California Supercharges Battery Incentive for Wildfire-Vulnerable Homes

California Supercharges Battery Incentive for Wildfire-Vulnerable Homes

The regulator's decision addresses many of challenges on this front, such as opening SGIP funding to specific Central Valley disadvantaged communities and participants in existing multi-family housing solar programs.

California regulators identify multi-gigawatt energy shortfall

California regulators identify multi-gigawatt energy shortfall

The proposal calls for ‘all-source’ procurement, opening the door for natural gas-fired plants, energy storage, demand response and any other potential non-fossil generation facilities.It’s not every day that an energy need equivalent to the capacity of the state with the 8th most installed solar in the nation comes along.

Los Angeles says “Yes” to the cheapest solar plus storage in the USA

Los Angeles says “Yes” to the cheapest solar plus storage in the USA

Yesterday, Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) Board of Commissioners voted unanimously to approve a power purchase agreement (PPA) with 8minute Solar Energy for a solar power plus energy storage facility located in Kern County, California.

Looming Grid Shortfall Prompts 2.5GW California Procurement Proposal

Looming Grid Shortfall Prompts 2.5GW California Procurement Proposal

It started with the forced closure of the San Onofre nuclear power plant in 2013, which led the CPUC to order Southern California Edison and neighboring utility San Diego Gas & Electric to conduct a first-ever procurement of distributed energy resources such as solar, batteries, demand response and energy efficiency to help meet the resulting capacity and reliability shortfalls by decade’s end — although the CPUC also allowed both companies to build new natural gas plants as well.

Why Solar Execs Say the Game Is Already Over for Non-Renewable Energy

Why Solar Execs Say the Game Is Already Over for Non-Renewable Energy

It’s game over,” said Tom Werner, CEO of SunPower, the California-based solar company, speaking at the Fortune Global Sustainability Forum on Thursday in Yunnan, China.

A Plan to Unlock Local Clean Energy for a Climate-Resilient California Grid

A Plan to Unlock Local Clean Energy for a Climate-Resilient California Grid

For example, Santa Rita Union School District, which serves low-income communities near Salinas, has installed solar-plus-storage backup power at six of its public schools, ready to provide clean power indefinitely during outages.

California Proposes $100M in Energy Storage Incentives to Boost Wildfire Resiliency

California Proposes $100M in Energy Storage Incentives to Boost Wildfire Resiliency

The proposed decision would direct $100 million from SGIP’s equity budget — a set-aside aimed at low-income, medically compromised or otherwise disadvantaged residents — to vulnerable households, critical services facilities, and low-income solar program customers in Tier 3 high-fire-threat districts.

Trump says his mileage rules make cars safer. His EPA was worried they will kill more people.

Trump says his mileage rules make cars safer. His EPA was worried they will kill more people.

In fact, four car companies — Volkswagen, BMW, Ford, and Honda — signed a surprise deal with the state of California earlier this summer to set stricter mileage rules for themselves than what the Trump administration proposed.

Schwarzenegger-backed start-up helps Australia wind farms duck negative prices

Schwarzenegger-backed start-up helps Australia wind farms duck negative prices

A California start-up backed by former California governor and actor Arnold Schwarzenegger has launched what it says is the first energy trading software backed by artificial intelligence in the world, and it is helping local wind and solar farms dodge negative prices and will deliver a significant lift in revenue for battery storage.

Sunnova Partners With California Roofer Ahead of Solar Mandate

Sunnova Partners With California Roofer Ahead of Solar Mandate

Residential solar provider Sunnova and PetersenDean, a California-based company that installs roofs and solar, will work together on solar and storage leases and power-purchase agreements in the state.PetersenDean said its deal with Sunnova is the only solar service provider partnership it has solidified in California.

California Community Choice Aggregator Sees Promise in Floating Offshore Wind

California Community Choice Aggregator Sees Promise in Floating Offshore Wind

It’s an early, if no-stakes, claim to what could be a massive offshore wind opportunity set to open via federal offshore lease auction next year, assuming floating wind turbine technology can meet the tests of wind, wave and California’s energy markets.

Is a California solar+storage boom about to happen?

Is a California solar+storage boom about to happen?

The report noted a prior analysis done by utility Southern California Edison (SCE), which found that generally:The peak hour of the year occurs consistently in September.In 2020, for the hours ending 17 through 19, the resource adequacy-backed energy is 2,200 MW, 2,300 MW, and 1,500 MW less than the hourly capacity need.

SDG&E Introduces New Wildfire Response Measures and Equipment

SDG&E Introduces New Wildfire Response Measures and Equipment

The utility on Wednesday announced a partnership with the County of San Diego on a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter — which provided Winn's backdrop — that the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection will have dispatch authority over for fighting regional fires.

How EnBW Plans to Become the Next Big US Offshore Wind Player

How EnBW Plans to Become the Next Big US Offshore Wind Player

Its first big step into the U.S. came a year ago, when the company formed a joint venture to develop a floating project off California with Trident Winds, a small developer based on the West Coast.In addition to the New York Bight, a second federal offshore wind lease auction is expected in 2020 for areas off California.

EDP secures second 100MW buyer for Californian solar-plus-storage project

EDP secures second 100MW buyer for Californian solar-plus-storage project

The output is added to the 100MW of energy and 30MW of storage the Sonrisa Solar Park is already contracted to produce for East Bay Community Energy, as outlined in a PPA secured in June.

