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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Lessons Learned from the Climate Disaster at Aliso Canyon

On October 23, 2015, Southern California Gas Company employees discovered a massive natural gas leak at the Aliso Canyon storage facility, located 30 miles northwest of downtown Los Angeles. The leak was the largest human-caused release of methane in U.S. history. What did we learn? Read more >

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Little Island Takes Big Solar Step

Saint Lucia, a small Caribbean island, has taken steps to turn some of its famous sunshine into clean electricity. The island currently depends on diesel generators for power, but made a commitment last year to generate 35 percent of its electricity from renewable sources by 2020. Read more >

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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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