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TV and appliance standards, improved building codes, and utility programs are among some of the instruments California is using to increase energy efficiency and reduce energy use.
Date: 02/18/2010
Type: Article
California Public Utilities Commission released a proposal mandating 1.3 gigawatts of energy storage to support the state’s power grid by 2020.
Date: 09/04/2013
Type: Article
Technologies: Energy Storage, Utilities
Despite claims by Southern California Edison, Pacific Gas & Electric, San Diego Gas & Electric and Southern California Gas that they exceeded energy savings goals, the Public Utilities Commission said the utilities reached just 70% of those goals on average.
Date: 05/05/2010
Type: News
The California Public Utilities Commission on Thursday approved a five-year program where PG&E will install a number of mid-size solar photovoltaic arrays amounting to a total capacity of 500 megawatts.
Date: 04/23/2010
Type: News
Tags: CPUC, PG&E
California surpassed one gigawatt of solar power production last month. One gigawatt can meet the instantaneous demand of at least 750,000 California homes. This milestone shows how far California has come with solar power and how far it has to go.
Date: 09/11/2012
Type: Article
As the population of India continues to grow, the country faces challenges in trying to supply power to all its citizens. Utility companies and regulators will use smart meters to better understand electricity use and distribution in the country.
Date: 10/11/2012
Type: Article
Technologies: Smart Grid, Utilities
Alberta will serve as a test bed for large-scale carbon capture and sequestration.
Date: 05/09/2013
Type: Article
Technologies: Utilities
In an effort to save energy, major HVAC and thermostat companies have been turning to "smarter" thermostats -- wireless, connected thermostats that can often be set up online. These new smart thermostats are expected to be more user-friendly than earlier versions.
Date: 10/04/2012
Type: Article
Ceres recently released two new reports related to energy efficiency: The 21st Century Electric Utility - Positioning for a Low-Carbon Future, and Benchmarking Air Emissions of the 100 Largest Electric Power Producers in the United States.
Date: 07/14/2010
Type: Report
Technologies: Climate Change, Utilities
A silver wafer reflects the face of NREL research scientist Hao-Chih Yuan
A new breakthrough etching technique developed at the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory can put a trillion holes in a silicon wafer the size of a compact disc. This technology may lead to more efficient, lower-cost solar cells.
Date: 09/02/2010

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