Energy Loop Blog

California has prioritized microgrids, but key issues need to be addressed

Historically, municipal and investor-owned utilities have primarily controlled electric services in the U.S. with consumers positioned at end points of complex, interconnected grid systems.

Electrification influences public transportation, car sharing and ride sharing

As a recent college graduate, I’ve noticed that most of my peers are moving to large cities, such as Boston, New York or San Francisco, where cars are not an integral part of daily life. In fact, many residents of these urban areas find that car ownership is more of a hassle than a convenience due to lack of parking availability and heavy traffic.

Renewable energy united with combined heat & power technologies

The U.S. renewable energy industry is focused on Hawaii as the island state takes a pivotal position in advancing clean generation technologies, serving as a test bed of what other states might do as the nation moves rapidly toward more sustainable energy technologies.

Our homes can produce more energy than they use

As our nation faces another summer season of hurricanes and wildfires it is clear to most that increasingly severe weather is caused by a warming climate. While many states are members of the U.S.

Increasing EV adoption in California’s lower-income communities

Lower-income residents living in California neighborhoods surrounded by freeways and highways are disproportionately impacted by air pollution spewed by the millions of gasoline-powered cars and diesel cargo trucks on the road.

Demand response programs keep service reliable and offer rewards
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.
Residential standards set stage for broader solar adoption nationwide

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.

How much time are commuters delayed in traffic?

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?

How does San Diego compare to other regions?

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.

Choices by electricity providers affect consumers and the environment

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.

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