California may beat its own renewable energy goals 10 years early

Renewable Energy Goals

Clean power is growing aggressively throughout the state California may be on track to achieve its renewable energy goals 10 years ahead of schedule. In 2015, the state outlined its plans to distance itself from fossil-fuels in order to cut emissions and become more environmentally friendly. The plan involved meeting this goal by 2030. By that time, the state intended to derive no less than 50% of its electricity from renewable sources. Only two years after the plan was first introduced, California is outpacing its own expectations. Report shows that…

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California and China agree to work together on renewable energy and clean technology

Renewable Energy Partnership

Governor Brown negotiates renewable energy deal between California and China California has signed a memorandum of understanding with China. Governor Jerry Brown met with Chinese representatives earlier this week and established a new partnership focused on renewable energy and clean technology. The partnership between California and China comes a week after the United States withdrew from the Paris Agreement in a controversial and heavily criticized move by President Donald Trump. California is among several states that have committed themselves to maintaining support of the Paris Agreement despite lack of federal…

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California sets a new renewable energy record

Renewable Energy Record - Wind and Solar

State derived 67.2% of its electricity from renewable energy sources California has reached a new major milestone in its journey to embrace renewable energy. Last month, the state generated 67.2% of its electrical power from renewable sources, beating its previous energy generation records. When the state’s hydropower capacity is accounted for, this figure reaches 80.7%. California has established itself as a leader in the renewable energy space, beating other states in terms of the adoption and expansion of renewable capacity. Solar power has become very popular in California Notably, solar…

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New legislation could boost solar energy and battery storage in California

Solar Energy - Legislation in California

California continues to set impressive solar energy records California has been setting many renewable energy records in recent months. In February, the state finally broke its all-time solar energy record, generating nearly 8,800 megawatts of electrical power on a single afternoon. The record was beaten the following week, with solar energy production surpassing 9,000 megawatts. Not even 24 hours after this new record was set, it was beaten again. There is no doubt that solar energy is on track to play a major role in the state’s future, but California…

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California seeks to ditch fossil-fuels in favor of renewable energy

Renwable Energry - California wants change

New legislation could require California to hit the 100% renewable energy mark by 2045 California’s lawmakers are looking to fast track the state’s plans to become completely reliant on renewable energy. New legislation has been introduced that, if successful, will require the state to derive no less than 100% of its electricity from renewable sources by 2045. California already has plans to reach the 50% renewable energy mark by 2030, but lawmakers believe that the state can accomplish a more ambitious goal, largely due to its growing clean power market.…

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New rule could secure development of new solar energy systems

Obama administration announces new rule that will allow clean energy projects to be developed on public land While Donald Trump may have been elected the next President of the United States, Barack Obama will hold this office until January of 2017. As his term as president comes to a close, Obama intends to secure a brighter future for solar energy. The Obama administration has introduced a new rule that is designed to boost the development of solar energy projects, as well as other clean power projects, in California. California continues…

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San Diego makes 100% renewable energy pledge

The Californian city is working to cut its greenhouse gas emission in half in 20 years. San Diego, California, the eighth largest city in the United States, has vowed to make the shift to 100% renewable energy by 2035; a move that will halve its greenhouse gas emissions. Although other major U.S. cities like San Francisco and New York have said that they intend to use more clean energy sources, San Diego is the largest municipality in America to fully commit to switching to entirely renewable power sources. The city…

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Waste to energy operation at California brewery receives “green” award

Brewery waste is converted into energy in the Golden State. Devil’s Canyon Brewery, a brewery located in San Carlos, California that runs a waste to energy operation, received the “Business of the Year” award, last month, for its sustainable business practices, from the San Carlos Chamber of Commerce and the City of San Carlos. The company converts brewery waste and other waste to power its operations. The Devil’s Canyon Brewery, which is linked to an anaerobic digestion system, was designed and built by Pure Energy Group (PEG), a renewable energy…

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50% of California’s power to come from renewable energy by 2030

Governor Jerry Brown highlights plan to increase renewable energy capacity California has plans to receive no less than 50% of its electrical power from its renewable energy sources by 2030. The ambitious plan was revealed by recently re-elected Governor Jerry Brown, whom outlined this endeavor during his fourth inaugural speech. The state has long been a leader in the renewable energy space, supporting the development of solar energy, wind power, and various other clean energy projects for years. The state has been growing more aggressive with its clean energy ambitions…

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California to focus on improving its infrastructure for renewable energy

State has a need to improve its energy grid California is beginning to take steps to create an intelligent energy grid. The state is home to one of the most active renewable energy markets in the world, but its energy grid is not capable of handling the electricity produced by clean energy systems. An ineffective infrastructure leads to a loss of electrical power, making renewable energy systems seem less efficient than they actually are. The California Public Utilities Commission has plans to stop this problem. State agency seeks to solve…

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Wind energy helps California fight back the drought

US energy systems consume as much as 62 trillion gallons of water every year The environmental benefits of renewable energy are often highlighted but putting them into context can be somewhat difficult. One of the often overlooked benefits of clean energy is the fact that it consumes very little water. Most of the world’s conventional energy systems are used to produce steam through the evaporation of massive amounts of water. In 2008, the United States’ conventional energy systems consumed as much as 62 trillion gallons of freshwater from the country’s…

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Renewable energy initiative to be re-authorized in California

Governor Brown to re-authorize California’s Self-Generation Incentive Program California Governor Jerry Brown is set to re-authorize the state’s Self-Generation Incentive Program. The program is meant to provide funding to the renewable energy and clean technology sectors, favoring wind power, energy storage, and hydrogen fuel cells. The initiative is expected to be authorized to issue some $83 million in funding every year through 2019, adding significant financial backing to the state’s evolving energy structure. This funding is also expected to boost the prevalence of fuel cells throughout California. Program aims to…

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California opens renewable energy financing program to homeowners

CaliforniaFIRST program has been made more accessible to homeowners throughout the state California’s property-assessed clean energy (PACE) loans may soon become available to the state’s homeowners again through the CaliforniaFIRST program. PACE financing is designed to promote the adoption of clean energy among homeowners and businesses by reducing the upfront costs associated with this adoption. Over the past three years, California’s PACE financing has been stalling because of conflicts with mortgage lenders. The CaliforniaFIRST program had, therefore, only been available to commercial property owners and multi-family housing units. Changes to…

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Renewable energy is becoming a national security issue in the US

US continues to deal with security issues that are related to energy Energy has long been a political matter in the U.S. As the country continues to rely on fossil-fuels from other countries, energy has also become a matter of national security. The Department of Defense believes that a heavier focus on renewable energy is necessary in order to avoid potential disasters in the future. This matter is beginning to attract more attention as recent analysis from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission suggests how easy it could be for malicious…

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Solar energy produces thrives even in the winter

Short days do not hamper solar production Winter days are short, but that does not mean they are bad in terms of solar energy. California has established itself as one of the leaders in solar power, but many believe that photovoltaic systems falls short during the winter, when sunlight is not as abundant as it is during other seasons. According to the California Independent System Operator, which manages the state’s energy grid, solar energy has not actually fallen short during the winter. In fact, solar power production has increased. 2,800MW…

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Renewable energy legislation signed into law in California

Renewable energy law signed by Governor Brown California’s Senate Bill 43 has been officially signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown. The legislation could be a major boon for renewable energy throughout the state as it is meant to make clean power more accessible to consumers. California has a long history of supporting renewable energy and sustainability, but the state has recently been making aggressive moves on the issue of clean power and emissions reduction in order to capitalize on the economic and environmental benefits that can be found in…

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