California announces solar programs for disadvantaged communities

“The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) has adopted three new programs to promote the installation of solar energy to serve customers in disadvantaged communities. First, the Disadvantaged Communities – Single-family Solar Homes (DAC-SASH) program, modeled after the existing Single-family Affordable Solar Homes (SASH) program, will provide upfront financial incentives toward the installation of solar for…

Convening of the Disadvantaged Communities Advisory Group – Apr 4

April 4, 2018 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. CALIFORNIA ENERGY COMMISSION 1516 Ninth Street 1st Floor, Art Rosenfeld Hearing Room, Sacramento, California 95814 Wheelchair Accessible To join the meeting: VIA COMPUTER: Go to https://energy.webex.com/ec. If this Event is shown on the list of events, click on its “Join” link. If it is not listed, click…

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California Shows How to Fight Climate Change and Help Underserved Communities

“Something amazing is happening in California. The Golden State has taken bold steps to act on climate change, including regulations to cut carbon consumption and charging polluters for the carbon that they emit. The money from polluters is placed into a fund called the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund (GGRF), where it goes to work promoting the clean energy economy in…

Energy commission approves disadvantaged communities advisory group members

“The California Energy Commission today approved 10 members of a new advisory group that will help ensure benefits of the 21st century grid reach low-income households and hard-to-reach customers such as those in tribal and rural communities. The Disadvantaged Communities Advisory Group will advise the Energy Commission and the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) on ways to help disadvantaged…

California will spend $1 billion on low-income, multifamily solar

“alifornia is ready to spend $1 billion over the next decade on rooftop solar installation for low-income residents. In December, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) approved the creation of the Solar on Multifamily Affordable Housing (SOMAH) program. Funded by the statewide greenhouse gas cap-and-trade program, it will provide $100 million in annual solar installation…

California takes 5 steps toward energy equity

“Low-income renters and affordable housing owners face disproportionately high energy burdens—the percentage of income going to utility bills—and improving access to clean energy means lower bills, more housing security, and a cleaner, healthier environment for more Californians. As a part of Energy Efficiency for All (EEFA), a collaborative effort between affordable housing, energy efficiency, clean…

Environmental justice must be part of climate plan

“Last week, the California Air Resources Board approved a roadmap to achieving the 2030 greenhouse gas reduction targets, but unfortunately it does not say how it will avoid disproportionate impacts in low-income and minority communities. We’ve already seen preliminary data showing that under cap and trade, even though California is on track to reach 2020…

Report: Making a Difference: Strategies for Successful Low-Income Energy Efficiency Programs

While low-income efficiency programs are fairly widespread, they are serving only a small fraction of the eligible customer base. Low-income customers make up a large portion of the population in nearly every state, with individuals earning less than 200% of FPL ranging from 20% to 45% of total state populations (Census Bureau 2016). Spending on…

Senate Bill 350 Disadvantaged Communities Advisory Group Call for Applicants

The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) and the California Energy Commission are seeking applications from interested persons to serve on the Senate Bill 350 Disadvantaged Communities Advisory Group (Advisory Group). Pursuant to Senate Bill 350 (De León, Chapter 547, Statutes of 2015) (SB350), the Clean Energy and Pollution Reduction Act of 2015, requires that the…

Save the date: July 6 CPUC EJ & DAC En Banc

The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) will hold an Environmental Justice and Disadvantaged Communities En Banc hearing on July 6, 2017. When: July 6, 2017, 1 p.m.-5 p.m. Where: CPUC Auditorium, 505 Van Ness Ave., San Francisco; also available via webcast at www.adminmonitor.com/ca/cpuc In order to advance the CPUC’s energy policies and programs, the CPUC…
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