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JUICE: Cazalet Pitches Plan to Grow Energy Storage

17 Jan

Energy storage technologies are considered by lawmakers, regulators, and many others as a key way to balance the ebb and flow of higher levels of intermittent solar and wind power feeding California’s grid. However, the growth of various storage technologies, which can store excess renewable flows and release the juice at times of high demand, […]

4 Things to Watch For in the 2015 Energy Storage Market

20 Jan

by Katherine Tweed Originally appearing in GreenTech Media The energy storage market really began to heat up in 2014, but 2015 promises a faster pace and bigger scale, according to Ravi Manghani, senior energy storage analyst with GTM Research. Here’s what to keep an eye on in this year.  (more…)

Reverse Net-Metering? California Penalizes Certain Types Of Energy Efficiency

17 Jan

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Jerry Brown is cautious – except on clean energy

16 Jan

by Bill Whalen* Originally appearing in the Sacramento Bee Say what you will about Jerry Brown’s return to the Governor’s Office, but you can’t criticize the man for setting the bar too high – not in a first term highlighted by restrained rhetoric and an agenda more terrestrial than moonbeam. Brown’s cautionary style continues in […]

PUC pledges to improve safety, rebuild public trust

14 Jan

by Michael Picker* Originally appearing in the Sacramento Bee The California Public Utilities Commission has a long and important history regulating the industries responsible for building and maintaining services that are key to our daily lives and prosperity – electricity, natural gas, telecommunications, rail and water. Over the years, the PUC has served the state […]

Report: Solar Is Cheaper Than the Grid in 42 of the 50 Largest US Cities

14 Jan

by Julia Pyper Originally appearing in GreenTech Media Millions of people live in cities where going solar would cost them less than their current utility rates — and most of them don’t even know it. According to a new report by the North Carolina Clean Energy Technology Center, backed by the SunShot Initiative, a fully […]

Reverse Net-Metering? California Penalizes Certain Types Of Energy Efficiency

13 Jan

by William Pentland Originally appearing in Forbes Can you imagine paying your local utility for electricity you did not consume? This seems absurd. We don’t pay taxes for income we never earn. In most places and most industries, this kind of scheme would be considered outrageous. But then California is not like most places and investor-owned utilities […]

Regulator was ‘dear friend’ of Edison

10 Jan

by Jeff McDonald Originally appearing in UT San Diego Newly obtained emails suggest that improper contacts between the former California Public Utilities Commission president and utility executives were more extensive than previously known. Consumer advocates and at least one lawmaker are worried the behavior may not be limited to Michael Peevey, whose 12-year stint as […]

Why Big Energy Companies Want To Invest In Energy Storage Startups

7 Jan

by Ucilia Wang Originally appearing in Forbes Stem, a California energy storage service startup, has lined up Constellation Technology Ventures and Total Energy Ventures as investors and added $12 million to its previously announced $15 million Series B, the company said Wednesday. The addition of these two investors reflect the growing interest by big energy […]

Gov. Brown’s renewable energy plan could boost solar, wind industries

7 Jan

by Julie Cart Originally appearing in LA Times Gov. Jerry Brown’s proposal this week to significantly boost the amount of energy California derives from renewable sources could reinvigorate the state’s utility-scale solar and wind industries, as well as launch another land rush in the Mojave Desert. In his inaugural address, Brown didn’t say how the […]

Cutting oil use by 50 percent difficult but doable, experts say

6 Jan

By David R. Baker Originally appearing in San Francisco Chronicle Gov. Jerry Brown’s goal of cutting California’s oil use in half may sound like an impossible task in a state famous for freeways and sprawl. But by one measure, we may be halfway there. Similarly, Brown’s call for California to get half of its electricity […]

For his final term, Brown charts an ambitious path

5 Jan

BY DAVID SIDERS AND CHRISTOPHER CADELAGO Originally appearing in Sacramento Bee Gov. Jerry Brown, sworn in Monday for a fourth and final term, called in his inaugural address for sweeping changes to fight climate change and for renewed spending on California’s aging infrastructure. Two months after the Republican Party surged in a dismal midterm election for […]

State to double down on AB 32’s failure? Really?

5 Jan

By Editorial Board Originally appearing in UT San Diego Gov. Jerry Brown’s decision to double down on AB 32 — the state’s landmark 2006 anti-global warming law — is stark testament to the power of the green religion among California Democrats. It is also a rejection of basic economics and logic. (more…)

Legalize ferrets or fight climate change? Quite a dilemma

3 Jan

by Dan Morain Originally appearing in Sacramento Bee Robert Hertzberg, the former speaker and newly elected state senator, has a big idea: extending California’s sales tax to services, generating $10 billion a year, and giving a break to low-income working stiffs. Sen. Fran Pavley, D-Agoura Hills, nearing the end of her tenure in the Legislature, […]

Gas prices rise for first time in weeks; California cap-and-trade effect cited

2 Jan

by Mark Glover Originally appearing in Sacramento Bee Hours after 2015 arrived, gasoline prices in Sacramento and throughout California inched upward for the first time in weeks. Experts called the uptick a subdued response to the state’s new requirement that oil companies buy credits to offset the carbon emitted by cars and trucks. Opponents and […]

Cheap oil hides global-warming fee, for now

2 Jan

by Dan McSwain Originally appearing in UT San Diego A new state fee on gasoline designed to combat global warming arrived at the corner gas station on New Year’s Day, but tumbling oil prices are likely to insulate consumers for the time being. It’s a lucky break for lawmakers who, concerned about political backlash, made […]

The Top Ten Electricity Stories Of 2014

2 Jan

by Peter Kelly-Detwiler Originally appearing in Forbes With so much change occurring almost daily last year – it seemed as if there was a new and meaningful story at least once a week – writing a story about the events in 2014 until 2014 was actually over seemed premature. Well, that’s one excuse, anyway. But even this […]

Prospective CPUC Head Dismisses PG&E Concerns, Says Too Much Bay Area Focus

30 Dec

By Ted Goldberg Originally appearing in KQED News Michael Picker, appointed by Gov. Jerry Brown to become the new president of the California Public Utilities Commission, told KQED he is not concerned about the close ties the agency has had with PG&E. He also said he thinks the large regulatory agency is too focused on […]

Tom Steyer was biggest of mega-donors, analysis shows

30 Dec

By CHRIS MEGERIAN Originally appearing in Los Angeles Times During the 2014 midterm elections, no one spent political cash like Tom Steyer, the Democratic hedge fund billionaire from San Francisco who has tried to make climate change a paramount issue in American politics. He dropped more than $74 million into congressional and gubernatorial campaigns, almost […]

Mary Nichols has ‘rock star’ influence as top air quality regulator

27 Dec

By CHRIS MEGERIAN Originally appearing in the Los Angeles Times A meeting with Gov. Jerry Brown and Chevron executives was ending when an oil company official turned to Mary Nichols, California’s top regulator for air pollution. There was only so much Chevron could do to meet the state’s rules, he told her. “I know we’ve […]