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PG&E Offers ENERGY STAR Product Rebates (Ind. Report)
PG&E, ENERGY STAR
Date: 2020-11-02
In the Golden State, San Francisco-based Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) reports its continued to partnership with the US EPA ENERGY STAR program and others to promote the benefits of energy efficiency. ENERGY STAR is a voluntary program to help consumers cut energy consumption, save money and shrink their carbon footprint. ENERGY STAR serves as a guide for customers shopping for appliances and looking for potential rebates, such as PG&E's, that help offset the cost of qualifying ENERGY STAR appliances.

For example, PG&E customers that sign up for the utility's time-of-use rate plan and purchase a qualifying ENERGY STAR smart thermostat may be eligible for a $120 rebate through the end of the year. The amount of the smart thermostat rebate recently increased from $50. The purchase of a smart thermostat combined with a time-of-use rate plan can reduce costs by shifting heating or cooling needs to low energy demand times when energy demand and rates are lower, and the amount of renewable energy is higher. By way of illustration, PG&E notes the following ENERGY STAR product specific savings:

  • LED light bulbs -- ENERGY STAR certified lighting uses up to 90 pct less energy than incandescent bulbs, lasts 15 times longer and saves more than $50 in electricity bills over their lifetime. By replacing the five most frequently used light fixtures or bulbs in a home with ENERGY STAR models, customers can save nearly $45 per year.

  • Washing machines and dryers -- Save more than $370 over the lifetime of an ENERGY STAR certified clothes washer and even more with an ENERGY STAR washer/dryer pair. Clothes washers that have earned the ENERGY STAR rating use 25 pct less energy and approximately 33 pct less water than standard models.

  • Water heaters -- Water heaters account for 12 pct of residential energy consumption, costing a household of four up to $630 every year in energy costs. An ENERGY STAR certified electric water heater (known as Heat Pump Water Heaters) uses less than half the energy of a standard model. PG&E offers a $300 rebate for qualifying products.

    PG&E notes if every clothes washer, clothes dryer, dishwasher and refrigerator purchased in the U.S. this year were ENERGY STAR models, the equivalent of the greenhouse gas emissions from 450,000 cars would be avoided, and consumers would save more than $615 million in annual energy costs. (Source: PG&E, PR 2 Nov., 2020) Contact: PG&E, Aaron August, VP Business Development & Customer Engagement, www.pge.com; ENERGY STAR, www.energystar.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News PG&E,  Energy Efficiency,  Energy Efficiency Rebate,  ENERGY STAR,  


  • PG&E, Tesla Calif. BESS Project Underway (Ind. Report)
    PG&E, Tesla
    Date: 2020-08-05
    In the Golden State, Pacific Gas and Electric Co. (PG&E) and Tesla are reporting construction is underway on a massive lithium-ion battery storage system (BESS) at PG&E's electric substation in Moss Landing in Monterey County, Calif. Upon completion, the facility will be one of the largest utility-owned, lithium-ion energy storage systems in the world.

    The system will incorporate 256 Tesla Megapack battery units on 33 concrete slabs. Transformers and switch gears will be installed along with the Megapacks to connect energy stored in the batteries with the 115-kilovolt electric transmission system.

    When fully operational in Q2, 2021, the BESS will have the capacity to store and dispatch up to 730 MWh of energy to the electrical grid at a maximum rate of 182.5 MW for up to four hours during high demand periods . (Source: PG&E, Tesla, Aug., 2020) Contact: PG&E, www.pg&e.com; Tesla Powerwall, www.tesla.com/en_CA/powerwall

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Pacific Gas & Electric,  Tesla,  Energy Storage,  


    PG&E, Tesla Calif. BESS Project Underway (Ind. Report)
    Pacific Gas and Electric, Tesla
    Date: 2020-08-03
    In the Golden State, Pacific Gas and Electric Co. (PG&E) and Tesla are reporting construction is underway on a massive lithium-ion battery storage system (BESS) at PG&E’s electric substation in Moss Landing in Monterey County, Calif. Once operational, the Moss Landing substation will be one of the largest utility-owned, lithium-ion energy storage systems in the world.

