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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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CPUC hearing re high natural gas prices during winter 2022/23

The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) will hold an online hearing to discuss high natural gas prices this winter. According to the CPUC’s published notice, the hearing will examine the causes and impacts of recent high natural gas prices in California, including: The hearing will...
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The Unexpected Costs of Fossil Fuel Opposition

According to a recent article published by UC Berkeley’s Energy Institute at the Haas Business School, opposition to fossil fuel projects creates many costs that may suprise activists in favor of renewables. As noted in the article – “Many policies leave us with hidden high...
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School district finds eliminating natural gas from new buildings is complicated

An Oregon school district promised to eliminate natural gas from new buildings. No more gas stoves or boilers. But making good on that commitment is proving complicated. Read the interview by NPR’s Katia Riddle here.
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Biden grants PG&E $1.1 billion to keep Diablo Canyon nuclear plant open

The Biden administration on Monday said it’s providing Pacific Gas & Electric Co. with a $1.1 billion grant to help the company prevent the closure of Diablo Canyon, California’s last nuclear power plant. Diablo Canyon was originally scheduled to be decommissioned in two phases in...
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