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Community choice programs are not delivering on clean energy for California

Eighteen years ago, California was faced with rolling blackouts and a major energy crisis. It may not seem like it, Read More →

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California will require solar panels on all new homes. That’s not necessarily a good thing.

The California Energy Commission (CEC) recently voted 5-0 to add some new provisions to the state’s building code. Among them Read More →

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To Be a True Climate Leader, California Must Show the World How to Stop Using Fossil Fuels — Period

Renewable Energy World, April 10, 2018 California is a renowned global leader on climate and clean energy policy, but risks Read More →

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California keeps breaking solar records. How long before it’s a problem?

Less than 2 percent of U.S. electricity comes from the sun. But last week, on a cool Sunday afternoon when there Read More →

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How California Can Avoid Throwing Away Solar Energy

Why would anyone even consider shutting down as much as 80 percent of California’s giant solar power plants, which cost Read More →

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California Has Too Much Solar Power — And That’s a Good Thing

No business wants to create a solution in search of a problem, particularly in the slow-changing energy industry. Instead, businesses want to find solutions for problems that exist and create ways to make money off their solutions. Enter the exigent problem California is facing: it has too much solar energy. Read More →

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How California Blackouts Will Make Solar and Batteries A National Story

By Bill Roth, Triple Pundit

California again faces potential blackouts. This time it is tied to a natural gas storage facility called Aliso Canyon owned by Sempra Energy’s Southern California Gas. The site’s ability to deliver energy was crippled by a natural gas leak described as an ecological disaster comparable to the BP oil rig explosion. State officials worry that this key facility will not be able to deliver sufficient supplies to California’s natural gas generating plants during summer peak electricity demands. Read More →

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The Perils of Wholesale Distributed Generation: Can California Live Up to Its Promise?

By Tam Hunt (Community Renewable Solutions LLC), Greentech Media

There has been a lot of excitement about the promise of wholesale distributed generation in California in recent years. But the state still hasn’t lived up to its promise. Wholesale distributed generation (DG) refers to front-of-meter systems (typically sized between 1 megawatt and 20 megawatts) that sell power directly to the utility or a third-party offtaker. This is an important market niche that remains underdeveloped. Read More →

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Smug About Your Solar Roof? Not So Fast

By Severin Borenstein (Professor, UC Berkeley), The Los Angeles Times

If you’ve installed solar panels on your roof and feel aglow with environmental virtue, you may be in for a rude awakening. There’s a good chance someone else has purchased your halo and is wearing it right now. In most states (including California), rooftop solar panels earn Renewable Energy Certificates, which quantify how much clean electricity they produce. But if panels are leased or installed under a power purchase agreement, it’s the “third-party owner” — not the homeowner — who gets those certificates. Read More →

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A Sunny Future for Utility-Scale Solar

By John Finnigan, The Energy Collective

Utility-scale solar and distributed solar both have an important role to play in reducing greenhouse emissions, and both have made great strides in the past year. Utility-scale solar is reaching “grid parity” (i.e., cost equivalency) with traditional generation in more areas across the country, and solar received a major boost when the federal tax incentive was recently extended through 2021. Read More →

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