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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]

California Utility SCE Selects Vendors for 1.3GW of New Solar Projects

August 10, 2014 by Eric Wesoff
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Southern California Edison has signed contracts for more than 1,300 megawatts of new solar power across seven large-scale projects, according to a release. The utility has also recontracted 225 megawatts of geothermal energy with the existing California source, Geysers Power.[read more]

California Could Rewrite the Rules for Distributed Demand Response

August 9, 2014 by Jeff St. John
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California and Demand Response

You might imagine that California, the land of energy efficiency, smart meters, rooftop solar panels and plug-in electric vehicles, would also be leading the country in demand response -- the term of art for turning homes and buildings into grid-responsive energy assets. But you’d be wrong.[read more]

California and Mexico to Forge Shared Solutions on Climate Change and the Economy

July 30, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

Although California and Mexico each have their own challenges, it’s clear that environmental problems like carbon pollution, fossil fuel development, aging infrastructure, pressures on our oceans from overfishing, and threats to valuable natural resource areas pay no heed to governmental borders.[read more]

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]