Laura Wisland

Senior analyst, Clean Energy

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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.

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Diablo Canyon Nuclear Plant to Close in California, Replaced by Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency

Today Pacific Gas and Electric announced that it will close Diablo Canyon, the last remaining nuclear plant in California, when its current operating license expires in 2025. The news itself is big. But in my opinion, even more exciting is PG&E’s pledge to backfill all of that generation with clean energy resources: energy efficiency and renewables. Read more >

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What Solar + Energy Storage Can Do For Tenants and Owners of Affordable Housing

A solar photovoltaic (PV) system and battery storage together can result in significant savings over solar-only installations Read more >

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California’s Complicated Relationship with Natural Gas

Two-thirds of U.S. states may be at risk of relying too heavily on natural gas to meet electricity demand, according to a new analysis from the Union of Concerned Scientists. Why, might you ask, is California, a national and global leader in the move to clean energy, included in that mix of at-risk states? Read more >

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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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