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23 07, 2019

California’s Quantum Leap in Building Standards

By |2019-09-16T14:30:44-07:00July 23rd, 2019|Categories: California, Renewable Energy Policy|Tags: , , , , , , |Comments Off on California’s Quantum Leap in Building Standards

California’s Quantum Leap in Building Standards Last May, the California Energy Commission (CEC) announced a ground-breaking update to the state’s building energy efficiency standards. Starting January 1, 2020, all new buildings in California must have solar. The standards (according to Title 24, Part 6, Building Energy Efficiency Standards) also contain a number of energy efficiency [...]

23 07, 2019

Q and A With President and Founder, Ray Darby

By |2019-07-31T10:31:42-07:00July 23rd, 2019|Categories: California, Energy Efficiency, Renewable Energy Policy|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Q and A With President and Founder, Ray Darby

Q and A With Ray This Q & A pertains to California's Quantum Leap in Building Standards. The questions answered here come from inquiries into concepts, technologies and standard specific rhetoric found in our article on California's rooftop solar mandate. What are heat pump water heaters? A heat pump water heater is an electric household water [...]

13 03, 2019

CCAs and California’s Changing Electric Energy Landscape

By |2019-06-26T16:46:22-07:00March 13th, 2019|Categories: Renewable Energy Policy|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on CCAs and California’s Changing Electric Energy Landscape

Many Californians are concerned about rising electricity costs given limited choices in an underserved energy marketplace. Over 60% of California residents are served by only three of the state’s six investor-owned utilities (IOUs). [1] In the service areas of the three largest IOUs (Pacific Gas & Electric, Southern California Edison, and San Diego Gas & [...]

16 01, 2019

The Time for Time-of-Use has Arrived!

By |2019-06-12T13:55:13-07:00January 16th, 2019|Categories: California, Renewable Energy Policy|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on The Time for Time-of-Use has Arrived!

When everyone is using power at the same time, it is very expensive to produce that power. Investor-owned utilities pass this expense onto ratepayers in the form of Time-of-Use (TOU) rate schedules. Mandated by the California Public Utilities Commission, TOU rates encourage consumers to change their behavior to save both energy and money, which translates [...]

13 01, 2019

CA Net Metering Policy Is Up for Re-Evaluation in 2019

By |2019-06-12T13:42:41-07:00January 13th, 2019|Categories: Renewable Energy Policy|Tags: , , , , , |Comments Off on CA Net Metering Policy Is Up for Re-Evaluation in 2019

This potential change in Net Energy Metering in 2019 could significantly impact the value of renewable energy on the grid for future solar customers.