Laura Wisland

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About the author: Laura Wisland is a senior energy analyst and an expert on California renewable energy policies. She holds a master’s degree in public policy. See Laura's full bio.

California’s Clean Energy Legislation Will Also Help Reduce Oil Consumption

Much has been written about the controversial petroleum reduction target taken out of Senate Bill 350, but news coverage overlooked what California gained through the legislation passed this September. Thanks to new standards approved by the Legislature, California will generate half of its electricity from renewable sources and double the energy efficiency of buildings in the next 15 years—critical strategies for reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Read More

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California Commits to a 50% Renewable Energy Standard and Doubling Energy Efficiency

Last night, California doubled down on its clean energy leadership by passing Senate Bill 350 (De León-Leno)—the Clean Energy and Pollution Reduction Act—a requirement to source 50 percent of retail electricity sales from renewables by 2030 and double it’s energy efficiency savings in the same time frame. The bill is now headed to the Governor’s desk. Read More

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California Can Reach 50% Renewable Energy: New UCS Analysis Shows Pathways and Solutions

This summer, Californians have not been able to ignore the evidence of climate change affecting our lives. Historic drought and searing temperatures have turned the Golden State into a tinderbox, escalating wildfires and placing serious strain on the state’s agricultural economy. Read More

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Tesla Surges Ahead on Energy Storage

It’s been an exciting week for clean energy in California, with strong action by the governor on carbon pollution and a bold announcement expected on energy storage that will accelerate our clean energy transition. Read More

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Making Room for Renewables: Grid Integration Solutions for California’s Clean Energy Future

I’ve blogged many times about the clean energy policies California has in place that have made it a leader. The state is well on its way to supplying 33 percent of its electricity from renewable sources by 2020 and now, in a visionary step to dramatically reduce global warming emissions, is considering ways to increase that amount to 50 percent by 2030. Read More

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Solar Jobs Continue to Grow in 2014

The Solar Foundation just released their 2014 National Solar Jobs Census, which contains data on current solar jobs, trends, and growth in the industry. The bottom line: solar is creating jobs in this country at a faster rate than many industries, surpassing the number of jobs created by the coal industry, and beating expectations for growth year after year. Read More

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California Governor Signals New Commitment to Renewable Energy: 50% Renewables by 2030

Yesterday Jerry Brown accepted the job of governor of California for a fourth term and made some exciting remarks about the state’s clean energy future. Read More

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Solar Power Soars to New Heights in California

Solar power in California continues to blaze ahead with record-setting developments and utilities ahead of schedule in meeting their targets for procuring renewable sources of electricity. So what’s next for renewable energy in the Golden State? Read More

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Renewable Energy in California Deserts: New Plan to Guide Smart and Sustainable Development

A draft of the long-awaited Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan (DRECP) will be released any day now. The DRECP is intended to provide a landscape-level assessment of the most appropriate and inappropriate places to build large-scale renewable energy projects in the California portions of the Mojave and Colorado deserts to minimize impacts on wildlife habitats and desert ecosystems. By identifying the most suitable locations for renewable energy projects, the DRECP will bring more efficiency and certainty to the project permitting process and help us meet our clean energy goals. Read More

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How Many Homes Have Rooftop Solar? The Number is Growing…

Remember when the most likely place to glimpse solar in action was the little strip attached to a pocket calculator? Well, fortunately solar photovoltaic (PV) technologies have come a long way, and now it’s common to see PV panels on residential and commercial rooftops around the country. This dramatic rise in residential solar PV installations is depicted below in UCS’s new solar infographic. From 2006 to 2013, the number of homes with solar grew by more than 1,000 percent.
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