News and Insights

Follow our News and Insights page for relevant industry updates including what's happening in sustainable utility technology and practical advice for California public agencies manging the transition to sustainable technology.

Why are Solar PPA Prices Creeping Upward?

Why are solar PPA prices creeping upward? It’s complicated, experts say. Prices for solar PPAs in North America rose 2.6% during the first quarter of 2021 compared to the prior quarter, according to data from LevelTen Energy’s PPA marketplace. But the rise wasn’t part of...
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Who Will Pay for Legacy Natural Gas Utility Costs?

UC Berkeley economics and energy researchers studied the growing “electrify everything” movement, which aims to transition utility customers from natural gas toward electricity. As regulated monopolies, natural gas utility distribution companies recover fixed costs by spreading fees across their customer base. Researchers found that utilities...
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Record High Wildfire Threats Force Cal. to Pick When & Where to Fight Utilities

Record wildfire threats like winds, drought, and heat take the wildfire fight much farther that utilities, forcing California to pick when and where to fight utilities. Since 2017, California has had 13 of its 20 most destructive fires , seven of its 20 deadliest fires , average temperature is...
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Rapid ‘Energy Efficiency as a Service’ Growth Belies Financing & Difficulties

According to panelists at the US Department of Energy’s Better Buildings summit, energy service providers offering off-balance sheet efficiency products have seen rapid growth in the number of deals signed each year. A 2017 market report by Navigant estimated Energy Efficiency as a Service could...
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California’s dilemma: How to control skyrocketing electric rates while building the grid of the future

New ideas include income-based rates, publicly-funded infrastructure, utility entrepreneurship, and customer-funded wildfire insurance. California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) President Marybel Batjer says the state will not let skyrocketing electricity rates threaten reliability or the state’s policy goals. But affordability is a growing concern as California...
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Demand Response for Everyone

As you know, Demand Response plays a vital role in supporting cleaner and more reliable electricity across California as our grid evolves. Previously, schools with backup generators were not eligible to enroll these assets in Demand Response. However, with recent updates, we believe that the...
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March Public Workshop by CPUC on PG&E and SDG&E Preventive Power Shutoffs

The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) will host a public workshop on the operations and performance of Pacific Gas & Electric, San Diego Gas & Electric and another utility company during 2020 preventive power shutoffs, also known as Public Safety Power Shutoffs (PSPS). At this...
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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...
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