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The synergy between electric vehicles and renewables plus storage is emerging

by Jeff McMahon, Forbes If energy and transportation planners stop seeing their sectors as separate markets for batteries—a World Resources Institute researcher argued last week—there will be more than enough energy storage to go around. “An electric vehicle, because of the battery, is really both a mobility asset and an energy asset,” said Camron Gorguinpour, […]

Community microgrids are safe, reliable, clean, smart, and distributed.

Opinion: Microgrids could prevent need for planned power outages

Our aging and unstable electrical system must be replaced now, not decades from now This piece was originally published in the Mercury News opinion section on October 25, 2019. (Subscription required.) The dramatic increase in the size and severity of California’s wildfires in recent years is just one example of the devastating effects of climate […]

We aim to put solar on every roof

By Geoffrey Smith, Solar Energy Program Coordinator Solar Sonoma County (SSC), a program of The Climate Center, has the information you need to go solar now. This fall we held our first Solar House Party. It went very well. On a recent Saturday morning in Santa Rosa’s Junior College neighborhood, our party host welcomed friends […]

Community Choice Energy is a powerful rapidly spreading movement

As 2016 draws to a close, Community Choice Energy has spread to 26 out of 58 counties and over 300 cities in California as either operational, on track for launch of service, or at some stage of evaluation. Community Choice Energy has clearly become a powerful and rapidly spreading movement. The Climate Center began advocating […]

Electric vehicle ownership just got even better

Sonoma Clean Power has recently launched a new, $2.5 million venture to help people buy electric vehicles and install at-home charging stations.  The measure will target the largest source of pollution in Sonoma County, tailpipe emissions. Starting October 27 and through January 5, Sonoma Clean Power will offer its customers $2,500 discounts — on a first-come, first-served […]

The Power of Shakespeare in the Cannery

Pray, what does Shakespeare have to do with protecting the climate? For the past two years, my daughter and I have been delighted and moved by high-quality outdoor local productions of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet and Twelfth Night in Santa Rosa’s Historic Railroad Square’s Cannery. This summer, Shakespeare in the Cannery presents the 2016 season with Macbeth from July […]

California Number One in Grid Modernization

By Woody Hastings, CCP  |  February 10, 2016 California ranks number one in terms of modernizing its electrical grid for the 21st century according to a new study by the GridWise Alliance in collaboration with Clean Edge. The study also finds that the number of smart meters capable of two-way communication surpassed that of old-fashioned […]

Energy Storage: The Next Stage in Clean Energy!

by Emily Ruby, CCP intern   |   Nov. 11, 2015 [Map of energy storage project locations. Source: U.S. Department of Energy Global Energy Storage Database.] With the debut of Tesla’s Powerwall in May of this year, home-owners have begun to consider energy storage for residential use. For a flat price of $3,000, customers can […]

Supercapacitors: What and Why?

By Riley Yaylian Renewable electricity generation technologies like wind and solar, both of which are still in the early stages of commercial development, are growing rapidly. Both of these technologies, however, are intermittent in nature and cannot provide steady power without some form of energy storage. The storage technology that most folks are familiar with […]

Profile: Geof Syphers, Chief Executive Officer of Sonoma Clean Power

By Bill Skoonberg (Guest blog contribution to The Climate Center) Ever wonder what you can do to address the climate crisis? The folks at the Center for Climate Protection have been working on that question since their founding in 2001. In 2005, they identified Community Choice energy as the single most powerful tool available to […]