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SF moves toward public power and a ‘local version of a green new deal’

San Francisco’s push to transition to a public power system after PG&E announced it will file for bankruptcy is not the only big energy plan in the making. Supporters of The City’s renewable energy program CleanPowerSF are calling for a “local version of a green new deal” that includes an aggressive build out of local […]

San Jose Clean Energy: What you need to know

Next month, San Jose will switch electricity suppliers — from PG&E to San Jose Clean Energy. The change is part of the city’s broader goal to become more environmentally friendly. Although President Trump announced in June he was pulling out of the 2015 Paris Agreement on climate change among almost 150 countries, San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo […]

Silicon Valley Clean Energy takes additional steps to reduce local carbon emissions

Silicon Valley Clean Energy, a not-for-profit organization that offers renewable and carbon-free energy, is starting their new phase of action to further fight climate change. Called the Decarbonization Roadmap, this plan aims to offer affordable, carbon-free power to residents, build energy-efficient buildings, electrify public transportation, successfully integrate new environmentally-friendly technologies into the electric grid, promote […]

Napa County supervisors want to adopt rules before approving another solar farm

Napa County supervisors want to create rules for large commercial solar farms in the wake of people’s fears that photovoltaic panels might someday blight wine country. Supervisor Belia Ramos brought up the topic of commercial renewable energy rules at the Jan. 8 Board of Supervisors meeting. Her colleagues quickly agreed they should craft policies for […]

This East Bay Energy Startup Is Building Microgrids for California’s Fire Stations

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 […]

San Francisco considering municipal utility as PG&E prepares bankruptcy filing

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 Runs Demand Response Pilot Program

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 schools to get electric car charging stations

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 […]

After the fires, solar power advocates seek greater role in California electric grid

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 […]

Smart Ideas From Other Cities: Utilities Powered by the People

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 […]