Topic: News

Utility Companies’ Role In School Bus Electrification

Following the EPA’s issuance of $900 million in rebates for school bus electrification, utility providers are stepping up to the plate to help school districts make the transition.  “Not only are electric school buses more widely available than they’ve ever been,” UtilityDive states, “but as...
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SPURR June 2024 Member Meeting Slide Presentation

The slide deck presented at SPURR’s June 24, 2024 Member Meeting is available for viewing or download here.
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Biden Administration Announces 50% Hike in Tariffs on Solar Cells from China 

President Biden recently announced new tariffs on goods imported from China. The levies include a major tariff increase on solar cells, the vast majority of which are manufactured in China. As previously reported by SPURR, 2023 saw multiple factors constraining American solar energy initiatives. This...
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SB 1374: An Introduction to California’s Newest Energy Bill Affecting Schools

After new regulations rattled California’s school districts, who have long struggled to procure and afford renewable energy, a new bill has emerged to bridge the gaps. SB 1374 was recently introduced by Menlo Park Democratic Senator Josh Becker, and according to a CalMatters opinion piece,...
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2024 PG&E Rate Hikes affect 16M+ Customers

PG&E recently published their rate increases effective January 1, 2024. According to news site KSBW, rates will increase at an average of over $32 per month for roughly 16 million customers across California. The increased funds, reports KSBW, will help “bury 2,100 miles (3,380 kilometers)...
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City of Fresno breaks ground on large solar project procured through SPURR

On Oct 23, 2023, the City of Fresno broke ground on a large solar power project procured through SPURR’s Renewable Energy Aggregated Procurement (REAP) Program. You can see local TV news reports here and here. The detailed press release issued by the City of Fresno...
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3 Factors Causing Price Increases for Solar PPA Deals in 2023

According to LevelTen, the current cost of solar PPA deals has increased 8.2% in Q4 2022, up from Q3, climbing to an average of US$45.66/MWh. In the first quarter of 2023, PPA costs climbed higher– a 6.6% increase.  A recent report by LevelTen sought to...
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California Makes Waves in Green Energy with Passage of Senate Bill 605 – Wave and Tidal Energy

California Senate Bill 605 – Wave and Tidal Energy (SB 605) has been unanimously approved across policy committees and intends to introduce a new and sustainable source of energy into California’s expansive green energy playing field. Wave and Tidal energy utilizes the natural push-and-pull of...
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Net Energy Metering 2-Update

On December 15, 2022 the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) approved new rules that will significantly reduce economic value for customers implementing new onsite solar projects in the service territories of PG&E, SoCal Edison, and SDG&E.  The decision was controversial, dividing vocal critics and supporters...
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