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Regional Electricity Markets Needed

November 10, 2015 by NRDC Switchboard

Plans to create and expand regional electricity markets in the West -- which would allow more electricity sales across state borders -- have been criticized by some as a threat to California's ability to reduce climate-warming carbon pollution from power generation. Nothing could be further from the truth.[read more]

Leaking Coal to Asia

October 29, 2015 by Maximilian Auffhammer

Coal Export Terminals

The view from my window high up in the ivory tower is spectacular. But recently I climbed down to attend a hearing at Oakland’s city council about the possible construction of a coal export terminal right here smack dab in the heart of the most liberal metropolis in North America.[read more]

33 More Injection Wells Shut Down in California

October 22, 2015 by Briana Mordick

The California Division of Oil, Gas and Geothermal Resources issued orders last Thursday requiring operators to shut down 33 of the more than 2,500 injection wells improperly permitted to pump potentially toxic oil and gas wastewater and other fluids into federally protected drinking water aquifers.[read more]

California's Gasoline Imports Increase 10-Fold After Major Refinery Outage

October 13, 2015 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy

California Fuel Sources

Over a five-month period following an explosion at a California oil refinery in February 2015, imports of gasoline into California increased to more than 10 times their typical level, drawing from sources that include India, the United Kingdom, and Russia.[read more]

Why Are California’s Gasoline Prices So High?

September 29, 2015 by Severin Borenstein

Cali Gas Prices

“What?” you may be saying “Gas prices are lower than they have been in a long time.” You see, while oil prices have been falling across the country, the gap between California gas prices and the rest of the U.S. has climbed to higher levels for a longer stretch than at any time in the last 20 years.[read more]

California Makes Clean Energy History with Passage of SB 350

September 18, 2015 by EDF Energy Exchange

California Energy Legislation

Every day thousands of Americans suffer from dirty and polluted air – costing the young and old their health, livelihood, and in many cases, their lives. As California is home to the top five most polluted cities in the country, we need action.[read more]

California Backtracks on Its Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduction Program

September 16, 2015 by Henry Auer

California Emissions Efforts

California’s effort to curb emissions of greenhouse gases, initiated by former Republican Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, suffered a major setback when present Governor Jerry Brown and state legislators agreed to exempt petroleum from the program. They succumbed to intense pressure from the oil industry.[read more]

Landmark Climate Law Directs Electric Utilities to Displace Oil Companies

September 14, 2015 by Max Baumhefner

Climate Law and California

Within 15 years, California will generate at least half of its electricity from renewable resources and double savings from energy efficiency gains, two milestones included in Senate Bill (SB) 350. News coverage of this bill prior to its passage overlooked these monumental targets.[read more]

California Takes the Lead on Climate Policy

September 9, 2015 by Steven Cohen

With nearly 40 million people, California is our largest state by population and is in many ways the embodiment of the contemporary American Dream. California has long led the nation in environmental policy. Polling data in the state reports deep and broad support for protecting the environment.[read more]

Four Things California Should Consider before Rolling Out Time-of-Use Pricing

September 9, 2015 by EDF Energy Exchange

California and Time-of-Use Pricing

This summer the California Public Utilities Commission ordered changes in how Californians pay for electricity. Customers of the big three investor-owned utilities will be switching residential customers to the same pricing plan used by commercial and industrial customers: time-of-use electricity pricing.[read more]

New Report: California's Climate Policies Benefit Manufacturing and Help Reduce Energy Bills

September 7, 2015 by NRDC Switchboard

California Climate Policies

California's climate and energy policies have helped improve the productivity of its manufacturers - with the state leading the nation in manufacturing output, exports, and jobs - and lowered business and household electricity bills, according to a report released recently.[read more]

Can California Ignore its Neighbors?

September 1, 2015 by James Bushnell

California and Neighborly Risk

The U.S., has operated its power system as a collection of balkanized fiefdoms. Evidence from around the country, indicates that merging utility system operations can be a big win economically by reducing the amount of fuel burned, improving network utilization, and increasing reliability.[read more]

'Pathway to 2050' Focuses on California’s 2030 Goals, Utility Regulation and Business Models

August 24, 2015 by Bob Keough

California, Regulation, and Future Planning

“We are at another inflection point in California policy,” said Howard Wenger of SunPower Corp. With legislation pending across the street in the Capitol to raise California’s already high standards for renewable energy and building efficiency, he couldn't be more right.[read more]

Four Powerhouse Bills to Help California get to 50 Percent Renewable Energy

August 19, 2015 by EDF Energy Exchange

California Energy Bills

California is deep into the dog days of summer, and pressure is mounting on the state’s electric grid to keep up with demand. Luckily, California’s legislature is working to bring more clean energy resources to the grid, diversifying how we power our homes and businesses.[read more]

PG&E's New Tariff Could 'Gut the PV Opportunity' for the Commercial Sector

July 29, 2015 by Jeff St. John

Tariffs and PV Opportunity


If you were wandering the halls of last week’s Intersolar conference in San Francisco, you probably heard a lot of worried, angry talk about something called the A-6 tariff, and how proposed changes to it were threatening to undercut commercial solar PV economics in Northern California.[read more]