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What Has Fracking Got To Do With San Diego?

By | Thursday, December 12, 2013|, |

What is the potential impact? Alarming as the map above appears, there probably are not any immediate plans to frack the waters off San Diego’s coast. Shell abandoned its Point Loma “core hole” in 1967 and aborted plans to drill similar holes off the coast of Encinitas and La Jolla in 1970. There are also [...]

Cuts To The Renewable Fuel Standard Would Hurt San Diego’s Biofuel Industry

By | Thursday, November 28, 2013|, , |

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposes to reduce renewable fuel standard (RFS) by almost 3 billion gallons in 2014. In their press release, the EPA explained that this was a response to a drop in gasoline consumption which meant that there was also a glut of ethanol (the “E10 blend wall”), but less than half [...]

SYNERGY’S COMMITMENT TO EXCELLENCE BRINGS GOLD (X3) IN DALLAS

By | Thursday, November 21, 2013|, |

For the second consecutive year, Synergy Corporate Housing has received three Gold Supplier Excellence Awards at the Cartus Global Network Conference recently held in Dallas, Texas. Denise D’Mello, Director of Global Solutions & Susan Becker, Director of Business Development, with the awards Synergy won at the Global Network Conference Oct 21-23 “We are [...]

BOULDER AND THE SPREAD OF COMMUNITY CHOICE UTILITIES

By | Thursday, November 21, 2013|, |

Boulder Colorado’s election results are being heralded as yet another “solar victory,” in a string that stretches back to the Louisiana and Idaho Public Utilities Commissions decisions earlier this year. The relevant questions on the ballot, however, pertain to Boulder’s attempt to join more than 1,300 American communities that have formed their own utility. Question 310 would [...]

EHC SUES OVER MISLEADING INFORMATION USED FOR PETITION

By | Thursday, November 14, 2013|, |

The EnvironmentalHealth Coalition (EHC) has filed a lawsuit against the Port of San Diego Ship Repair Association for intentionally misrepresenting facts to illegally collect signatures for its industry-funded referendum to repeal the Barrio Logan Community Plan Update. City clerk Elizabeth Maland and county registrar Michael Vu are also being sued, for to not validate the signatures obtained under false pretenses. EHC will also [...]

ARIZONA CORPORATION COMMISSION IMPOSES “COMPROMISE” SOLAR FEE

By | Thursday, November 14, 2013|, |

They started gathering outside of the Arizona Corporation Commission (ACC) building, in Phoenix, at 6 am, on Wednesday morning. There were reputedly close to 1,000 and by noon 107 had testified to the Commission. Some wore the green shirts that marked them out as employees of SolarCity, America’s leading rooftop solar company. Others were connected to [...]

ARE ARIZONA RATEPAYERS PAYING +9 MILLION FOR ATTACK ADS?

By | Wednesday, November 6, 2013|, |

Shouldn’t they be asked first?  What does EEI have to do with this?  In the wake of a widening misinformation scandal in Arizona, the Alliance for Solar Choice (TASC) is calling on utility trade organization Edison Electric Institute (EEI), “... to disavow APS' underhanded behavior and state whether or not they have also used dark [...]

PUBLIC UTILITIES & THE NECESSITY FOR CHANGE

By | Saturday, October 26, 2013|, |

On page 4 of an Edison Electric Institute (EEI) booklet called Disruptive Challenges: Financial Implications and Strategic Responses to a Changing Retail, “Distributed Energy Resources” (the best known source of which is Rooftop solar) is identified as “the largest near-term threat to the utility model.” Though the impact of this “disruptive technology” is still small, [...]

DAY ONE: CPUC EVIDENTIARY HEARINGS ON SAN ONOFRE

By | Tuesday, October 22, 2013|, |

(Image above: from when the hearings went live on Oct 22, 2013) Two last-minute motions were heard in the Evidentiary Hearings about the Nuclear Decommissioning Trust Funds for San Onofre yesterday. Judge Melanie Darling made it clear that she does not like last-minute motions, “they disrupt the process and the hearing preparation of all the [...]