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Report | Environment California Research & Policy Center

The Environmental Case for Rooftop Solar Energy

California has long been a global leader in environmental protection. California’s pioneering actions to reduce air pollution, safeguard natural areas, and protect vulnerable species have set a high standard for the United States and beyond. 

Today, California faces its biggest environmental challenge: climate change. Over the next several decades, California will need to repower its economy with clean, renewable energy – and do so with as little impact as possible on wildlife and wild places. 

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How we can do offshore wind right in California | Dan Jacobson

Workshop to Present Next Steps for Considering Offshore Wind Energy off the California Coast

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News Release | Environment California Research & Policy Center

Statement: California Public Utilities Commission votes to undercut the value of rooftop solar

The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) voted Thursday to approve major changes to the Avoided Cost Calculator (ACC), the state’s official ‘value of solar’ calculator.

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Saving Rooftop Solar- Our comments at the CPUC on the Avoided Cost Calculator | Laura Deehan

On June 24, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) controversially adopted a change to the state’s Avoided Cost Calculator. This calculator is a key tool the CPUC uses to measure the ‘avoided costs’ to society from distributed energy resources. Their decision could adversely affect the future of rooftop solar and energy efficiency. At the CPUC hearing Environment California State Director Laura Deehan testified against the change

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Report | Environment California Research and Policy Center

Blocking Rooftop Solar

Rooftop solar power has changed California’s energy landscape, giving people the ability to transform their homes to be clean energy producers instead of dirty energy consumers. But instead of embracing this success story, utilities and other special interests are getting together to undermine rooftop solar by making it more expensive — just as it is proving its importance to our clean energy future.

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