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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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Letters to the Editor: Those Sunny California Solar Numbers Miss a Lot

Regarding “The Phony Numbers Behind California’s Solar Mandate” (op-ed, Aug. 13): The economics of the solar mandate will be even worse than described in Steven Sexton’s devastating critique. As intermittent solar power becomes an increasingly large portion of the total electric power supply, there will need to be proportionately more intermittently idle capacity standing by for cloudy days. Read More →

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Opinion: The Phony Numbers Behind California’s Solar Mandate

California’s energy regulators effectively cooked the books to justify their recent command that all homes built in the Golden State after 2020 be equipped with solar panels. Far from a boon to homeowners, the costs to builders and home buyers will likely far exceed the benefits to the state. Read More →

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Community choice programs are not delivering on clean energy for California

Eighteen years ago, California was faced with rolling blackouts and a major energy crisis. It may not seem like it, Read More →

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California will require solar panels on all new homes. That’s not necessarily a good thing.

The California Energy Commission (CEC) recently voted 5-0 to add some new provisions to the state’s building code. Among them Read More →

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To Be a True Climate Leader, California Must Show the World How to Stop Using Fossil Fuels — Period

Renewable Energy World, April 10, 2018 California is a renowned global leader on climate and clean energy policy, but risks Read More →

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California keeps breaking solar records. How long before it’s a problem?

Less than 2 percent of U.S. electricity comes from the sun. But last week, on a cool Sunday afternoon when there Read More →

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How California Can Avoid Throwing Away Solar Energy

Why would anyone even consider shutting down as much as 80 percent of California’s giant solar power plants, which cost Read More →

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California Has Too Much Solar Power — And That’s a Good Thing

No business wants to create a solution in search of a problem, particularly in the slow-changing energy industry. Instead, businesses want to find solutions for problems that exist and create ways to make money off their solutions. Enter the exigent problem California is facing: it has too much solar energy. Read More →

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How California Blackouts Will Make Solar and Batteries A National Story

By Bill Roth, Triple Pundit

California again faces potential blackouts. This time it is tied to a natural gas storage facility called Aliso Canyon owned by Sempra Energy’s Southern California Gas. The site’s ability to deliver energy was crippled by a natural gas leak described as an ecological disaster comparable to the BP oil rig explosion. State officials worry that this key facility will not be able to deliver sufficient supplies to California’s natural gas generating plants during summer peak electricity demands. Read More →

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