction of local green energy projects. The impacts to CleanPowerSF, a community choice aggregation program allowed under state law, comes after the the California Public Utilities Commission voted last month to allow […]

SF’s city-run power program challenges state board’s decision to raise customer fees

The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission and other municipal power providers are challenging a controversial decision by state energy regulators to raise the fees customers pay when they switch from investor-owned utilities like Pacific Gas and Electric Co. to programs like CleanPowerSF. Last month, the California Public Utilities Commission voted unanimously to tinker with an arcane but […]

NextEra Energy Transmission to acquire TBC for nearly $1bn

NextEra Energy Transmission has agreed to purchase Trans Bay Cable (TBC) for approximately $1bn, including the assumption of debt. The company has entered definitive agreements with SteelRiver Infrastructure Fund North America and partners for the acquisition. TBC is a high-voltage direct current (HVDC) submarine cable system that runs 53 miles under the San Francisco Bay. […]

Sonoma Clean Power Seeks Pilot Homes for Energy-Efficiency Program

Sonoma Clean Power Offers No-Cost Energy Upgrades to Eligible Homes and Businesses – SCP Seeks Participants for Study on Energy-Saving Technology   (SANTA ROSA, CA) – Sonoma Clean Power, the public electricity provider for Sonoma and Mendocino counties, is launching a new study on energy-saving technology and is currently recruiting participants to receive no-cost upgrades and provide feedback. […]