    The system will incorporate 256 Tesla Megapack battery units on 33 concrete slabs. Transformers and switch gears will be installed along with the Megapacks to connect energy stored in the batteries with the 115-kilovolt electric transmission system.

    When fully operational in Q2, 2021, the BESS will have the capacity to store and dispatch up to 730 MWh of energy to the electrical grid at a maximum rate of 182.5 MW for up to four hours during high demand periods . (Source: PG&E, Tesla, Aug., 2020)Contact: PG&E, www.pge.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Pacific Gas & Electric,  Tesla,  Battery Energy Storage,  


    Greenlane Claims Biogas Upgrading Supply Contracts (Ind. Report)
    Greenlane Renewables
    Date: 2020-07-01
    British Columbia-based Greenlane Renewables reports its wholly-owned subsidiary, Greenlane Biogas North America, has inked $20.6 million (Cdn) in new supply contracts using Greenlane's Pressure Swing Adsorption biogas upgrading system.

    At $17.1 million (Cdn), the first contract is for the supply of biogas upgrading and related equipment to an as yet unidentified multi-location dairy farm cluster in California. Greenlane's systems will create clean renewable natural gas (RNG) for injection into the local gas distribution network, owned and operated by Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E).

    The second contract, worth $3.5 million , is part of the same cluster but is subject to final financing approval. Greenlane confirmed the name of the purchaser is being withheld at this time. (Source: Greenlane Renewables, Website PR, July, 2020) Contact: Greenlane Renewables, Brad Douville, Pres., CEO, (604) 259-0343, brad.dauville@greenlanerenewables.com, www.greenlanebiogas.com, www.greenlanerenewables.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Greenlane Renewables,  RNG,  Biogas,  


    New Tech Converts CO2 to Renewable Natural Gas (New Prod. & Tech.)
    Southern California Gas Co., Pacific Gas and Electric , Opus 12
    Date: 2020-06-24
    Southern California Gas Co., Pacific Gas and Electric Co. and clean-tech startup Opus 12 are reporting further advancement of a new electrochemical technology that converts the CO2 content in raw biogas to pipeline-quality renewable natural gas (RNG). Opus 12's proprietary Polymer Electrolyte Membrane electrolyzer uses electricity to convert water and CO2 into renewable natural gas in one step.

    While current biogas-upgrading technology removes the CO2 from biogas, this new technology captures the CO2 and converts it into additional renewable fuel. The new demonstration shows that improved catalyst activity could speed reactions by five times and nearly double conversion efficiency, making the technology commercially competitive with other new biogas upgrading methods, according to the release.

    The 12-month R&D effort was funded by SoCalGas and PG&E, and builds on an initial 2018 feasibility study. (Source: PG&E, Market Screener, 22 June, 2020) Contact: Southern California Gas Co., (909) 307-7070, www.socalgas.com; Pacific Gas and Electric, www.pge.com; Opus 12, www.opus-12.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News RNG,  Biogas,  Southern California Gas ,  Pacific Gas and Electric,  Opus 12 ,  


    esVolta Selected for PG&E Energy Storage Project (Ind. Report)
    esVolta,PG&E
    Date: 2018-07-20
    Aliso Viejo, California-headquartered utility-scale energy storage project specialist esVolta reports it has been selected by Pacific Gas and Electric Co. (PG&E) to develop, construct and operate the 75 MW/300 MWh Hummingbird Energy lithium-ion battery energy storage project in Santa Clara County, Calif.

