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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.

Report offers roadmap for ordinances banning polystyrene service ware

We’ve all seen it, whether out surfing, taking a walk on the beach or strolling by a storm drain after it rains – litter composed of food service containers made of polystyrene, more commonly but incorrectly known as Styrofoam™.

Preparing to meet long-term GHG reduction goals

Carbon-free electricity is an essential part of efforts to achieve deep reductions in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. However, regulators tend not to face head-on the need to phase out the use of fossil fuel power production. In fact, the U.S.

Employers and their employees are embracing electric vehicle (EV) charging

Employers who incorporate electric vehicle (EV) charging into their sustainability planning will not only provide a valuable benefit to employees, they can help boost workplace pride and accelerate the market growth of EVs.

Understanding supply-side factors in scaling up solar markets in the residential sector

In a study with colleagues from the University of Oxford and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Center for Sustainable Energy (CSE) research analysts took a look at the market dynamics of third-party owned residential solar energy systems by investigating the effects of installer competition on prices.

CSE’s clean transportation team offers planning considerations for automaker’s distribution of funds through the Environmental Mitigation Trust and Electrify America to promote electric vehicles and deploy charging infrastructure

As part of Volkswagen’s $14.7 billion federal settlement for the use of illegal smog check defeat devices in its 2009-15 diesel cars, the Center for Sustainable Energy (CSE) offers planning recommendations for states to consider when deciding how to allocate their portion of the funding based on recommendations submitted to the California Air Resources Board (CARB) during the recent public comm

Long-term cost savings and readily available rebates add to value

In hotels, condos, apartments and dormitories, each shower, load of laundry and sink full of dishes adds to the property’s utility bills. Heating water is one of the highest operating costs for multitenant property owners.

Clean, renewable energy is California’s future

As an SDG&E customer and clean energy advocate, I was dismayed to read of the recent decision by the First District Court of Appeals to remove a key legal hurdle to building the Carlsbad Energy Center — a $2.2 billion dollar, 558-megawatt gas-fired power pla

Industries and jobs related to climate action targets primed to grow

It’s been a year since the city of San Diego approved its climate action plan (CAP) with the aim to create a cleaner, greener San Diego now and for years to come by eliminating half of the city’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and generating all of its electricity from renewable sources by 2035.

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