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East Bay Community Choice Aiming for Top Green Customer Ranking

Next year, East Bay Community Energy expects to have the second highest number of customers in the nation served with 100% solar and wind power, it announced a week after the Global Climate Summit in Glasgow, Scotland.

Seven of 14 Bay Area cities served by the community energy provider will power their municipal loads and […]

November 23, 2021|

West Coast Sets Up Clean Construction Task Force

Over the weekend at the COP26 climate conference in Glasgow, Scotland, the states of California, Oregon, Washington, the province of British Columbia and six of the region’s largest cities announced a new task force to boost the market for new construction materials that don’t destroy the atmosphere.

Building materials like concrete and steel are responsible […]

November 10, 2021|

CPUC Advances Building Decarbonization and Utility Safety

The California Public Utilities Commission approved measures to help builders and owners increase the electrification of their homes or other buildings, in part by creating a single application for incentives for both electric heat pumps and water heaters that replace gas-fired ones.  There are $440 million in subsidies.

The CPUC also told the state’s three […]

November 4, 2021|

CPUC Seeks Another 3,000 MW by Next Summer

The California Public Utilities Commission proposes to further bolster the grid the next two summers by adding between 2,000 and 3,000 megawatts, including by expanding commercial and residential demand response and home energy efficiency programs, as well as increasing payments for the resources. The mix of supply and demand products is to alleviate stress […]

November 2, 2021|

Setting Decarbonization R&D Budget Priorities

The potent global warming gases used in refrigeration took center stage at a hearing on priorities for the California Public Utilities Commission’s Electric Program Investment Charge.

If we do not tackle emissions from refrigerants “it could negate everything we do,” Abhilasha Wadhwa, CPUC Energy Efficiency Branch analyst, said during a joint energy agency hearing on […]

October 28, 2021|
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