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Wine Country fires: Could a better power grid save us?

October 24, 2017 | SJ Mercury News

California’s outdated power poles and lines need upgrading, say critics California’s first power pole was erected in the 1880s, soon after Thomas Edison’s light bulb. Now we have 4.2 million of them, carrying a spider web of fickle and fire-triggering lines that hang in drooping catenaries for 210,000 miles — enough to wrap around the world eight times.

With downed power lines now under scrutiny as the suspected source of the devastating Wine Country fires, many experts say the country’s electrical grid is due for a costly overhaul, making it safer and more reliable in our increasingly digital world.

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Puente gas plant should not be approved, California energy committee says

October 6, 2017 | Industry Dive/utilitydive.com

California regulators and lawmakers alike are targeting gas-fired peaking plants for scrutiny, recommending carbon-free alternatives instead.

In the past month, the California Public Utilities Commission rejected upgrades to the Ellwood gas peaking plant in Southern California, and state lawmakers passed a bill — SB 338 — that would mandate utilities develop alternatives to gas generation for meeting peak demand in their integrated resource plans.

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25th Anniversary

25 years of “Greening the Grid”

On May 4th, 2016, friends, family and guests gathered to commemorate the official 25th Anniversary celebration of the founding of CEERT. Read John Shahabian’s (Director of Operations) recap of this special event. GO ANNIVERSARY PAGE

 

a closer look

V. John White talks about planning for California’s renewable energy renaissance. Stimulus projects are beginning construction; they will bring jobs into California and help to jump start the economy of high-unemployment desert areas. CEERT is bringing people together to plan for natural conservation, renewables generation, and transmission for clean power.

Hal Harvey from Energy Innovation

Hal Harvey, CEO of Energy Innovation: Policy and Technology LLC, recently visited a CEERT gathering. Here are some highlights recapping his very informative presentation to us.VIEW MORE videos »

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