November 5th, 2013 / By: Ed Sztukowski
Renewable energy is not to blame
To hear leaders in the coal, natural gas, and oil industries tell it, renewable energy is the sole reason electricity rates are rising in California.
A report from Californians for Affordable & Reliable Energy (CARE) says solar-friendly policies like the Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) and carbon pricing are forcing utilities to raise their electricity rates for consumers.
Considering that CARE is mostly made up of oil industry representatives, their negative positions regarding renewable energy and clean air policies are hardly surprising. Ultimately, CARE's report on rising electricity prices misses the mark.
Solar rebates extended for some
October 25th, 2013 / By: Ed Sztukowski
Organization successfully petitions CPUC to re-allocate funds
Now might be your chance to take advantage of solar rebates if you're a San Diego Gas and Electric (SDG&E) customer.
After months of negotiation, the California Center for Sustainable Energy (CCSE) successfully petitioned the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) to re-open residential solar rebates for SDG&E customers.
By reallocating funds away from nonresidential solar projects, back toward residential projects, nearly $5 million in rebates have opened up. That's enough to fund about 25 megawatts of new solar projects in the San Diego area.
Utilities to add 1.325 GW of energy storage by 2020
October 18th, 2013 / By: Ed Sztukowski
New law may have dramatic implications for the energy grid
The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) approved a new mandate yesterday, requiring the state's big utilities to procure 1.325 GW of energy storage by 2020.
That target is the largest worldwide, and once again cements California's reputation as a progressive energy leader. By being able to store more energy, California will increase the reliability of the grid and integrate renewables on a larger scale.
"I believe energy storage has great potential to help us address grid reliability and renewables integration issues," said CPUC commissioner Carla Peterman. "This decision is an important and appropriate step, especially considering the leadership role California has and continues to play in advancing progressive energy policy."