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Fall 2012

 

CPUC Report Outlines Energy Efficiency Success

The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) said that the groundbreaking energy efficiency programs approved by the CPUC resulted in savings of 5,900 gigawatt-hours of electricity in 2010-2011 based on utility reported savings estimates, enough to power more than 600,000 households for a year and the equivalent of two major power plants. read more...

Coalition Of Cities Intervenes In Utility Street Light Case

Street lights are a highly visible municipal service that can enhance—or demean—the municipal image. In the Southern California Edison (“Edison”) utility service area, Edison owns the majority of the street lights, leaving local governments with little control over street light costs and upkeep. read more...

Small Cities Climate Action Partnership

Since 2008, Strategic Energy Innovations (SEI) has been leveraging diverse funding sources from local to utility to federal to build an innovative partnership between small cities in Alameda and Contra Costa Counties that want to take action to address climate change in their communities, but lack the resources to do so. read more...

Energy Report: U.S. Wind Industry Surges In 2011

The Energy Department released a new report on August 14 highlighting strong growth in the U.S. wind energy market in 2011. According to the 2011 Wind Technologies Market Report, the United States remained one of the world’s largest and fastest growing wind markets in 2011. read more...

Riverside And Imperial County Land Pre-Approved For Solar Development

Riverside County and Imperial County are the locations of vast acreage that the Department of the Interior wants to use for a streamlined plan to create solar energy zones. In the state of California, a combined 153,627 acres in the aforementioned counties have been approved for the development of large-scale solar projects. read more...

Solar Energy Resource Guide, 9th Edition Available

The 9th edition of the Solar Energy Resource Guide (SERG) is out! It’s an 80-page primer aimed at people new to solar, seasoned professionals, jobseekers, and homeowners and renters who want help determining how solar works best for them. read more...

Siting Renewable Energy On Potentially Contaminated Land And Mine Sites

EPA is encouraging renewable energy development on current and formerly contaminated land and mine sites when it is aligned with the community’s vision for the site. This initiative identifies the renewable energy potential of these sites and provides other useful resources for communities, developers, industry, state and local governments or anyone interested in reusing these sites for renewable energy development. read more...

Upcoming Events

The following list of upcoming events may be of interested to you. read more...