Here Comes The Sun: New CPUC Tariff Preserves Most Benefits For Rooftop Solar

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On January 28, 2016, the California Public Utilities Commission voted in a 3-2 decision to approve a new tariff that preserves net energy metering.

Gas Prices Drop To Lowest Level In Nearly Four Years

On January 15, 2016, the California Department of Conservation (DOC) issued a notice of intent to propose emergency natural gas storage regulations in response to Governor Brown’s emergency proclamation to address the ongoing natural gas leak at the Aliso Canyon Natural Gas Storage Facility in Los Angeles County. The leak, detected in October 2015, is… Keep reading →

U.S. Military Makes Preparations

The US navy on Wednesday launched its first carrier strike group powered partly by biofuel a mix made from beef fat, calling it a milestone toward easing the military’s reliance on foreign oil. [The Guardian] California’s attorney general is investigating Exxon Mobil on whether the company lied to the public and shareholders about the risks… Keep reading →

Greenspan Warns Of Danger Of High Natural Gas Prices

The ongoing leak at the Aliso Canyon natural gas facility owned by Southern California Gas has driven more than 2,000 families from their homes in the Porter Ranch area of Los Angeles and prompted Gov. Brown to declare a state of emergency. It’s dumped an estimated 83 thousand metric tons of methane into the atmosphere… Keep reading →

California Continues To Lead U.S. In Green Technology

Ohmconnect, EnergyHub, Green Charge Networks, EnerNOC, eMotorWerks and Stem are among the winners of experimental utility contracts for grid-edge flexibility.  Late last year, we covered the opening of bids for California’s Demand Response Auction Mechanism, or DRAM — the state’s first big attempt to bring distributed energy resources into service for the grid, from smart thermostats… Keep reading →

Battle Looms For Coastal Wetland In Southern California

The single biggest contributor to climate change in California is a blown-out natural gas well more than 8,700ft underground, state authorities and campaign groups have stated. [The Guardian] A new report from Oklahoma’s energy industry is highlighting more bad news resulting from the slide in oil and natural gas prices. [KOCO] A new study says… Keep reading →

German Summit On Electric Mobility

As any child of the ’80s knows, October 21, 2015 is “Back to the Future Day” – the day that the film’s protagonist, Marty McFly, travels to the future in his DeLorean. Though it would no doubt be useful to have access to flying cars (think of the traffic one could avoid), Californians are seeing… Keep reading →

California’s Solar Energy-Friendly Policy Survives… For Now

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The California Public Utilities Commission has issued a proposed decision adopting the successor to the existing Net Energy Metering tariff.

California Power Grid Strained By Heat Wave

  More than $1 billion available in committed funds After being eclipsed by residential property-assessed clean energy financing in 2014, commercial PACE projects lined up considerable funding in 2015, and not just in California. The Connecticut Green Bank just announced that Hannon Armstrong will provide up to $100 million for commercial PACE projects through the… Keep reading →

Research Shows San Andreas Fault May Be Overdue For Large Earthquake

Methane pollution from the oil and gas industry is a serious problem for our climate and communities, but it’s one most people aren’t even aware of. That’s because, while methane is a powerful pollutant, it is colorless, odorless and invisible to the naked eye. But residents of Southern California’s Porter Ranch neighborhood had their eyes… Keep reading →

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