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How California Grid Operators Managed the Eclipse

Another consideration leading up to last week’s Great American Eclipse, how would the partial or total sun blockage affect rooftop solar customers? IEEE Spectrum Contact: Peter Fairly Western grid operators such as California’s have become adept at hitting the electricity supply curve balls that weather-dependent wind and solar power toss their way. Today’s eclipse was…

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California Retail Choice En Banc

Last month, the California Public Utilities Commission together with the California Energy Commission held an en banc hearing on the changing state of retail electric choice in California. In addition to presentations on community solar programs and California’s renewable energy portfolio standards, CPUC Staff presented its white paper, Consumer and Retail Choice, the Role of the…

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National Poll Finds American Homeowners Overwhelmingly Want Energy Choice

National poll reveals that 73 percent of Americans are open to receiving clean energy from a provider other than their utility. SolarCity Written by Molly Canales San Mateo, Calif. – Mar. 10, 2014 – Clean Edge, Inc. and SolarCity (Nasdaq: SCTY) today announced the results of an inaugural national poll of U.S. homeowners regarding clean-energy products and services. The poll…

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Despite Enron And California, Retail Electricity Reform Has Not Been Zapped

Forbes discusses the benefits of electricity choice and the states that have weathered the “storms,” and how such states are entering a new phase of electricity restructuring. Forbes Written by Ken Silverstein Most thought that electricity deregulation had been zapped after Enron’s failure and the California’s market collapse in 2001. It did sputter. But some states have…

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After Decades Of Doubt, Deregulation Delivers Lower Electricity Prices

Excerpts from the Forbes article on energy choice. Shopping for power can help empower consumers to select an energy plan that best suits their needs. Forbes Written by William Pentland More than two decades ago, federal and state governments began dismantling electric utilities’ monopoly on generating electric power. In the early aughts, deregulation suffered a…

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