Boulder after a snowfall - Eddyl photo, courtesy Wikipedia

BOULDER AND THE SPREAD OF COMMUNITY CHOICE UTILITIES

Boulder Colorado’s election results are being heralded as yet another “solar victory,” in a string that stretches back to the Louisiana and Idaho Public Utilities Commissions decisions earlier this year. The relevant questions on the ballot, however, pertain to Boulder’s attempt to join more than 1,300 American communities that have formed their own utility. Question 310 would More Info »

A Mallard pair at Mühlthal, Straßlach-Dingharting, Germany. The Mallard is the archetypal "wild duck" and probably the best-known of all ducks, is a dabbling duck which breeds throughout the temperate areas of Europe, Asia, and North America; it is also introduced in New Zealand and Australia. - Richard Bartz photo, courtesy Wikipedia

RENEWABLES BIRD PROBLEM

It’s not what you think. Meet the Duck Chart. In the lively conversation about how to integrate variable renewables such as wind and solar into our electric grid’s generation mix, an unlikely player has entered the fray: a duck. It’s not literally a duck, mind you, but rather a mallard-esque graph—now famously known as the More Info »

THE PROTEST OUTSIDE SEMPRA ENERGY

PUBLIC UTILITIES & THE NECESSITY FOR CHANGE

On page 4 of an Edison Electric Institute (EEI) booklet called Disruptive Challenges: Financial Implications and Strategic Responses to a Changing Retail, “Distributed Energy Resources” (the best known source of which is Rooftop solar) is identified as “the largest near-term threat to the utility model.” Though the impact of this “disruptive technology” is still small, More Info »

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AUTO POLLUTION KILLS MORE PEOPLE THAN AUTO COLLISIONS DO, RESEARCH SAYS

Automobile pollution kills more people than automobile collisions do. That’s the rather blunt way of wording the recent findings of a study on the subject done by researchers at MIT. To word it another way — a notably greater number of annual premature deaths in the US can be attributed to automobile pollution than can More Info »

he Edmund G. "Pat" Brown State Office Building, San Francisco. The primary tenant of this building is the California Public Utilities Commission. Photographed by user Coolcaesar on August 31, 2006.

CALIFORNIA’S NEW ENERGY STORAGE INITIATIVE

After two and half years of debate, the California Public Utilities Commission (PUC) has finalized a decision that the state’s investor-owned utilities must  begin buying a combined 200 megawatts of energy storage technology by 2014 and reaching 1.3 gigawatts (1,325 megawatts) by the end of 2020. All 5 CPUC Commissioners approved the landmark decision. In More Info »

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DOES A DECADE MAKE A DIFFERENCE? THE DEBATE TO BRING ENERGY DEREGULATION BACK TO CALIFORNIA

It’s been more than a decade since California deregulated the energy industry, but a recent settlement with a major Canadian power company has just been reached to refund $750 million dollars to California residents who were drastically overcharged during the energy , notes the Los Angeles Times. What started as an attempt to bring in More Info »

San Diego #20 in Energy Efficiency

SAN DIEGO RANKS #20, IN SURVEY OF US ENERGY EFFICIENT CITIES

San Diego ranks #20 in a  report from the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, with an overall score of 38.25. The top five cities were Boston (76.76), Portland (70), San Francisco (69.75), New York (69.75), and Seattle (65.25). The report compared what America’s 34 largest cities are doing to save energy and costs in five More Info »