Energy Loop Blog

Today’s 120th Boston Marathon is the culmination of months, and in some cases, years of dedication to training and a commitment by thousands of athletes to complete what is arguably the ultimate goal in the running world.

Creating opportunities for solar’s growth in your town

The popularity of residential solar power systems continues with steady growth nationwide as people looking to take control of their electricity costs turn to renewable energy. However, for local municipalities, the sheer volume of installations can pose problems at building department permitting offices.

Natural gas can't play a long-term role in our carbon-constrained future

With the exception of a few bumps and starts, the nation’s history with natural gas use has been to consume as much as we can, as quickly as possible.

Understanding the “cost-effectiveness” of a clean energy future

Contributor: Sumeeta Ghai


Originally published in the San Diego Business Journal, Feb. 1, 2016.

Will the transition for net energy metering be smooth or rocky?

California regulators’ proposed net metering decision is not about protecting the status quo – it’s a plan to transition to innovative payment mechanisms. The question is whether this transition will be smooth or rocky.

Delivering renewable energy technologies is a better long-term strategy

The current proposal to allow coal exports to China and other parts of Asia through Oakland port facilities represents fundamentally poor policy masquerading as an economic strategy for job creation. In fact, it is a step profoundly in the wrong direction for California and the nation in terms of sustainable economic and environmental initiatives.

Initial study shows third-party owned solar resale impacts are minimal

“Leased solar panels can complicate — or kill — a home sale,” a headline in the Los Angeles Times warned on March 22, 2015, and went on to cast a long shadow over third-party owned (TPO) residential photovoltaic (PV) solar energy systems.

CSE partners with the Sacramento River Cats

Sacramento River Cats fans will welcome a new addition to the Raley Field stadium when they show up for opening day in spring 2016: 472 solar photovoltaic modules producing an anticipated 247,000 kilowatt-hours of clean electricity each year. That’s equivalent to the annual power consumption of 23 American homes.

Best practices offer lessons for nation to achieve energy savings & goals

There’s no big surprise in Massachusetts earning the top spot for a fifth consecutive year in the State Energy Efficiency Scorecard issued by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE).

Simple, scalable solutions that work for consumers and communities

California is rethinking how we incentivize consumers to manage their energy use.

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