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Lobby4Good workshop provides pieces of the puzzle for creating change

What do you care about? Maybe it’s social justice issues, the environment, homelessness or any of the other myriad worthy causes out there. Although we all are concerned about such issues, talk about them, post about them – how do we really make a difference? How do we create systemic change?

How we got here and what you need to know to join the conversation about where we go next

Two years ago, San Diego took the national spotlight for its commitment to source 100% renewable energy by 2035. The city is now poised to make decisions that chart the path towards this bold goal.

Takes into account new rules for net energy metering and time-of-use rate changes

Thinking about adding a solar photovoltaic (PV) system to your home? It can be a great investment — for your pocketbook and the planet. But before installing your panels, it’s important to understand some recent changes in utility billing.

Strategic alliances help achieve our mission and grow the clean energy marketplace

Accomplishing our mission — accelerating the transition to a sustainable world powered by clean energyis something we take seriously at CSE. But we know we cannot fulfill the task alone. That is why partnerships are so important to what we do and how we affect the future.

Steps to help fleet managers fully realize cost and operational benefits

When public fleets turn to electric vehicles (EVs) to reduce emissions and curb costs, they face new challenges to monitoring vehicle use that require special attention.

Customers and the grid can benefit from distributed energy storage systems

In 2010, California became the first state to mandate energy storage procurement with targets for each major investor-owned utility with the objective of reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, cutting peak electric demand, deferring or substituting for investments in generation or grid assets and improving overall grid reliability.

States tackle grid integration of widespread solar and wind generation

The impressive nationwide growth in the adoption of renewable distributed energy resources (DERs) provides technical challenges for utilities long accustomed to pushing power out from remote locations toward load centers in urban areas. When adoption was low, grid operators could largely ignore the existence of distributed renewables.

Initiatives represent a step in a positive direction for the rail sector

Two notable transportation electrification (TE) initiatives in California should be on people’s radar. First, the Bay Area Rapid Transit District (BART) is beginning to implement policies that increase its use of renewable energy.

Changes in utility time-of-use rates for homeowners creates urgency for new policies

When it comes to solar electric power, California has a good thing going – perhaps too good. Too much clean, affordable, abundant energy? It’s true because high levels of solar production from utility-scale facilities and widely distributed rooftop installations occur during daytime hours when demand may not be at its peak and grid-supplied electricity is plentiful.

Earth Day past and present has a message for us all

What does Earth Day mean to you? Planting a tree or joining in a neighborhood cleanup? While many of us participate in Earth Day celebrations, we may not understand its historical ties to the environmental movement and its role in cultivating public demand for environmental issues.

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