Tag Archives: SDG&E

The World’s Largest Lithium Ion Energy Storage Facility

The ECOreport looks at news from Clifornia, unveiling the World’s Largest Lithium Ion Energy Storage Facility

By Roy L Hales

As their name suggests, San Diego Gas & Electric’s #1 energy source is natural gas. They obtained 54% of their electricity from gas burning plants in 2015. Yet they also operate in a state which intends to produce 33% of its’ electricity from renewables by 2020. SDG&E has already exceeded that target, using renewables like solar,  wind and hydro to provide 35% of their supply. Now, in compliance with California Public Utilities Comission (CPUC) guidelines, SDG&E unveiled the World’s largest lithium ion energy storage facility.

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Residential Customers Prefer Buying Solar Panels

The ECOreport publishes part 2 of a series from San Diego: Cash, 12-year-loans or PACE, residential customers prefer buying solar panels 

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By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1The days when close to 70% of California’s residential solar installations were leased may be over. Tara Kelly, chair of the San Diego chapter of CALSEIA, said now most residential customers prefer buying solar panels.

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NEM 2.0 Starts In San Diego

The ECOreport posts part 1 of a series from California, first city passed the 5% cap on rooftop solar, NEM 2.0 starts in San Diego.

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By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1California’s original rooftop solar program, Net Energy Metering 1.0 (NEM 1.0), continues in each utilities’s area until homeowners supply more than 5% of the peak load.  The first city just passed that threshold. NEM 2.0 starts in San Diego.

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San Onofre Scandal Now Includes Attorney General Kamala Harris

The ECOreport reposts an Op-ED Is it a conflict of interest?  San Onofre scandal now includes Attorney General Kamala Harris

By Charles Langley

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PMAccording to her Candidate Statement in the official State of
California Voter Guide, Kamala Harris says “I have always served
one client: The people of California,” but a growing chorus of media voices and legal scholars are now asking whether or not Harris is helping the government hide potential criminal acts that are have cost California citizens billions of dollars.

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Renewable Meter Adaptor Cuts Solar Installation Costs

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PMInstalling solar panels on San Diego’s existing homes used to involve a 4-6-week long process.  San Diego Gas & Electric’s (SDG&E) Renewable Meter Adaptor cuts solar installation costs by eliminating the need for costly panel upgrades.

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San Diego’s Solar Community Responds To SDG&E

The ECOreport looks into how the San Diego Solar Community responds to SDG&E’s appeal of the state’s decision to not change the Net Metering rate

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PMThere were about 150 of them, chanting “We will fight corporate greed.” “how do you spell corporate greed?: SDG&E” and “Solar Power is What We need.”  Some wore t-shirts boasting of affiliations to environmental groups like the Sierra Club or San Diego 350.org. Others were from local installers like Sullivan Solar Power, Stellar Solar, or SolarCity.  The  principal speaker was County Supervisor Dianne Jacob,  who has long championed rooftop solar. They were outside San Diego Gas & Electric’s corporate headquarters, in response to the utility’s appeal of the California Public Utilities Commission’s decision to leave the current Net Energy Metering (NEM) program in place. The San Diego Solar Community responds to SDG&E.

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America’s Most Ambitious Climate Plan

The ECOreport reposts a story that San Diego just adopted what may be America’s most ambitious climate plan

Originally Published on East County Magazine

By Miriam Raftery

December 16, 2015 (San Diego)—By a unanimous vote, the San Diego City Council on Tuesday enacted a plan to address climate change that may be the most ambitious in the nation. The plan sets a goal for the city to attain 100 percent of its energy from renewable resources by 2035, also reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 20 percent in 2020 and 50 percent by 2035.

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CPUC Rejected Net Metering Rate Increases

The ECOreport looks into the decision on California’s solar rates, CPUC rejected net metering rate increases

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1It has been two years since AB 327 brought the last conflict between California’s rooftop solar industry and the state utilities to an end.  California’s Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) was left to decide whether the utilities could impose demand charges, grid access charges, installed capacity fees, standby fees, or fees. A proposed ruling was made today. The CPUC rejected net metering rate increases.

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Supervisor Dianne Jacob Defends Rooftop Solar

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1Many hoped California’s net-metering war was ending two years ago, when Governor Jerry Brown signed Assembly Bill 327. The state’s Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) was given to the end of this year to create a new tariff that will kick in once the state’s big three investor owned utilities (PG&E, SCE and SDG&E) reach 5% nameplate generation capacity under net metering. With the deadline approaching,  the “big three” went on the offensive. One of the California Public Utilities Commission hearings was in San Diego, on Oct. 28, 2015. That was where County Supervisor Dianne Jacob Defends Rooftop Solar.

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How Will Arizona’s APS Case Impact California?

The hearings to update California’s net-metering policy are starting & should finish by the end of the year. How Will Arizona’s APS Case Impact California?

Originally Published on PVSolarReport

By Amy Forman

In California, as communities and cities face the threat of drastic changes to their solar policies, the specter of the recent APS rate case in Arizona haunts the upcoming proceedings. Some predict that the fact that the rate increase was even considered spells doom and gloom for California policies. Others forecast that the victory of the solar industry in Arizona foretells a similar victory in California.

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