Electric heat pumps can slash heating emissions by more than half in California homes

by Justin Gerdes, Greentech Media California aims to be carbon-neutral by 2045. Any path to get there will require decarbonizing the state’s buildings. According to a new Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) study, published in the Electricity Journal, electric heat pumps should be part of any long-term building decarbonization strategy in California. “If you purchase […]

Energy priorities shift as a new administration takes hold

by Tux Turkel, Press Herald Efforts to expand natural gas capacity. Hopes of luring discounted Canadian electricity. Measures to stunt the growth of solar power and discourage wind farms on land and sea. These actions championed for eight years by Gov. Paul LePage and Republican allies will end on Jan. 2, as a new Democratic […]

To the State: Don’t break PG&E up. Take it over

by Johanna Bozuwa, Common Dreams There is strong evidence that the wildfires raging through California right now—killing at least 80 people, with at least an additional 1,000 missing as of November 18—have been sparked at least in part by the large investor-owned monopoly utility, PG&E. Further, PG&E’s apparent negligence and its consequences aren’t new. Cal […]

Wind is cheapest, followed by solar

by Dan Gearino, InsideClimate News There was a time when utility companies could say coal plants were a bargain. Many of the same companies viewed wind and solar as too expensive to do on a large scale. I’m not talking about ancient history. This was 2008, when I started covering energy. Since then, the costs […]

Santa Rosa City Council moves toward innovative “electric-ready” building ordinance

by Mike Turgeon, Center for Climate Protection Climate Action Fellow In a marathon study session on Tuesday, October 23rd, the Santa Rosa City Council, at the urging of the Friends of the Climate Action Plan (FoCAP), received a long-overdue update on the progress of the 2012 Municipal and Community Climate Action Plans.  The Climate Action Plan […]

Spain plans switch to 100% renewable electricity by 2050

by Arthur Neslen, The Guardian Spain has launched an ambitious plan to switch its electricity system entirely to renewable sources by 2050 and completely decarbonise its economy soon after. By mid-century greenhouse gas emissions would be slashed by 90% from 1990 levels under Spain’s draft climate change and energy transition law. To do this, the […]

10% Of New Vehicles Purchased in California Are EVs

by Loren McDonald, Clean Technica Trends in the US often start in California, expand to other Western states and/or Northeastern states, and then fill in eventually in the Midwest and South. This same pattern is also occurring with sales of EVs in the US and is creating in essence green versus brown states, similar to […]

California moves to replace gas plants with batteries from Tesla

by Mark Chediak, Bloomberg PG&E Corp. plans to replace three natural gas-fired power plants in California with battery-storage systems as the state continues its push to squeeze fossil fuels out of the electricity mix. The California Public Utilities Commission approved Thursday four PG&E energy-storage contracts to support Northern California’s electric grid, including a project by […]

SVCE signs major contracts for California’s largest solar-plus-storage projects

by Silicon Valley Clean Energy Silicon Valley Clean Energy (SVCE) signed two long-term agreements for the largest utility-scale, solar-plus-storage projects to be built in California. The two projects will provide 153 megawatts (MW) of solar and 47 MW of storage and will be developed by EDF Renewables North America and Recurrent Energy Development Holdings, LLC. […]

Showdown at Moss Landing

by Julian Spector, Greentech Media PG&E’s Moss Landing battery plant is either the harbinger of a cleaner, more efficient grid, or a dangerous waste of ratepayer money, depending on whom you ask. The California Public Utilities Commission will vote on the project on October 25. Its Energy Division staff urged approval, arguing that the four […]