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Official Energy Central Community Manager of Generation and Energy Management Networks. Matt is an energy analyst in Orlando FL (by way of Washington DC) working as an independent energy...

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It’s Earth Day this Thursday, April 22 and we want to hear the voices of the Clean Power Community from every corner of the United States, Canada, and even the world.

Let’s together paint a picture of the busy, dynamic world of EE that is helping to create a more sustainable planet. Make a Post on Energy Central's Clean Power Community and tell us about the current project you are working on. Are you launching a new pilot? Helping customers install solar or participate in community-owned renewables? Just completed a program evaluation? Trying to get a new technology off the ground?

Share your post by April 20, or send it into our Community Manager at with the subject line 'Earth Day 2021' and it might be selected to be highlighted in a special Energy Central Earth Day newsletter, reaching our vast network of professionals in the power industry. 

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    Hi Matt, I know the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development plans to make some exciting investment announcements on Thursday about:

    I will post all the details here on Earth Day 2021. 


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    Matt Chester on Apr 19, 2021

    Really exciting to hear, Daniel-- I'll be looking out for your post! Glad to see USDA charging ahead to lead in this area

    Matt, SDG&E's pledge can be dismissed as 100% substance-free marketing.

    When the utility prematurely retired San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station in 2013, it became the single largest consumer of natural gas in San Diego County (40%). And why not? SDG&E's parent company, Sempra Inc., also owns the gas franchise importing all that gas from another Sempra franchise in Texas, on a pipeline (the El Paso Pipeline) owned by yet another Sempra franchise - none of which are regulated by California's public utility commission.

    Because they charge SDG&E whatever they want, and the costs are passed through to ratepayers, it's no wonder in 2018 the utility's electricity rates were highest in the continental U.S. Worse, Sempra deliberately structured this arrangement so their financial incentive is not to conserve gas but to burn as much as possible. Should we be surprised California CO2 emissions increased by 9 million tonnes/yr?