As summer heat sweeps into California, it not only raises temperatures, but also demand on the state’s electricity grid as air conditioners and refrigeration systems are turned on and run longer.
The California Energy Commission’s recent decision to require rooftop solar photovoltaic (PV) systems on most new homes has engendered praise from some quarters and criticism from others.
A major concern for San Diegans is traffic. No one likes to sit in their car stalled on the freeway. It takes away from being with friends and family, causes unneeded stress and can even affect our health. After all, didn’t many of us move to San Diego so that we didn’t have to drive in L.A. or Orange counties?
The average San Diegan disposes of 5.5 pounds of trash per day, which does not include what goes into the recycle or green waste bin. How does that compare to other regions? San Diego continues to dispose of more waste per capita than the state average at 4.9 pounds of trash per person per day and more than other major urban California counties, including Los Angeles.
California legislation requires utilities and other retail electricity providers to disclose sources of the power supplied in their service areas. These fuel content laws were enacted to verify the claims of various retail providers about the mix of their power sources and to help consumers determine the potential environmental impacts of choosing one service over another.
Although California far exceeds all other states in solar electric capacity, it’s falling short in efforts to support community solar programs that can make accessing solar more equitable and allow distributed solar systems to better support the electricity grid.
Energy efficiency is personal. This is especially true for home improvement projects that require significant investments of time, effort and money, such as adding insulation or replacing an old HVAC system.
Eastside Sol, a festive annual celebration of community and sustainability in Boyle Heights is a harmonious affair that always leads to fun and a treasured community gathering in Northeast Los Angeles (NELA).
After more than 70 fleet audits, transportation experts at the Center for Sustainable Energy (CSE) have identified the most successful electric vehicle fleets in the nation. These fleets put more mileage on electric vehicles on average, therefore achieving some of the greatest emission reductions per dollar spent by fleet operators in the country.
Although some recent work by the Union of Concerned Scientists and the Consumer’s Union shows encouraging signs about electric vehicle (EV) awareness generally in California, roughly 75 percent of those surveyed did not know the state offers significant rebates for electric cars and 80