Entries by Eric Sustaita

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Renewable energy to outpace coal for first time ever in US

Phil Dzikiy – Apr. 30th 2019 10:54 am ET (https://electrek.co) “Electrek’s Take – While the first chart in this article shows renewables and coal continuing to dance with each other over the next few years, so to speak, renewables are mostly on top. The IEEFA notes “renewable generation is catching up to coal, and faster […]

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Solar Homes Sold for 4.1% More Than Others in Past Year

By Kelsey Misbrener | April 16, 2019 Customers have asked many times about how much solar will increase their property value. In a recent article by Kelsey Misbrener from Solar Power World, we find out that Zillow did an analysis on homes sold with solar and found positive results! “A new Zillow analysis shows homes with solar energy […]

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PG&E’s future rests on board picks, CPUC president says

By: Gavin Blade Date: March 29, 2019 “PG&E’s future rests on board picks, CPUC president says…Picker said he is concerned PG&E may select board members more concerned with financial performance than correcting a safety record that’s seen the utility’s equipment ignite multiple deadly wildfires in recent years.” Read More…

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California Lawmakers Grapple With Risks and Uncertainties of PG&E’s Bankruptcy

By: JEFF ST. JOHN MARCH 11, 2019 Photo Credit: Shutterstock.com “Pacific Gas & Electric’s bankruptcy has become California’s most pressing policy crisis, forcing Gov. Gavin Newsom, state lawmakers, utility regulators and other key energy stakeholders to consider radical alternatives for the state’s largest utility in the face of its multibillion-dollar wildfire liabilities.” Read more… 

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CA – SB 288 The Solar Bill of Rights

Feb 22nd 2019 Bernadette Del Chiaro, Executive Director CalSSA This bipartisan bill would: Protect the right of all California consumers – homeowners, renters, farmers, schools, etc. – to generate, store and shape their own energy onsite without threat of undue influence or discriminatory behavior of local utilities; Remove barriers to local solar and storage, and […]

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My turn: Here’s how rooftop solar can combat wildfires

Guest Commentary | Feb. 13, 2019 | CLIMATE CHANGE, COMMENTARY, ENVIRONMENT, MY TURN, WILDFIRE ” Local solar power paired with batteries can provide reliable energy and keep electricity running for communities in need, particularly at times when a power line needs to be turned off for safety reasons. This technology might also reduce the chances of electric sparks on overhead lines, which […]

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Rules utility violated its felony probation

By Matthias Gafni | mgafni@bayareanewsgroup.com and John Woolfolk | jwoolfolk@bayareanewsgroup.com | Bay Area News Group “The finding sets the stage for the judge to add additional and costly terms to Pacific Gas & Electric’s criminal probation for the deadly pipeline blast — requirements such as inspections and tree trimming the utility says could cost billions […]