Important Update: Changes to Solar Net Energy Metering (NEM) Rules

If is considering commencing any solar energy projects in the next two years, please review this status report regarding impending revisions to net energy metering (NEM) rules. Executive Summary: Anyone planning new solar should strongly consider submitting interconnection applications prior to November 2021, to secure 20 years of grandfathering under current NEM rules that are more solar-friendly than the rules to...

The Texas Power Crisis

A recent article regarding the February 2021 Texas electricity crisis of makes some interesting points about Texas that are pertinent to California. The article is “The Texas Power Crisis, New Home Construction, and Electric Heating,” 2/22/2021, by Lucas Davis, a Professor at the Haas School of Business, UC Berkeley, https://energyathaas.wordpress.com/2021/02/22/the-texas-power-crisis-new-home-construction-and-electric-heating/ Professor Davis points out that Texas has massively increased new home...

Demand Response – Is it for you? (SPURR DR Series Follow Up)

Demand Response plays a vital role in supporting cleaner and more reliable electricity across California as our grid evolves. It also represents both savings and revenue opportunities for facilities that can participate. We hope you learned something from our email series that highlighted the main benefits and common misconceptions involving Demand Response.Still wondering whether it’s for you? Take our survey below or...

School Districts Investigate “Community Wi-Fi” to Improve Access

School districts and cities are laying down the fiber cable and installing Wi-Fi access points, complete with modems and routers on light poles and traffic lights. Some are even becoming internet service providers themselves (ISP) — efforts, they say, that will make it easier to provide internet access to those who can’t afford it. Learn more: California schools build local...

Wildfires led to PG&E bankruptcy and increased rates. Should customers of other utilities be worried?

In early 2019, PG&E filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy after fires caused by its powerlines burned hundreds of thousands of acres in Northern California and led to more than 100 deaths. It paid out $25.5 billion to resolve its fire-related liabilities, and expects to spend $11.7 billion on strategies to mitigate wildfire risk. And now, PG&E’s equipment is once again...

Demand Response – It’s Not Hard! (SPURR DR Series 2 of 3)

Say goodbye to manual response and extra work. We enable flexible and practical ways to automate Demand Response while still being in control. Automated Demand Response is an easy way to increase energy and cost savings by automating the energy controls of your choice, no matter what industry sector you’re inIf you are interested in learning more about how can benefit from available utility...

Want to Make Energy-Efficient Improvements, but Need Help Financing?

Improving energy efficiency is a goal for virtually all public agencies in California — but many of those same agencies also view installing energy efficient equipment as cost-prohibitive. Want to make energy-efficient improvements, but need help financing? You may qualify for On-Bill Financing Program (OBF) programs, which are offered to most California electricity customers by their local utility and are funded...

Demand Response – Someone Else Will Pay For It! (SPURR DR Series 1 of 3)

Did you know that in many cases you can have Automated Demand Response technology installed at your facilities at no cost to you? If you qualify, you could be set up and ready to enjoy an additional revenue stream for before next summer. For the time being, California utilities are still offering lucrative incentives to cover the cost of installing ADR...

SPURR Winning Solar Vendor Signs Agreements with City of Fresno

The City of Fresno has signed agreements with ForeFront Power, a California-based solar and energy storage developer, to implement renewable energy projects across the city. The city selected ForeFront Power for the projects based on the selection of ForeFront as the winning vendor in SPURR’s Renewable Energy Aggregated Procurement (REAP) Program. The City used the REAP Program to save time and money...