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Why Residential PACE Is Growing in Spite of Opposition From Federal Housing Lenders

July 29, 2014 by Stephen Lacey

Last fall, California's governor and treasury secretary came up with a plan to solve a longstanding conflict with federal housing authorities over residential property-assessed clean energy (PACE) programs. The plan didn't work. But does it even matter?[read more]

California Ready to Fund the Next Wave of Microgrids Paired With Renewables and Storage

July 19, 2014 by Jeff St. John

California Grid Funding

Microgrids -- autonomous yet connected islands of energy generation and control -- could be important building blocks of a truly resilient, solar and wind-integrated power grid. Someday. But the vast majority of the microgrids in the U.S. use traditional combined heat and power and fossil-fuel-fired generation.[read more]

Cap-and-Trade's Moment of Truth

July 16, 2014 by James Bushnell
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Cap, Trade, Truth

With the looming expansion of its cap-and-trade program to transportation fuels like gasoline, California is fast approaching a significant moment of truth for its climate policy. This has some people nervous, and there are growing rumblings of proposals to delay the expansion of the cap to transportation fuels.[read more]

Drought and Energy: An Interesting Water/Energy Nexus

July 16, 2014 by Christine Hertzog

If we look at water as a supply chain, it is easy to spot the similarities to the traditional electricity supply chain, which consists of generation, transmission, distribution, and consumption. The water supply chain is comprised of water sources, transport, treatment, and consumption.[read more]

What Big Oil Isn't Telling You About California's Clean Energy Law

July 13, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

Big Oil and Clean Energy Law

Last week, Big Oil cranked up, once again, its campaign to block the next critical step in California’s widely supported and successful clean energy law (AB 32) by backing last-minute radical changes to a bill by Assemblymember Henry Perea (D-Fresno) to exempt the oil industry from carbon pollution limits.[read more]

What's the Worst That Could Happen?

July 8, 2014 by Severin Borenstein

Carbon Price and Futures

California’s year-and-a-half old cap-and-trade market for reducing greenhouse gases (GHGs) has drawn renewed interest over the last few weeks, since the EPA announced its initiative for limiting greenhouse gases from existing power plants.[read more]

3 Ways to Make Our Electric System Stronger Using Energy Efficiency

July 4, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard
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Efficiency and Electrical Systems Strength

California has long proven that saving energy is good for our wallets, good for the air we breathe, and good for meeting our environmental goals. But California is in the forefront of proving something new: that saving energy actually can make our electric system stronger.[read more]

California Approves $415M for Behind-the-Meter Storage, Fuel Cells, Wind and Turbines

June 21, 2014 by Eric Wesoff
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California's Self-Generation Incentive Program is about to be re-authorized by Governor Jerry Brown and will continue to provide $83 million per year (through 2019) for behind-the-meter generation technologies including wind, fuel cells and energy storage.[read more]

California's Blueprint for Meeting (and Exceeding) the EPA's Clean Power Plan

June 14, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard
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California and EPA Rules

Even before the Environmental Protection Agency proposed the nation’s first federal limits on carbon pollution from power plants last week, naysayers were claiming California’s longstanding policies to cut emissions and improve energy efficiency don’t work and have sent electric bills soaring.[read more]

California Moves Closer Toward Clean Air for All

May 29, 2014 by Max Baumhefner
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California and Clean Air

Imagine a California with substantially cleaner air and lower rates of asthma and cancer, especially in disadvantaged communities hardest hit by dangerous air pollution. Then imagine you’d be paying less in fuel costs – the equivalent of about $1 a gallon of gas – to help make it happen.[read more]

California Senators to Vote on a Fracking Moratorium This Week

May 28, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

California and Fracking Legislation

This week, the California Senate is expected to vote on whether to impose a moratorium on fracking and acidizing until the state studies the risks and determines whether these heavy industrial extraction processes can—or even should—be allowed to continue.[read more]

Chumps or Champs? California Leads on Climate

May 28, 2014 by Meredith Fowlie
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California and Climate Change

Governor Jerry Brown, speaking at a Giannini Foundation event last week, summarized California's dilemma with respect to climate change: “We're one percent of the problem. We have to get everyone on a similar path forward, and that is enormously difficult because it requires different jurisdictions."[read more]

California's Latest Climate Forecast: Hotter and Drier Days are Here to Stay

May 10, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

California and Changing Climate

There’s been no hiding from the fact that the ongoing lack of rain and meager snowpack has led to widespread drought in California. The last snow survey this year (taken just last week) showed that statewide snowpack was just 18 percent of normal.[read more]

Charge Ahead Initiative Passes Another Key Vote

May 2, 2014 by Max Baumhefner

California Energy Legislation

The Charge Ahead California Initiative aims to deploy, at a minimum, one million electric cars, trucks, and buses in the state within the next ten years, and to ensure that all Californians benefit from the increasing electrification of the transportation sector.[read more]

Diesel Truck Pollution: The Truth is Lost in the Fumes

April 28, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

Diesel Truck Emissions

A couple things about diesel truck pollution: there’s still a lot of it in California, truck drivers are suffering from it, and most truck owners oppose rolling back the statewide truck clean-up rule. These facts have been obscured by all the fumes emanating from a tiny but vocal minority of trucktivists.[read more]