Energy Loop Blog

Helping Calif. cities save water & energy to meet climate action plans

You know how many miles per gallon you can drive in your car, and you can read the ingredient labels on your food, but I’ll bet that you don’t know how much energy and water are being consumed in the buildings where you work, live, shop and recreate.

Sharing successes & challenges to sustainable energy solutions

This year is shaping up to be pivotal in California’s energy sector. New leadership in the legislature and at the California Public Utilities Commission along with Governor Jerry Brown’s ambitious goals for clean energy present a tremendous opportunity to build on existing state policy and achievements.

Building a framework to meet everyone’s energy needs

We live in very exciting times! As new solar energy technologies and policies develop, they are making solar cost‑competitive with fossil fuels. Local governments in communities and counties across the U.S. can play an important role in helping enable more residents and businesses transition to solar energy sources. It’s a win-win for consumers, the environment and the economy.

Securing a safe, healthy & sustainable future

We Homo sapiens have always had to adapt to climate, geology and geography. However, in the 20th century, through our burning of fossil fuels — coal, oil and gas — and mass deforestation, which increases atmospheric carbon dioxide levels, we are causing the atmosphere to warm and the climate to change.

Relationship between political leanings and motivations for solar and system sizing

CSE recently conducted research to find out if political ideology helps determine people’s motivations for adopting solar photovoltaics (PV) systems and, if so, whether these characteristics play a role in determining the size of installed systems.

Lack of information & complicated utility rates create barriers for savings

People who buy or lease an electric vehicle (EV) mainly do so to save money on fuel costs. Unfortunately, the majority of California EV owners don’t achieve the greatest savings, which may hamper increased EV adoption.

Balancing government, industry and consumer needs

California has gained significant positive results with sustainable energy incentive programs with record numbers of consumers going solar and driving more electric vehicles. Some of what CSE has learned in helping to drive such clean energy initiatives can help local government agencies to shape successful clean energy programs throughout California and across the country.

California is charging ahead with legislation and incentives

As California continues procuring more energy from solar photovoltaic (PV) systems, energy storage is increasingly seen as a critical element to help achieve the reality of sourcing 33% of the state’s energy and beyond from renewables. It’s a technology that is now scaled to meet the needs of medium and small businesses and provides several significant benefits.

California continues to lead the transportation transition

We’re pleased this year’s California legislative session produced major activity across the transportation spectrum. It closed in September with a flurry of bills that advance cleaner, greener transportation, giving us hope that we can expect equally significant efforts in the 2015 legislative session.

Need to get sound energy advice, be targeted and plan long-term

While some school districts successfully secured Proposition 39 (California Clean Energy Jobs Act) funds for sustainable energy projects during the current solicitation period, the majority of California schools are struggling to identify resources to help them through the application process.

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