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Big CA Utilities Winning Battle Over Solar Power

The California Public Utilities Commission probably will side with major utilities by reducing payments to owners of rooftop solar systems for their excess power. Read more here.
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California Proposes Reducing Incentives for Customer On-Site Solar

California regulators on December 13 proposed significant changes to the state’s solar incentive program. The new policy would reduce payments granted to solar customers for the excess power they generate and export out to the grid via “Net Energy Metering” and also add monthly charges...
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Three community choice aggregators (CCA) issue $2B in bonds to pay upfront for 450 MW of solar power over 30 years

Under the arrangement, for-profit energy providers will use bond funds to provide CCAs a discount on their electricity thanks to the difference in taxable and tax-exempt rates. https://www.utilitydive.com/news/california-nonprofits-issue-2-billion-in-bonds-to-buy-30-years-of-renewabl/611057/
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CPUC Attempts to Bolster Power Grid Against Potential Extreme Circumstances in 2022, 2023

CPUC instructs PG&E, SCE, SDG&E to collectively procure between 2 GW and 3 GW of additional demand and supply-side resources, expand existing demand response programs by doubling the compensation customers will receive for conserving energy when the grid is strained, and roll out a new...
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Webinar | Healthy Buildings to Facilitate Student Performance

Webinar | Healthy Buildings to Facilitate Student Performance Watch the recording at: https://go.rzero.com/MDU0LUlESi03NTAAAAGAymhOGYQXk9aMNLVJDQZbWS3HV_Siy9ZgXFYrtkWBoVose-jcbDFJFSTK0iV4oRuoYVL3XUY= View the slides presented: https://go.rzero.com/MDU0LUlESi03NTAAAAGAymhOGf9cfGt76JaGFIqCF6Yn6G31hZ9NEpUUxFvLTyKHWjoNF3vEVd0c71Zhr-Ca4CdHOQ4= Additional materials, “6 Things to Know About Indoor Air Quality” provided by R-Zero: https://go.rzero.com/MDU0LUlESi03NTAAAAGAymhOGddtLDcp11gdHmPYOoKx3JfAAfHTrZ0qSdaEeSk9Gxa5VCA4XwOAFRqdhzNBWppNEWk=
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Gov. Newsom issues Emergency Proclamation re Energy

On Jul 30, 2020, Governor Newsome issued a Proclamation of a State of Emergency. According to the Proclamation, “California currently faces an additional projected energy supply shortage of up to 3,500 megawatts during the afternoon-evening ‘net-peak’ period of high power demand on days when there...
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How to Protect your Organization from Ransomware Attacks

According to a recent CalMatters article, “Nearly 1,700 schools across the country were affected by ransomware attacks last year, according to New Zealand-based software company Emsisoft. In California, at least 26 schools have experienced a ransomware attack since 2019, often with harsh consequences: Sierra College...
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Gov. Newsom Suspends Enviro Regs on Power Generation During Grid Strain Events

Twice so far in 2021, Governor Newsom has suspended *all* environmental regulations on CA electricity generators for at least three days at a time. On each of June 17 and July 9, the Governor issued State of Emergency proclamations covering separate “Extreme Heat Events” lasting...
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