Free Webinar – Achieving Zero Net Energy for Multifamily Housing

The Center for Sustainable Energy (CSE) invites city officials, multifamily building owners, facility managers and contractors to attend a free webinar that will showcase start-to-finish resources for reaching zero net energy (ZNE) in the multifamily building sector. Panelists will discuss the regulatory landscape and evolving ZNE solutions, how to create a realistic ZNE capital improvement…

How States Will Hit 100 Percent Clean Energy

S.B. 100, if passed, would apply to three large investor-owned utilities, municipally owned providers, and community choice aggregation (CCA) programs, groups that receive electricity procured by local governments and delivered by the incumbent utilities. Some want the measure to open California’s grid to other users, so Western states could take California’s excess solar energy and…

UC Berkeley Labor Center finds diversity in renewable energy workforce

UC Berkeley Labor Center’s Green Economy Program found that more than half of entry-level laborers at California renewable energy power plants were people of color. Their report evaluated state-certified apprenticeship programs and focused on the racial, ethnic and gender breakdown for ironworker, electrician and operating engineer unions. Click here to read more from the Daily Californian…

California’s Multi-Front Fight On Climate

Other policies promoting energy and fuel efficiency are also major tools driving both innovation and pollution reductions. Our decades-long commitment to energy efficiency, which began with Jerry Brown’s first stint as Governor, has not only kept our state’s electricity consumption flat despite a steadily rising population, it has kept Californians’ energy-spending among the lowest in…

Innovators Evening Lecture Series: Solar + Storage for Resiliency

San Francisco’s Solar and Energy Storage for Resiliency project examines the use of solar plus storage systems at facilities throughout the City that would serve critical loads in times of emergency (shelters, libraries, rec centers, etc.). The overarching goal is to expand the solar market by serving as a national model for integrating solar and…

RFP – Renewable Resource Assessment

Contra Costa County is seeking a consultant to assess the potential for renewable resource – solar, wind, biomass, biogas – throughout the County. The consultant also will recommend changes to zoning ordinances to facilitate siting of these resources in Contra Costa County. Bids close September 15th. You can find the Request for Proposals here.

Renewable Energy Aggregated Procurement

Created in 2014, School Project for Utility Rate’s (SPURR) Renewable Energy Aggregated Procurement (REAP) Program is an innovative aggregated solar buying program that leverages the collective purchasing power of SPURR’s very large membership to secure pre-negotiated “piggybackable” solar project pricing and terms for California public agencies. The goals of the REAP Program are as follows:…

Western EIM produces significant Q2 2017 benefits

The California ISO reported that the western Energy Imbalance Market (EIM) produced benefits of $39.52 million in the second quarter of 2017. The EIM automatically optimizes the real-time grid to find low-cost energy across the western region. Clear here to read the full press release from the California ISO and to learn more about the…

Joint Agency Workshop on Senate Bill 350 Low-Income Barriers Study Implementation

The California Energy Commission and the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) will jointly conduct a workshop to discuss implementation of the Low-Income Barriers ‘Study, Part A: Overcoming Barriers to Energy Efficiency and Renewables for Low-income Customers and Small Business Contracting Opportunities in Disadvantaged. Communities. (“Barriers Study”). The Barriers Study was mandated by Senate Bill 350…

Warren Buffett is building up a ‘recession resistant’ energy powerhouse

From California to the Midwest, billionaire investor Warren Buffett is steadily building an energy powerhouse. Buffett views utilities and their earnings as “recession resistant,” providing “an essential service for which demand is remarkably steady.” Some critics of Berkshire Hathaway argue that Buffett’s company is inconsistent in its approach to clean energy and climate change as it…

Joint Agency Workshop on Senate Bill 350 Low-Income Barriers Study Implementation

The California Energy Commission and the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) will jointly conduct a workshop to discuss implementation of the Low-Income Barriers ‘Study, Part A: Overcoming Barriers to Energy Efficiency and Renewables for Low-income Customers and Small Business Contracting Opportunities in Disadvantaged. Communities. (“Barriers Study”). The Barriers Study was mandated by Senate Bill 350…
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