California’s EV Growth Benefits Outweigh Energy System Costs, Report Says

California’s EV Growth Benefits Outweigh Energy System Costs, Report Says

As California readies for rapid electric vehicle growth, the state’s energy system will require upgrades, but the costs are likely to be low compared to the benefits, according to a new report from Next 10. The nonprofit, nonpartisan think tank takes a close look at how the state’s grid might be challenged or helped by the rise of electric vehicles.

California Hit 2020 Emissions Reduction Goal Four Years Early – Here’s How

California Hit 2020 Emissions Reduction Goal Four Years Early – Here’s How

The California Air Resources Board (CARB) found that greenhouse gas pollution in California in 2016 fell below the emissions target set for 2020, meaning the state has met its goal four years early. Under a bill passed in 2006, the state needed to lower emissions to the 1990 level of 431 million metric tons by 2020.

San Diego Apartment Complex Retrofit Cuts Electricity Usage 22%

San Diego Apartment Complex Retrofit Cuts Electricity Usage 22%

MG Properties Group reports that a major renovation of its Stonewood Gardens apartment complex in San Diego has reduced energy, electricity, and gas usage.

Developing a Self-Sustaining Microgrid: Q&A with Stone Edge Farm’s Craig Wooster

Developing a Self-Sustaining Microgrid: Q&A with Stone Edge Farm’s Craig Wooster

Stone Edge Farm is a 16-acre estate owned by Mac and Leslie McQuown in Sonoma, California, that includes a winery known for producing Cabernet Sauvignon from organically-grown grapes. In 2013, Mac and experienced electrical engineering contractor Craig Wooster embarked on an open-source microgrid project to … Read more…

California Dairies Offered New Opportunities for Biogas Production

California Dairies Offered New Opportunities for Biogas Production

Dairies and agricultural companies in California have new opportunities to address methane emissions under a program encouraging the development of diary biogas in the state. Four utilities recently announced they will start accepting proposals for pilot projects that successfully capture and process biogas from dairy … Read more…

Southern California Wildfire Threat Prompts Pre-Emptive Power Outages

Southern California Wildfire Threat Prompts Pre-Emptive Power Outages

The Santa Ana winds whipped through parts of Southern California at 88 mph last week, spreading wildfires. Dangerously dry and windy conditions prompted San Diego Gas & Electric to notify 170,000 customers that they might lose power as the utility sought to prevent its power … Read more…

California Heads for 50% Clean Energy Production by 2020

California Heads for 50% Clean Energy Production by 2020

California’s major utilities are on track to meet or exceed the state’s target of 33% renewable energy by 2020 and investor-owned utilities project they will actually get to 50% by then, according to a new report from the California Public Utilities Commission. The state’s gains … Read more…

Edwards Air Force Base Begins Solar Panel Installation Project

Edwards Air Force Base Begins Solar Panel Installation Project

A project to install solar panels on 368 military family homes on Edwards Air Force Base in California started this month. The collaboration between the 412th Civil Engineer Group and Corvias, a development, construction and property management firm that manages the homes at the base, … Read more…

California Governor Signs Bills for PACE Loan Protections

California Governor Signs Bills for PACE Loan Protections

California Governor Jerry Brown recently signed two bills into law that aim to establish a consumer protection, underwriting, and regulatory framework for Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) loans. The signing comes after a year of discussions and negotiations among low-income consumer advocates, environmental and clean-energy … Read more…

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