    The Hummingbird project is slated to be in service by December 2020, subject to California Public Utilities Commission approval. The project will provide an affordable and reliable capacity resource and facilitate PG&E's integration of renewable energy resources. (Source: esVolta, Solar Ind., 19 July, 2018) Contact: PG&E, www.pg&e.com; esVolta, Randolph Mann, Pres., (949) 330 6300, info@esvolta.com, www.esvolta.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News PG&E,  Energy Storage,  esVolta,  Lithium-ion Battery,  


    Vistra Developing 300-MW Calif. Battery Storage Project (Ind. Report)
    Vistra Energy, Pacific Gas and Electric
    Date: 2018-07-03
    Irving, Texas-headquartered Vistra Energy reports it will enter into a 20-year resource adequacy contract with Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E). Under the contract, Vistra will develop a 300-megawatt/1,200-MWh battery energy storage project at its Moss Landing Power Plant site in Moss Landing, California. The project is subject to California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) approval, which is expected within 90 days. Vistra anticipates the battery storage project will enter commercial operations by Q4, 2020.

    Vistra's retail and generation businesses include TXU Energy, Homefield Energy, Dynegy, and Luminant, operate in 12 states and six of the seven competitive markets in the U.S. and total approximately 41,000 megawatts of capacity. (Source: Vistra Energy, PR, 2 July, 2018) Contact: Vistra Energy, Curt Morgan, CEO, Molly Sorg, Inv. Relations, (214) 812-8004, investor@vistraenergy.com, www.vistraenergy.com; PG&E, www.pge.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Pacific Gas and Electric,  Vistra Energy ,  Energy Storage,  


    Tesla, PG&E Developing 1.1 GWh Energy Storage System (Ind. Report)
    Tesla
    Date: 2018-07-03
    Tesla CEO Elon Musk reports Tesla is working with Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) on a massive battery system with a capacity of "up to 1.1 GWh" in California.

    PG&E has submitted 4 new energy storage projects to the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) for approval today. Three are third-party owned projects to be connected to the PG&E grid. The fourth project is a "proposed utility-owned 182.5 MW lithium-ion battery energy storage system (BESS). Tesla would supply the battery packs for the giant project while PG&E has the option to increase the capacity to 1.1 GWh. (Source: Tesla, electrk, 29 June, 2018)Contact: Tesla Power Pack, www.tesla.com/en_CA/powerpack; PG&E, www.pg&e.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Tesla,  Energy Storage,  PG&E,  Lithium-Ion Battery,  


    CLEAResult Supports PG&E Energy Management Initiative (Ind. Report)
    CLEAResult,Pacific Gas and Electric
    Date: 2018-06-01
    Austin, Texas-headquartered CLEAResult, a leader in technology-enabled energy efficiency and demand side management programs for utilities and businesses, reports it will support Pacific Gas and Electric Company's (PG&E) Strategic Energy Management (SEM) program for customers in Northern and Central California that are food processing facilities.

    SEM is a long-term, holistic approach to energy management that increases energy and cost savings for customers year-over-year through goal setting, progress tracking and reporting of results. This program design includes a whole-facility approach that uses Normalized Metered Energy Consumption (NMEC) and a baseline model to help identify and measure energy savings opportunities from all program activities at participating facilities.

    CLEAResult is North America's largest provider of energy efficiency programs and services tailored to an individual clients' needs. (Source: CLEAResult, PR, 31 May, 2018) Contact: CLEAResult, www.clearesult.com; PG&E, www.pge.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Pacific Gas and Electric,  CLEAResult,  Energy Efficiency,  Energy Management,  


    PG&E Increases Energy Efficiency Options (Ind. Report)
    PG&E
    Date: 2018-05-18
    In San Francisco, Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) reports it will double new construction energy efficiency incentives for residential and business customers who lost their homes or businesses in the October 2017 Northern California wildfires. To that end, PG&E is teaming up with Sonoma Clean Power and the Bay Area Air Quality Management District to offer a "one stop shop" for residential green building incentives for customers in Sonoma and Mendocino Counties who lost their homes in the October 2017 Northern California wildfires.