Shout It From the Rooftops: Solar Delivers Far More Than Renewable Energy

Shout It From the Rooftops: Solar Delivers Far More Than Renewable Energy

For example, a Carnegie Mellon and National Renewable Energy Laboratory study found that distributed solar resources saved California utilities over $650 million from 2013 to 2015 by reducing demand on the grid at peak times, consequently driving down prices throughout the day.

CalCom Energy completes 800-kW solar carports at California outlet mall

CalCom Energy completes 800-kW solar carports at California outlet mall

The Outlets at Tejon, a shopping center in Arvin, California, announced the completion of an 800-kW solar PV carport system that covers five rows of stalls in the center’s southwest parking field, south of the Beale tower.

Another California City Drops Gas Peaker in Favor of Clean Portfolio

Another California City Drops Gas Peaker in Favor of Clean Portfolio

The final portfolio, proposed in Glendale Water & Power's new integrated resource plan, would repower the Grayson Power Plant with a 75-megawatt/300-megawatt-hour Tesla battery installation and up to 93 megawatts of fast-ramping Wärtsilä engines.

Sunrun Wins Another Capacity Contract for Aggregated Home Storage

Sunrun Wins Another Capacity Contract for Aggregated Home Storage

East Bay Community Energy, which buys power for Alameda County in Northern California, approved a contract Wednesday night to pay Sunrun for 500 kilowatts of capacity from residential solar-plus-storage.

What most Americans are looking for in a new home: solar panels

What most Americans are looking for in a new home: solar panels

Late last year, California became the first state in the U.S. to introduce a policy requiring rooftop solar to be installed on all new homes. And it’s likely that the increased visibility of home solar installations might make people more amenable to supporting larger-scale policy shifts in favor of renewable energy.

California Assembly Passes $21B Wildfire Fund for Utilities

California Assembly Passes $21B Wildfire Fund for Utilities

California lawmakers and Gov. Gavin Newsom have successfully shepherded a $21 billion wildfire bill through the waning days of the 2019 legislative session, offering the state's big investor-owned utilities a lifeline against following Pacific Gas & Electric into bankruptcy if they’re hit with multibillion-dollar wildfire liabilities this year.

California, New Mexico Commercial, Industrial Companies Turn to On-Site Solar-plus-Storage for Energy Cost Savings, Reliability and Environmental Benefits

California, New Mexico Commercial, Industrial Companies Turn to On-Site Solar-plus-Storage for Energy Cost Savings, Reliability and Environmental Benefits

"The primary value proposition for most of these systems is utility bill savings by active demand-side electricity management, as well as potential time-of-use (TOU) energy arbitrage and the delivery of microgrid-based capabilities that provide grid outage protection in the form of off-grid, back-up power for critical operations and services— it's wholly economics based," Mansfield said in an interview.

Florida, the Sunshine State, Is Slow to Adopt Rooftop Solar Power

Florida, the Sunshine State, Is Slow to Adopt Rooftop Solar Power

But when it comes to the use of solar power, it trails 19 states, including not-so-sunny Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York and Maryland. California, a clean energy trendsetter, last year became the first state to require solar power for all new homes.

Canada joins California over Trump in standing up for better, cleaner cars

Canada joins California over Trump in standing up for better, cleaner cars

VICTORIA — Dan Woynillowicz, policy director at Clean Energy Canada, made the following statement in response to the federal government’s announcement that it will collaborate with California in developing vehicle emission regulations for cars, SUVs and pickup trucks as President Donald Trump aims to weaken them.“Amid high gas prices and increasingly visible climate change impacts, who wouldn’t want a cleaner, more fuel-efficient car or truck?

California Mandates Zero-Emission Buses at Its Largest Airports

California Mandates Zero-Emission Buses at Its Largest Airports

CARB found that in a head-to-head zero-emission versus compressed natural gas matchup for a Class 4 cutaway shuttle bus purchased in 2027, the ZEV model would save the owner $80,600 over the 12-year life of the vehicle, excluding incentives.

General Electric to scrap California power plant 20 years early

General Electric to scrap California power plant 20 years early

NEW YORK (Reuters) - General Electric Co said on Friday it plans to demolish a large power plant it owns in California this year after only one-third of its useful life because the plant is no longer economically viable in a state where wind and solar supply a growing share of inexpensive electricity.

Solar Energy Has Record Start to 2019

Solar Energy Has Record Start to 2019

Within the report, we see strength in residential and utility-scale solar projects -- but the biggest surprise comes on the state level. Florida was the #1 installer of solar in the first quarter, surpassing California and showing potential for a huge new market.

How California became far more energy-efficient than the rest of the country

How California became far more energy-efficient than the rest of the country

Trump’s EPA is going after California because of the state’s long and, to this administration, dangerous history of dragging the nation forward on clean energy and energy efficiency — precisely by using ambitious performance standards.

California’s Gas Plant Pipeline Dwindles as Calpine Drops Mission Rock Application

California’s Gas Plant Pipeline Dwindles as Calpine Drops Mission Rock Application

CEC regulators objected in 2017 to the siting of NRG’s Puente Power Plant on the shores of Oxnard, prompting utility Southern California Edison to replace the gas project with a portfolio of energy storage facilities that were announced last month.

Canada, B.C. and Vancouver all pledge to support cleaner trucks and buses

Canada, B.C. and Vancouver all pledge to support cleaner trucks and buses

The workshop—co-hosted by Clean Energy Canada, the City of Vancouver, and California-based CALSTART—is helping governments and industry identify the best path forward for adopting low- and zero-emission commercial vehicles like electric buses and hydrogen-powered trucks.