California Drought affecting Hydroelectric Power Supplies; Electricity Rates Up

Drought affecting Hydroelectric Power Supplies; Electricity Rates Up

About 15% of California’s energy comes from hydroelectric power.  Or used to… as California’s historic drought progresses, skimpy snowpack above depleted reservoirs will lead to less hydroelectric power and higher electricity rates.  We’ll miss cheap Hydroelectric Power I met recently with managers at the Independent System Operator, which runs the California transmission grid.  They expectFinish Reading

What’s your Energy Analytics DNA?

What’s your Energy Analytics DNA?

If your growing business spent $100,000 on electricity last year, it’s likely you will pay your utility $10 million on electricity over the next 25 years.  It’s also likely that you can use Energy Analytics to save millions instead. It’s easy to get started with Energy Analytics by using existing data to measure what’s calledFinish Reading

Using Energy Analytics to reduce demand charges

Using Energy Analytics to reduce demand charges

In California, reduced hydro and nuclear energy supplies are driving up electricity rates.  Solar and other forms of distributed generation can help, but they cannot reliably reduce demand charges or the key driver: peak demand.  Energy storage technologies are promising but still expensive.  For most California businesses, Energy Analytics offers the most compelling means of reducing peak demand and energy expense. ProperlyFinish Reading

Farm Bill provides $881 million for on-farm energy

The House passed The Farm Bill on Wednesday:  it includes $881 million in funding to energy title programs including the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) program, which provides loan guarantees and grants for energy efficiency improvements, solar panels, anaerobic digesters, other forms of renewable generation.  Title IX specifies that $45 million be allocated annually to theFinish Reading

Departing CPUC Commissioner advocates for Solar and Net Metering

Mark J. Ferron announced that he will be stepping down from his role as a Commissioner at the California CPUC for personal health reasons.   His thoughtful and candid final statement is worthy reading for those concerned with California’s energy future.   I’ve extracted below the two excerpts best related to this blog, Solar and Net Metering: SupportFinish Reading

Diesel-Electric-Solar Conversion for California Irrigation

Diesel-Electric-Solar Conversion for California Irrigation

20 years ago groundwater was plentiful, diesel was $1/gallon, and nox simply meant “night” in Latin. Flash forward to 2013:  water tables are plummeting; diesel has inflated to $4/gal, and the California Air Resources Board is mandating continually lower NOx emissions.  No wonder growers are toggling between diesel and electric, or moving away from dieselFinish Reading

San Bernardino Solar Power HERO Financing

Solar power and energy efficiency improvements are about to get a whole lot easier to finance in San Bernardino County and the cities that comprise it. SANBAG (San Bernardino Association of Governments) has approved the HERO energy upgrade financing program for its constituents which will allow them to finance home solar and other energy efficiencyFinish Reading

Marin Clean Energy and Solar Part 2

Following up on my previous Marin Clean Energy blog topic, I did some delving into the PG&E side of the bill.  I have an example that will help us here from an actual MCE customer and solar power producer, let’s call him Customer A.  Let’s look at the MCE portion of the bill first forFinish Reading

Marin Solar and Marin Clean Energy

Leveraging Solar and Marin Clean Energy Who wouldn’t want to sell something at 37 and buy it back at 5?  Answer:  Everyone, regardless of whether we’re referring to dollars to cents. Here in Marin County, residents can do just that with a Solar System, Net Metering, and Marin Clean Energy.  The towns participating in theFinish Reading

Energy Saving Tips for Summer

Looking for some ways to save energy this summer? Here are some tips to help you keep control of your electric bill whether you already have solar or are considering installing solar on your home. Be cool about air conditioning – Set your air conditioner to 78 degrees or higher. Changing your A/C thermostat fromFinish Reading

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