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Desert Sunlight, Another 550MW Solar Farm From First Solar, Now Fully Operational

January 16, 2015 by Eric Wesoff
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Yet another half-gigawatt solar power project is coming on-line in California. Late last year, the 550-megawatt capacity Topaz Solar project achieved full commercial operation. And now Topaz has to share the crown with First Solar's 550-megawatt Desert Sunlight project in Riverside, California.[read more]

Will California's Energy Policy Become the World's Energy Policy?

January 13, 2015 by Christine Hertzog
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California Governor Jerry Brown's inaugural address included three energy objectives for 2030. Given this state’s ability to make markets through its imposing economic and innovation strengths, here are my projections about what this will mean for California, electric utilities, Smart Grid vendors, and the world.[read more]

Electric Vehicles: CPUC Says California Utilities Can Own Charging Infrastructure

January 12, 2015 by Chris King
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Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Ownership

The shift toward electric vehicles is rolling forward in California among consumers, and regulators are weighing in. Just before Christmas, the California PUC overturned previous policy and issued a new decision allowing the state's utilities to participate in providing electric vehicle charging infrastructure.[read more]

California Leads the Way with Goal of 50% Renewables by 2030

January 10, 2015 by NRDC Switchboard
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In his historic fourth Inaugural Address, California Governor Jerry Brown proposed the ambitious goal of procuring 50% of the state's electricity from clean, renewable sources by 2030. This cements the Governor's leadership on clean energy and will help fuel California's transition to a low carbon economy.[read more]

California Governor Jerry Brown Calls for 50% Renewables by 2030

January 7, 2015 by Jeff St. John
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California Governor Jerry Brown has upped the ante on the state’s green energy goals, calling for a big increase in renewable energy, alternative fuels and building efficiency over the next 15 years, along with the smart grid investments to put them to use.[read more]

How a Broken Evaluation System Hampers California's Efforts to Scale Up Efficiency

December 28, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard
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California’s method of evaluating energy efficiency programs needs fixing because it hinders efforts to help Californians save more energy and the state’s progress on its climate goals. With some concerted effort, this broken system can be repaired.[read more]

In California and Iowa, Advanced Energy Means Lots of Jobs

December 19, 2014 by Bob Keough

Advanced Energy Jobs

The advanced energy industry in California is, not surprisingly, California-sized – over 431,000 workers in more than 40,000 businesses. Rural Iowa has 22,600 advanced energy employees in 1,400 businesses, more workers than in crop production, trucking, or animal production.[read more]

BLM Rejects a Poorly Sited Solar Project in the California Desert: A Good Move for Smart from the Start Planning

December 1, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

Recently, the Bureau of Land Management in California denied an application for a large scale solar project in the Mojave Desert’s Silurian Valley, a decision that aids in the protection of thousands of acres of desert lands that conservationists, local residents and community leaders have been focused on for years.[read more]

The World's Biggest Battery Is Being Built in Southern California

November 18, 2014 by Eric Wesoff
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Battery Development in California

The world's biggest battery is coming to California. Last week, Southern California Edison (SCE) revealed the winners of a massive 250-megawatt energy storage procurement round, one that could set new standards for incorporating distributed and customer-owned energy assets into grid operations.[read more]

What's So Great About Fixed Charges?

November 5, 2014 by Severin Borenstein
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Fixed Charges

There’s a lot of talk in California these days about imposing fixed monthly charges on residential electricity bills. The large investor-owned utilities in California have small or no fixed charges, instead collecting all of their revenue from households through usage-based charges, called volumetric pricing.[read more]

California Customers Will Continue to Save Money and Energy through 2015 and Beyond

October 26, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

Savings in California

 

The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) has approved an impressive 1 billion dollars for energy-saving programs that will also save residents of the state a great deal of money by continuing to help Californians use energy in a smarter way.[read more]

Rationalizing California's Residential Electricity Rates

September 30, 2014 by Severin Borenstein
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California Home Electricity Rates

California is talking seriously about changing the way utilities price electricity for residential customers. As a result of recent legislative actions, the CPUC now has some flexibility to modify the extreme increasing-block pricing schedules that were adopted after California’s 2000-01 electricity crisis.[read more]

California Legislative Session Ends with Big Wins for Our Health and Environment

September 19, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

As the gavel fell on the California state legislative session, state leaders finished strong for the environment sending numerous bills to Governor Brown that will clean the air, reduce plastic litter pollution, combat climate change, and reduce toxic chemicals in our environment.[read more]

California Takes Its First Step Toward Creating the Distributed, Intelligent Grid of the Future

August 14, 2014 by Jeff St. John

California Grid Innovation

In California, where rooftop solar PV, distributed energy storage and energy-engaged consumers are becoming an important part of the grid mix, state regulators and utilities are thinking about how these grid edge systems will work together for the benefit of the grid, the environment and ratepayers alike.[read more]

Californians Can Handle the Truth About Gas Prices

August 12, 2014 by Severin Borenstein
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California Fuel Costs and Emissions

Concerns that cap-and-trade will drive up gas prices in California resulted in a letter from Assemblymember Perea and 15 other Democrats asking the California Air Resources Board to delay this expansion of the cap-and-trade program to include transportation fuels from January 1, 2015 to January 1, 2018.[read more]