CALIFORNIA NEWS: State and Local Government / CPUC Policies and Actions / CSS

In California, governments at all levels are taking actions to expand Solar Energy production. This section provides a summary of actions taken by the Governor’s Office, California Legislature, agencies such as the California Energy Commission (CEC), California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) and local governments. In this case, the local government initiatives may be originating at a town, city and/or county level. Community Supported Solar (CSS) projects and developments are included. The news selected for inclusion is based on expected long-term import and, in some cases, uniqueness. Numerous routine developments are not included.


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Solar Panels at Data Center to Save State Millions

The California Department of Technology and the Department of General Services are touting the energy efficiency and resulting savings from a solar canopy in the parking lot of the state’s main data center in Rancho Cordova. Read More →

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Should all houses in SLO switch to electric appliances? These experts think so

What would it be like to live in a home that uses all electric appliances? San Luis Obispo is considering new building policies that would require new housing to be all-electric. A panel of experts who spoke Thursday at an event hosted by the SLO Climate Coalition at the SLO library touched on questions around cost, safety and the ability of the grid to handle a transition from gas to electrically-powered homes. Read More →

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Opinion: An uncertain path to a cleaner future – Zero carbon electricity legislation in New York and California

Last month, New York passed the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act, which calls for a carbon free electricity market by 2040. With passage of this law, New York became the sixth state to pass legislation calling for a carbon free electricity market. Just one year earlier, California passed similar legislation, SB100, adopting a state policy to achieve a zero-carbon electricity market by 2045. Read More →

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Solar is coming to all new California homes. How many in Fresno already get power from sun?

More than 1 million California homes are already soaking up sunshine with solar panels to generate electricity. Next year, that number will surge as new building standards take effect requiring all new homes permitted after Jan. 1 to have solar photovoltaic systems.  Read More →

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As PG&E faces uncertainty, Sonoma Clean Power sees a bright future in green energy

The troubling saga of PG&E has been well chronicled along its path that led to a bankruptcy filing in January. Massive liabilities from wildfires caused by transmission lines. A push to increase already high energy prices to ratepayers. Public outrage over bonuses paid by executives during a period of turmoil. Yet during the same time, the fortunes of Santa Rosa-based Sonoma Clean Power could not be more different while much less heralded.  Read More →

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