California’s energy agencies have not yet agreed on a forecast of energy savings from the state’s many energy efficiency efforts that will reduce energy demand over the coming decade, even as a vote on the final California forecast fast approaches....continued→
Sierra Martinez, Legal Director, California Energy Projects, San Francisco
I grew up in Martinez, California, a place that engendered my interest in energy and the environment, as it embodies both: bordered by ample natural beauty: golden rolling hills, the Carquinez Strait, and Briones Regional Park, but also the location of prominent, large, oil refineries. I've carried this with me throughout my learning and career.I enjoy skiing, hiking, independent music, reading, and just hanging out with family and friends.
Posted April 22, 2013 by Sierra Martinez
This month, the publicly-owned utilities (POUs) in California committed to conducting independent annual evaluations to ensure that energy efficiency savings can be used to avoid power plants, and that efficiency programs continue to improve over time. This is an important...continued→
The California Public Utilities Commission authorized nearly 350 Megawatts of new and upgraded power plants in San Diego, a decision that was based on an incomplete analysis that excludes a significant portion of expected energy savings from efficiency upgrades. The...continued→
Although some naysayers question whether efficiency policies alter the amount of energy people actually use, there is no doubt that strong policies embracing this cheap and clean energy resource help keep the lights on and lead to major reductions in...continued→
Today, the California Public Utilities Commission adopted assumptions that fail to take advantage of energy efficiency’s full potential to displace the need for new fossil fuel resources. Omitting these energy savings could cost utility customers $1 to $2 billion in unnecessary...continued→
California’s largest utilities administered energy efficiency programs over the past two years that save customers more than $1.5 billion in the form of lower utility bills, avoid the need for two giant power plants, and remove over two million tons...continued→
To develop a sustainable and healthy economy, California policy requires utilities to rely on clean energy resources whenever it is cost-effective and before turning to the dirtier options. The Public Utilities Commission (PUC) just finalized its plans to implement this...continued→
Clean Energy Efficiency Continues To Displace Expensive Dirty Power Plants Some skeptics of energy efficiency claim that energy efficiency never really avoids the need for new power plants. They claim that energy efficiency might reduce our energy consumption in theory,...continued→
There are skeptics of energy efficiency who claim that, paradoxically, all the energy and money we have been saving due to energy efficiency, across all sectors of the economy, has actually caused us to increase our energy consumption. This “economy-wide...continued→
A new paper released by NRDC today describes how California restored its energy efficiency leadership by enacting smart policies over the last decade. These energy efficiency programs provide enormous economic and environmental benefits to the state. We released the paper at the...continued→
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