Tuesday brought good news for California in terms of meeting a 2020 goal of getting a third of the state's electricity from renewable sources like solar and wind.
One of the major reasons California is a leader in solar energy is its initiatives aimed at encouraging homeowners to install solar panels. Under the state's flagship program, the California Solar Initiative (CSI), solar rebates are made available to qualified home and business owners looking to install solar.
San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) in southern California will begin a program in which the utility company will provide another 100 megawatts (MW) of photovoltaic (PV) solar electricity to its customers.
The midnight hour is fast approaching for the three major California utilities. According to state law, Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E), Southern California Edison (SCE) and San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) are by 2010 supposed to meet 20 percent of their retail electricity sales using renewable resources, like solar, wind and geothermal. It's increasingly clear this ai'nt gonna happen.
The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) last week issued its annual assessment of the California Solar Initiative, a $2.2 billion effort to install 1,940 megawatts (MW) of solar capacity across the state by 2016. On balance, the commission's findings are positive:
San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) and the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) made a clear statement yesterday: as far as California goes, the electric vehicle (EV) is the future of the automotive industry. And in order to prepare for that not so distant future, the CPUC has approved a roughly two-year pilot project for SDG&E to conduct a pricing study on residential rates for plug-in EV charging.