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Grass Valley City Council OK’s Energy Action Plan

Cleaner energy and new trails were among the topics under discussion at the Grass Valley City Council Tuesday night. Council members approved signing a participation agreement with the Sierra Business Council to prepare an Energy Action Plan, which is intended to increase energy efficiency and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The program, conducted in partnership with […]

Pioneer Board votes unanimously: Rates are now 9% lower than PG&E

The Pioneer Community Energy (Pioneer) Board reviewed its rates in light of PG&E’s recent rate hikes, and voted unanimously to maintain Pioneer’s rates as they were set December 2017. Pioneer customers will now realize an average 9% discount on electric generation over PG&E rates, which went up March 1, 2018. Pioneer has been committed to […]

Electric future: Tesla plans supercharger station for Chico

Like many local couples, Marc Kessler and Julia Keener love to plan getaway trips to the coast. When they invested in their first electric vehicle, a Tesla Model X, two years ago, they scouted charging stations along their route from Chico to the Fort Bragg/Point Arena area, zeroing in on a small town of about 15,000 […]

Our View: Transparency key in rollout of energy program

Integrity. It’s a key component for any elected official in Placer County to have and retain. And Placer County residents have a right, if not a duty, to keep a wary eye on the integrity of all those who hold or seek public office. The integrity of every dollar that comes in and goes out […]

Pioneer ‘opt outs’ at 5 percent

Pioneer Community Energy is reporting an “opt out” rate of 5 percent as it moves into its first billing cycle this month. The number wasn’t a surprise to the joint powers authority. Residents are being given the option of going with Pioneer electric generation or opting out and staying with Pacific Gas & Electric Co. […]

Mariposa Biomass Project Makes Progress – $16 Million Facility Built With Grant Funding and Private Investment

The Mariposa Biomass Project (MBP) has achieved  several milestones toward its goal of building a 2 Megawatt biomass facility in the town of Mariposa. On September 6, 2016, the Mariposa Biomass Project, with the Mariposa County Resource Conservation District (MCRCD) submitted a Phase 1 application to the California Energy Commission for a $5 million EPIC […]

Squaw Valley | Alpine Meadows Commits To 100 Percent Renewable Energy

To help achieve Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows’ goal to be powered by 100 percent clean, renewable energy sources, Liberty Utilities, the electric service provider in the Lake Tahoe region of California, is actively collaborating with resort leadership to identify and develop new renewable energy generation, storage and energy efficiency projects to benefit the Olympic Valley […]

Guest column: 100 percent renewable energy resolutions (opinion)

In 2017, mountain communities across the Sierra committed to 100 percent renewable energy. On April 18 and Nov. 28, respectively, the South Lake Tahoe City Council and the Truckee Town Council unanimously passed resolutions to transition their communities to 100 percent renewable electricity and energy. The deadlines for renewable electricity are 2032 and 2030, respectively, […]

​Placer County Residents May Soon See Cheaper Electric Bills

Residents in multiple Placer County cities and towns began receiving letters over the weekend with the headline: “Your electricity service is about to get less expensive.” The letters are part of an effort led by Placer County to switch all PG&E customers in Rocklin, Auburn, Colfax, Lincoln and Loomis, as well as unincorporated areas of […]

Pioneer Community Energy Goes Live February 2018

Pioneer Community Energy is a Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) Program that was formed by the jurisdictions of Auburn, Colfax, Lincoln, Loomis, Rocklin and Placer County through a joint powers authority. The Lincoln City Council issued a resolution adopting Ordinance 947B on June 27, 2017 following a public hearing.  The ordinance authorized the City to join the Sierra Valley Energy Authority […]