    California's Building Energy Efficiency Standards -- Title 24, Part 6 -- guide residential and non-residential building and construction across the state. The standards help to ensure energy efficiency in new construction to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions associated with buildings, as well as to lower energy costs for California customers. As a result, single family homes built to the latest 2016 standards will use approximately 28 pct less energy for lighting, heating, cooling, ventilation and water heating than homes built to the 2013 standards. The state programs offer incentives for building above energy efficiency code requirements based on standard energy design ratings.

    Based on PG&E's existing California Advanced Homes Program for new home construction, eligible customers can apply for the new Advanced Energy Rebuild Program to receive up to $17,500 for rebuilding sustainably. Condominiums, apartments and in-law units will be eligible for a portion of the incentives. The program is available through December 31, 2019 or until funds are exhausted.

    For business owners, the Savings by Design program currently offers incentives up to $150,000 per building. PG&E will increase the incentives to up to $300,000 per building. Additionally, PG&E will increase its comprehensive design assistance, offer expedited application reviews and engineering and sales support for business customers who lost their property. These changes will be available as they exist today through 2023.

    Access California Advanced Homes Program details at cahp-pge.com and Savings by Design at www.pge.com/savingsbydesign. (Source: PG&E, 176 May, 2018) Contact: PG&E, www.pge.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News PG&E,  Energy Efficiency Incentives,  Energy Efficiency,  


    CAISO OKs PG&E's Oakland Clean Energy Initiative (Ind. Report)
    Pacific Gas and Electric, California Independent System Operator
    Date: 2018-03-26
    San Francisco-based Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) reports the California Independent System Operator (CAISO) has given the nod to its Oakland Clean Energy Initiative (OCEI) plan to provide a clean alternative to a decades-old fossil-fuel power plant in Oakland. OCEI will provide a green and innovative option that uses local clean-energy resources, including energy storage, energy efficiency and electric-system upgrades, to ensure transmission grid reliability in Oakland when the current 40-year old power plant is retired. PG&E will seek proposals and expressions of interest this spring.

    The system operator has a Reliability Must Run contract with the existing plant's owner, Dynegy, to purchase power during peak periods. The Oakland Clean Energy Initiative is expected to come into service by mid-2022. (Source: PG&E, 23 Mar., 2018) Contact: PG&E, Roy Kuga, VP Grid Integration and Innovation, Media Relations, (415) 973-5930, www.pge.com; California Independent System Operator, (916) 351-4400, www.caiso.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News California Independent System Operator,  Pacific Gas and Electric ,  


    Dairy Biomethane Pilot Projects Sought in California (Ind. Report)
    Southern California Gas Co.
    Date: 2018-01-24
    Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas), San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E), Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) and Southwest Gas are jointly seeking 5 or more dairy biomethane pilot projects under California Senate Bill (SB) 1383.

    Proposed projects must demonstrate an ability to capture and process biogas from dairy cows to produce renewable natural gas for electic power generation ,heating and fueling vehicles.

    The draft solicitation is the first step in a new program created under SB 1383 by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), which has been directed to reduce me Proposed projects will be jointly selected by the CPUC, California Air Resources Board and the California Department of Food and Agriculture.

    Dairy biogas development is rapidly increasing in California, with help in part from $35 million in grant funding last year from the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA). CDFA is expected to provide an additional $61-$75 million in grant funding for new dairy biogas projects this year. There are currently about 40 projects in the works, and experts expect there could be as many as 120 projects being developed by 2022, according to a SoCal Gas release. (Source: Southern California Gas Company, PR, 19 Jan., 2018) Contact: Southern California Gas,, www.socalgas.com; San Diego Gas & Electric, www.sdge.com; Pacific Gas and Electric, www.pge.com; California Department of Food and Agriculture, (916) 654-0466, www.cdfa.ca.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News San Diego Gas & Electric ,  Pacific Gas and Electric ,  Southern California Gas,  Biogass,  Methane,  Biomethane,  

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