“Over the next decade, roughly 150,000 low-income renters in California will see their apartment buildings outfitted with solar panels — and their electricity bills drop. Regulations approved this week cleared the way for the state to spend $1 billion over 10 years — using proceeds from the state’s landmark climate-change program — on incentives for…
“The California Public Utilities Commission recently released its annual renewables portfolio standard report showing that large investor-owned utilities have already executed the renewable electricity contracts necessary to exceed their 33 percent RPS requirement for 2020 — and are on track to meet the 2030 RPS requirement of 50 percent renewables a full 10 years early….
“Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART), the public transportation system of the San Francisco Bay Area, is moving forward on plans to source the majority of its electricity supply from renewables. The BART Board of Directors approved two 20-year renewable-energy power purchase agreements this week. One of the agreements calls for NextEra Energy Resources to build…
“Solar development has contributed significantly to the UC system’s goal of carbon neutrality by 2025, and UC Davis has played a major role in this progress. However, more challenges still lie ahead to achieve a balance between environmental and economic sustainability. According to its website, the South Campus Large Solar Power Plant, which became active…
When it comes to California’s time-of-use rates and the effect they’ll have on solar power, a single hour can make a huge difference — especially if it doesn’t align with data that shows when the state really needs to make electricity more expensive for its customers. Click here to read more from Greentech Media
A report produced by the UC Berkeley Center for Labor Research and Education for Next 10 examines the economic benefits of the Cap and Trade program, renewable energy, and energy efficiency in the Inland Empire. , Some key findings from the report: The net impact from the Renewable Portfolio Standard exceeded $12.4 billion for the…
Energy efficiency improvements have contributed to long-term declines in residential energy usage for the nation. For California, the growth of small-scale roof top solar has also contributed to the decline in residential energy usage. Click here to read more from the EIA
Did you know that the California Energy Commission documents the most common questions to their Energy Code Hotline, and answers them in their Blueprint newsletter? The Blueprint newsletter for July/August is out, and provides guidance on a number of
Upcoming Aug. 2016 Fed. Government Webinars – Benchmarking in Portfolio Manager, Energy Efficiency Financing, Waste Management, Resilient Solar Retrofits, and More
A list of August 2016 webinars is shared below from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s State and Local Agency Newsletter. For details, scroll down. ENERGY STAR Webinars
Los Angeles solar-plus-storage microgrid pilot to slash carbon emissions, boost industrial efficiency (from Utility Dive)
The Port of Los Angeles will be the site of a solar+storage pilot program which aims to show how carbon-free energy solutions can help make marine terminal operations more efficient and have less environmental impact, PV Magazine reports.
As part of the New York Solar Smart DG Hub-Resilient Solar Project, which is supported by the Department of Energy, NREL and CUNY released a new report analyzing the economics of resilient solar+storage for critical New York facilities,
SolarCity and PG&E have announced a collaborative demonstration to see how the coordinated use of solar smart inverters and behind the meter energy storage could provide enhanced benefits to the grid.
Congratulations to Sonoma County and Tulare County’s Woodlake Unified School District for the approval of California Energy Commission (CEC) loans to install solar photovoltaics (PV) in their buildings. Per the CEC’s release:
The City of Grass Valley’s June 28th City Council meeting celebrated the completion of a number of municipal energy efficiency and solar projects through an energy performance contract with Opterra Energy, including new solar generation, LED
Hear from the Cities of Oakland and Richmond on their experience visiting Paris during the COP21 Climate Conference in December 2015, specific examples on their leadership on energy and climate in their communities, and advice for local governments looking to