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Are Some Californians Paying Too Much to Charge their Plug-in Vehicles?

A recent survey of electric vehicle (EV) owners shows that a significant number of Californians may be leaving hundreds of dollars a year in fuel-cost savings on the table. The survey by the California Center for Sustainable Energy suggests that more than a third of EV owners in some utility territories may not be on the utility rate plan that would save them the most money. Read More

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California Charts a Course for Clean Air: Can We Get There from Here?

Imagine that 8 out of 10 cars on California roads release no tailpipe emissions, that the telltale exhaust plumes of soot from ships sailing into our ports are no longer visible, and that freight trains run on electricity. These are a few examples of what California air quality regulators, including the Air Resources Board and the air districts of the San Joaquin Valley and South Coast regions, envision in the recently released Vision for Clean Air. Read More

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California Gives a Boost to Electric Vehicles, Approves $27 Million in Consumer Rebates

Seeing an electric vehicle driving down the street isn’t really a novelty anymore, at least not in the San Francisco Bay Area. I no longer do a double take whenever I spot a Chevy Volt or a Nissan LEAF. Granted, there are far more gas-powered vehicles on the road, but it’s clear that electric vehicles have finally hit the streets. And more and more automakers are offering electric variants for consumers to choose from. Read More

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Solar for You and Me (Not Just the 1%)

Last week, the California Public Utilities Commission released a report tracking the progress of the California Solar Initiative. This program, more commonly known as the “CSI,” offers customers of the three largest investor-owned utilities in California—Pacific Gas and Electric, Southern California Edison, and San Diego Gas and Electric—incentives to install solar panels on rooftops. The CSI is the largest solar program in the country and aims to install 1,940 megawatts (MW) of solar generation capacity by the end of 2016. Read More

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More Solar Roofs in California

Last week’s decision by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) to expand the number of electricity ratepayers who can receive financial credit for producing surplus energy from their rooftop solar panels was a victory for consumers, for the solar industry and for the future of renewable energy. Read More

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Charging an Electric Car in California? Save Money with the Right Rate Plan.

Californians will soon have a few more electric vehicle options to choose from. Ford has started shipping the electric Focus to dealers in California, New York and New Jersey this week. And California EV maker Tesla announced last week that its Model S will soon roll off the assembly line, earlier than previously announced.  For those who snag an early Model S, a Focus Electric, or any other plug-in EV, charging up at home will impact their electricity bill. And for EV drivers who live in California, choosing the right electricity rate plan can mean the difference of up to $1,000 a year in fuel-cost savings. Read More

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Imperial Valley Gets Some Sun

This week, the Imperial County Board of Supervisors gave the green light to a series of large-scale solar PV projects, totaling 600 MW of generation capacity, to be constructed in the Imperial Valley of California. Read More

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Clean Energy Prices (Not the Sky) Falling in California

The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) released a report this week on the costs of California’s progress in generating more electricity from renewable power, and there was good news. Read More

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California On Track to Meet Clean Energy Requirements

With the enactment of a 33 percent renewable energy standard firmly in place, the question in California seems to be not whether we can reach this level, but when? Read More

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California’s Governor Brown Calls for 12,000 Megawatts of Clean, Local Electricity by 2020

In late July, I joined about 250 clean energy stakeholders on the UCLA campus to discuss Governor Jerry Brown’s goal to install 12,000 megawatts (MW) of clean and locally-sited renewable energy projects in California by 2020. This concept – installing more green energy in areas that will create new green jobs close to where people live (and use electricity) – is part of Governor Brown’s Clean Energy Jobs Plan. Read More

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