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Renewable Energy

A catamaran boat outfitted with a 40 foot tall rigid WingSail has been sailing Bay Area ferry routes to test the novel idea of using wind assistance to help propel ferry vessels of the future - reducing fuel use and air pollution.

Prototype Wind-Powered Ferry Technology Could Lead To Greener SF Bay Transportation

A prototype wind-powered ferry boat being developed on the San Francisco Bay could eventually lead to bay transportation that uses less fuel and produces fewer greenhouse gases.

05/01/2014

A group of people tour the solar panels on the top of the Moscone Center on June 4, 2005 in San Francisco, California. The panels can produce up to 675 kilowatts of power and can provide 20-30% of the power for any convention at the center and is said to be one of the largest city owned solar power systems in the United States. San Francisco is the host to the World Environment Day 2005 conference where over 60 mayors from the world's largest and most environmentally significant cities, including London, Zurich, Buenos Aires, Jakarta, Delhi, Kabul, and Manila convened in San Francisco for the United Nation's World Environment Day conference June 1-5 to adopt historic accords on sustainable urban living. (Photo by David Paul Morris/Getty Images)

New Setback For SF Alternative Energy Plan; Mayor: ‘Green Power Not Dead’

Proponents of a green power alternative to PG&E in San Francisco are frustrated, but not deterred by delays to the city’s long awaited renewable energy program.

08/14/2013

San Francisco City Hall (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

SF Public Utilities Commission Halts Plan For Green Energy Program

In a stunning defeat for green power advocates, San Francisco’s Public Utilities Commission has halted a decade-old plan to develop a city-operated power program to generate clean energy for residents.

08/14/2013

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Sonoma County Working On Greener Energy Alternative For Residents

Sonoma County residents will soon have the option for greener electricity, but officials said the program wouldn’t completely replace PG&E.

05/07/2013

California Aqueduct in the San Joaquin Valley. (AP)

Land Grab Of Central Valley Farm Land By Solar Companies Worries Environmentalists

Environmental and land preservation groups are concerned about a growing number of solar generating plants being targeted on prime farmland across California’s San Joaquin Valley.

02/02/2013

solar panels

Watchdog Group Issues Warning Over California Clean Energy Plan

A California watchdog group says the state’s clean energy strategy will saddle ratepayers with soaring utility bills unless officials act soon to organize state energy agencies.

12/04/2012

Shell Gasoline

San Francisco Clean Power Proposal May Profit Shell Oil, Raise Rates

San Francisco took another step Wednesday towards signing a controversial contract with Shell Energy to provide renewable energy to households in the city at rates higher than Pacific Gas and Electric.

09/13/2012

A PG&E SmartMeter (CBS)

ConsumerWatch: Marin Residents Facing July Deadline To Pick Power Provider

Marin county residents have an important decision to make in the next few weeks. Consumers are being asked to decide if they want to continue buying their power from PG&E, or switch to Marin Clean Energy, a program offered by the Marin Energy Authority, that offers more power from renewable sources at a few dollars more a month.

05/29/2012

Apple Unveils Updated iPad In San Francisco

Greenpeace Protest Targets Apple Headquarters In Cupertino

Apple, Inc. was the target of some Greenpeace guerilla activism on Tuesday as environmental protesters called on the Cupertino company to use more renewable energy in their cloud data centers.

05/15/2012

solar panels

Phil Matier: Utility Companies Cashing In On California’s Renewable Energy Law

The KCBS and Chronicle Insider says utility companies might reap the rewards of the state’s renewable energy law and consumer’s may see higher bills.

11/24/2011

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