Can California Double Efficiency of Existing Buildings?

Can California double the efficiency of existing buildings? Lauren Faber, West Coast political director for the Environmental Defense Fund, describes California's new package of bills aimed at fighting climate change, including an effort to double the energy efficiency of existing buildings. … [Read more...]

Energy Efficiency, Nuclear, and California's Future: An Interview with the Energy Commission Chairman Robert Weisenmiller

Before its retirement in 2012, the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS) represented about 16 percent of the local electricity generation supply covering an average of 1.4 million homes serviced by Southern California Edison, San Diego Gas & Electric and the City of Riverside in southern California. The plant was especially important … [Read more...]

CPUC Proposes to Replace Power from San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station with Energy Efficiency and Mix of Other Resources

The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) is proposing a strategy to replace the electricity generated by the retired San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS) with a mix of resources, including energy efficiency. The replacement strategy is a critical issue for communities within the greater Los Angeles region and in San Diego because … [Read more...]

California Energy Agencies Adopt Historic Agreement On Energy Efficiency: Saves Customers From Paying For Unnecessary, Polluting Power Plants

California made significant progress last week toward relying on clean energy efficiency to avoid the need for new power plants and grid infrastructure. For the first time, the California Energy Commission (CEC) fully relies on energy efficiency in its forecast of the state’s energy needs over the coming decade, which it developed in concert with … [Read more...]

California Energy Efficiency and Energy Storage Proposals: Bold Moves But Will They Take?

California has on the table two bold new proposals to boost energy efficiency and energy storage. Which is more likely to see swift and non-controversial adoption? The storage proposal mandates that California utilities bring to the grid a whopping 1.3 gigawatts (GW) of energy storage by the end of the decade. Earlier in the month, the California … [Read more...]