CPUC releases proposed decision on Community Choice exit fees

On August 1st the California Public Utilities Commission issued the long-awaited Proposed Decision* on the “exit fees” that Community Choice customers are charged for power that was purchased by private utilities on their behalf before they left (exited) to become Community Choice agency (CCA) customers. This is a pass-through charge because these fees are charged […]

New programs nudge homeowners to switch to electric heat pumps

by Steven Nadel, Aceee From coast to coast, several programs are starting to help homeowners switch from space and water heating fueled by oil, propane, and natural gas to high-efficiency heat pumps powered by clean electricity. Multiple studies have found such conversions will be necessary to achieve deep cuts in carbon dioxide emissions (see here […]

Power change by changing power

Karen Barnes handles Development for the Center for Climate Protection. This summer we continue to work on our newest project, to bring Community Choice Energy to California’s Central Valley. All regions in our state should have access to clean power. Climate and environmental impacts are magnified and debilitating for disenfranchised communities that are disproportionately impacted […]

‘We will be waiting’: Tribe says Keystone XL construction is not welcome

by Phil Mckenna, InsideClimate News The company building the long-contested Keystone XL oil pipeline notified the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe in a letter this week that it will start stockpiling equipment along the pipeline’s route this month in preparation for construction. Tribal Chairman Harold Frazier sent back a sharp, one-line response: “We will be waiting.” […]

Afraid to talk about climate change? Don’t be.

by Sarah Mosko, Times of San Diego How often do we talk about climate change to family, friends or coworkers? Probably next to never if we’re like most people. Yale University’s national polling reveals that the majority of Americans accept that global warming is happening (73 percent) and are worried about it (63 percent). Even […]

Tesla has ‘about 11,000’ energy storage projects underway in Puerto Rico, says Elon Musk

by Fred Lambert, Electrek Tesla is apparently significantly ramping up its effort to help rebuild the power grid in Puerto Rico after it was destroyed by hurricanes last year. After having completed hundreds of energy storage project on the islands in the last few months, Tesla CEO Elon Musk now says that they have ‘about […]

This developer just won a fight to make California a massive coal exporter

by Jackie Flynn Mogensen, Mother Jones A federal judge ruled Tuesday to overturn a ban on coal shipping through Oakland, California—which could pave the way for the city’s port to become one of the largest coal-export facilities in the country. Judge Vince Chhabria determined Oakland’s coal-shipping ban, instituted in 2016, violates a contractual agreement between […]

Sonoma Clean Power offers innovative incentives for rebuilding after fires

by Sonoma Clean Power Sonoma Clean Power (SCP), Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E), and Bay Area Air Quality Management District have joined efforts to help homeowners affected by the October 2017 firestorms rebuild energy-efficient, sustainable homes. The program will be an enhancement to PG&E’s long-standing California Advanced Homes Program, and offers two incentive packages […]

SOLAR XL: Resisting Keystone XL by building clean energy in the pipeline’s path

by Mark Hefflinger, Bold Alliance TransCanada’s proposed Keystone XL pipeline would carry 830,000 barrels per day of dirty tarsands from Canada through hundreds of American homes, farms and ranches. It would cross the delicate Sandhills in Nebraska and put the critical Ogallala Aquifer and sacred Indigenous sites like the Ponca Trail of Tears at risk. […]

Bears Ears officially opens to oil and gas

by J. Weston Phippen, Outside Online As of 9 a.m. on Friday, the protections for what was once Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante national monuments ceased to exist, and all the surrounding public lands opened to resource extraction. Sixty days ago, President Trump signed an order in Salt Lake City to reduce the size of […]