New York is spending $1 billion to help residents conserve energy — and lower their bills

by Angely Mercado, Grist  Highlights As people shelter-in-place due to the ongoing pandemic, utility bills are rising as the summer heat intensifies  The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority and the state’s investor-owned utilities are working to provide clean and energy-efficient solutions to more than 350,000 low-to-moderate income households  These services would include … Read more

Wind, solar to dominate new power plants in 2020

Rooftop PV installation on the Forest County Potawatomi Tribe administration building

Highlights: As of January 1, 2020, new houses in California are required to install rooftop solar. “One utility, Sacramento Municipal Utility District, has asked regulators to approve a plan that says builders in its territory can comply with the solar mandate by subscribing to the utility’s community solar programs instead of putting solar on every … Read more

A New Day for Energy Efficiency

By Chris Cone, Negawatt Market Project  |  September 30, 2015 When it comes to lowering greenhouse gas emissions, nothing beats energy efficiency. Compared to generating energy (including with renewables), efficiency costs less and delivers more climate protection per dollar invested. Energy efficiency is currently undergoing a paradigm shift. New developments in data sharing/analysis protocols mean … Read more

The Sun is Rising on a New Day for Solar in Sonoma County

by Geoffrey D. Smith The recent ‘marriage’ of Solar Sonoma County (SSC) with The Climate Center (CCP) is, well, a match made in heaven. SSC has been responsible for a significant increase in installations of photovoltaic (PV) solar throughout the region. SSC has advocated on behalf of hundreds of homeowners and businesses by connecting them … Read more