California’s climate commitment is good for business

Many companies are choosing to locate in California because of the state’s strong climate leadership. This flies in the face of the myth that climate regulation might be a bad deal for California’s economy. Proterra, the Burlingame builder of electric buses, opened a factory in the Los Angeles area recently, in an effort to move some […]

Windfarm

Target will buy 100MW of wind energy to power 150 stores

by Brian Eckhouse, Bloomberg Target Corp. agreed to buy 100 megawatts of output from an Infinity Renewables wind project in Kansas. Power from the 474-megawatt Solomon Forks wind facility will help offset the energy used at 150 Target stores in the area, Santa Barbara, California-based Infinity said in an emailed statement Wednesday. Terms weren’t disclosed. […]

Solar eclipse

The solar eclipse on August 21

by Bernadette Del Chiaro, Executive Director of CALSEIA   A total solar eclipse will cross the Pacific Northwest two weeks from today. While California is not directly in the cross-hairs, on August 21 from roughly 9am to 12pm, the moon will partially block out 76 percent of the sun in Northern CA and 62 percent in […]

Sunset at Riverside

Climate, clean energy policies create economic boon for California’s inland empire

by Joseph Bebon, Solar Industry  A new study on the economic effects of existing climate and clean energy policies in California’s Inland Empire estimates a net benefit of $9.1 billion in direct economic activity and 41,000 net direct jobs from 2010 to 2016. When accounting for the spillover effects of these benefits, the net value jumps […]

Oklahoma wind farm by Travel Aficionado

USA’s largest & world’s second-largest onshore wind farm (2 gigawatt farm) to be built in Oklahoma

by Joshua S. Hill, Clean Technica  North America’s largest independent renewable energy company, Invenergy, has announced that it is partnering with GE Renewable Energy to build the 2 GW Wind Catcher onshore wind farm, which will be the world’s second largest and the United States’ largest wind farm once completed. Announced on Wednesday, Invenergy and […]

Solar

Sonoma Co.’s Solmetric drives innovation for Vivint Solar

by Barry Vesser, Center for Climate Protection To say that the solar industry has been going through major changes the last few years would be an understatement. It has experienced phenomenal growth, as well as bankruptcies, partnerships, mergers and acquisitions. High-profile bankruptcies like SunEdison and Sungevity have some people nervous about the industry’s future. These just […]

A Community Choice agency in the Central Valley could help accelerate deployments like this one in Kings County, which currently generates power that is purchased by Community Choice agencies outside of the Valley.

Center receives grants for $160,000 to accelerate Community Choice Energy in California

Ramping up production at Balcombe's new power plant

Report: Solar more cost effective than natural gas

by The Associated Press ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A new report from a Minnesota university shows adding energy storage may be a cost effective way to help meet the state’s electricity demand. University of Minnesota’s Energy Transition Lab presented its report to the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission this month, Minnesota Public Radio (http://bit.ly/2u8Mrpj) reported. The […]

Sun Solar Electric Installing a system in Santa Rosa, Caliofrnia

Utilities are buying up distributed energy companies. Should Community Energy agencies take a lesson?

The following article by Jeff St. John of Greentech Media demonstrates the burgeoning competition for electricity customers as utility monopolies lose their stronghold. Will Community Choice Energy agencies take a lesson and avoid losing their own customers? Considering their community focus, are Community Choice agencies developing sufficient opportunities and incentives for local solar to support […]

Alternative Energies

An interview with Mark Jacobson on the 100% renewables debate

by Stephen Lacey, Greentech Media Not long ago, energy nerds were pondering the feasibility of 20 percent renewables on the electric grid. Now we’re long past that. Today, the conversation is centered around 100 percent renewables economy-wide — thanks largely to a body of work developed by Stanford Professor Mark Jacobson and his colleagues. Since […]