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What Put California at the Top of Residential Solar?

California leads the nation in residential solar photovoltaic installations.  In fact, nearly half of all systems installed have been in the Golden State. So why is California the leader?  Sure, California has plenty of sunshine, but there are many other … Continue reading

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What’s so Great about Fixed Charges?

There’s a lot of talk in California these days about imposing fixed monthly charges on residential electricity bills.  The large investor-owned utilities in California have small or no fixed charges,[1] instead collecting all of their revenue from households through usage-based … Continue reading

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Peak electricity pricing can save you money

Here in California, summer weather is quickly approaching and once again parts of the state are facing potential electricity shortages. This year the biggest concern is in Southern California due primarily to the continued outage at the San Onofre Nuclear … Continue reading

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Measuring the Economic Costs of Electricity Outages

There’s nothing like a power outage to make you appreciate just how much you depend on reliable electricity. According to the latest numbers from the Energy Information Administration, as of Saturday, nearly 2.5 million people in Sandy’s path were still … Continue reading

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Is Residential Solar Sticking it to the Man (your utility)?

The renewable energy industry has many cultural roots. One branch that pops up in a recent NY Times Magazine article on the Solar Industry is that of the energy rebel sticking it to the man (e.g. your utility). Imagine a world in … Continue reading

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Nuclear Operations Front and Center in Duke-Progress Merger Spectacle

Nuclear plant operations aren’t usually at the center of boardroom drama, but that’s precisely what’s happening in the latest controversy over the Duke-Progress merger. Duke Energy, after a year-and-a-half convincing regulators that it would be a good idea, merged with … Continue reading

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