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Can California Ignore its Neighbors?

September 1, 2015 by James Bushnell
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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
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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]

The Reality of Energy Storage Policy Is Different From What Solar-Storage Vendors Expect

July 23, 2015 by Jeff St. John

Energy Storage and Reality

California may in fact be one of the country’s great key emerging markets for battery-backed distributed solar energy. But that promise of energy resource transformation is made up of a complex set of equal parts opportunity and uncertainty.[read more]

Timing is Everything: How California is Getting Electricity Pricing Right and Bringing Clean Power to the People

July 22, 2015 by EDF Energy Exchange
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Getting Clean Power to the People

Anybody managing a household budget knows it pays to plan ahead. With advanced thinking we can buy favorite items with coupons, when they’re on sale, in bulk, or at the cheapest store in the area. Similarly, we know that buying under duress, or in the touristy spot, will likely mean higher prices.[read more]

California Dreamin' of Distributed Energy Resources, as Utilities File Plans

July 13, 2015 by Lexie Briggs

California and State Energy Policy

In many ways, California is a special case. With an economy about the same size of Canada’s ($2.3 trillion in 2014) and a population of more than 38 million (roughly one in eight Americans is a Californian), California’s energy policies affect huge numbers of people and a large portion of the American economy.[read more]

California Leaders See Climate Action as a Winning Political Issue

June 5, 2015 by EDF Energy Exchange

California Climate Legislation

It’s always inspiring to see people stand up and fight for issues that matter to them. In our world, when politics can at times seem petty or backwards, it’s especially uplifting to see politicians do this. And that’s exactly what’s happening inside California’s state capitol.[read more]

Renewable Electricity is in Bloom in California

May 3, 2015 by EDF Energy Exchange
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Renewables in CA

While California never quite got a winter, we can still acknowledge that spring is here. From where I sit in Sacramento, spring means getting out and enjoying the blue skies, a last bit of cool air before a brutal summer, and oh yes, the legislature heating up on important questions of California’s energy future.[read more]

While Most Wait for the Federal Government, California May Have Just Broken the Methane Puzzle Wide Open

May 1, 2015 by EDF Energy Exchange

California and Methane Risk and Policy

Methane from oil and gas operations is a serious climate risk, but also a ripe opportunity to make a huge dent in overall greenhouse emissions. This past week, the state of California took a big, and long-awaited, step to address the challenge.[read more]

California's Major Residential Rate Reform: A Mixed Bag for Solar Economics

April 30, 2015 by Jeff St. John

Reform and Solar Impacts

California utility regulators issued a proposal to reform the complex, multi-tiered rate structures for residential customers of the state’s big three investor-owned utilities. And as solar advocates expected, it contains some good news and some bad news for the economics of customer-owned net-metered solar PV systems.[read more]

Building Codes That Work

April 23, 2015 by Maximilian Auffhammer
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Green Buildings and Regulation

New building codes are a significant part of projected emissions reduction goals in the United States, all over Europe, in Japan, and elsewhere as well. The question of course is, whether building codes actually cause such decreases in energy consumption.[read more]

Biofuels, Hunger, and Climate: Fixing California's LCFS Analysis

April 6, 2015 by Jonathan Lewis

Despite their shortcomings, it’s too soon to give up on biofuel LCAs. Lifecycle GHG emission models can help characterize the GHG performance of biofuels in general terms, but only if policymakers at California ARB and other agencies ensure that LCAs steer us toward, rather than away from, our policy objectives.[read more]

Major Steps Toward a 21st Century Electricity System in New York, California

April 2, 2015 by Ryan Katofsky

State Electrical System Reform

Now well into 2015, momentum is building around the country to create a 21st Century electricity system. Progress is being made on the regulatory front and with implementation, as various states move to modernize their grids, update their regulatory frameworks, and address future challenges.[read more]

The Path Toward a Low-Carbon California

April 2, 2015 by Energy Innovation LLC

Carbon Mitigation in California

California risks falling short of the pace necessary to meet the its target of reducing greenhouse gas emissions 80 percent below 1990 levels by 2050. Fortunately, policymakers are putting in place the next phase of energy policies that would maintain the state’s leadership for decades to come.[read more]