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Eyes on the prize: How Lancaster School District developed a successful renewable energy program

Dr. Larry Freise, Assistant Superintendent of Business at Lancaster School District, is reticent to take credit for the success of his district’s energy program, despite admitting to being a “team of one” when it comes to bringing new projects …

School Energy Cost Inflation: Learnings from Clovis Unified

During the 2024 CASBO annual conference, Rick Brown and Ali Chehrehsaz of TerraVerde Energy met with Michael Johnston of Clovis Unified and Don Ulrich of School Strategies for a conversation on energy cost inflation impacting schools.

 

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Initial Clean Fleets Compliance Reports Due April 1, 2024

It’s Time To Submit Your First Report to CARB

Under the requirements of the California Air Resources Board’s (CARB) Advanced Clean Fleets (ACF) regulation, California public agencies are required to submit their initial compliance reports no later than April 1, …

Energy Chat With Matt Belasco of Pittsburg USD

Phil Villagomez here, welcoming you to the inaugural edition of TerraVerde’s “Energy Chat Blog.” I recently had the privilege of interviewing Matt Belasco of Pittsburg Unified School District, and I cannot think of a better leader to interview for this …

Utility Rate Hikes And The Impact On California School Districts

While many of us have been ringing in the new year, Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) and other state utilities have been ringing in significant new rate hikes.  PG&E has announced utility rate hikes of 13%, a slight relief …

An Emerging Threat to Solar Savings for Schools

Does your school district have active solar PV systems?  If so, you will want to be aware of this new threat to your project’s long-term savings.

For many California school districts, the investments they have made in deploying solar PV …

Public Fleets Are Still Subject to Clean Fleets Regulation

CARB Issued An “Enforcement Notice” Regarding ACF

As 2023 came to a close, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) issued an important notice regarding the Advanced Clean Fleets (ACF) regulation. In their December 28, 2023 “Enforcement Notice”, CARB …

CARB’s Advanced Clean Fleets Regulation: To Whom And What Does It Apply?

According to the California Air Resources Board (“CARB”), there are roughly 1.8 million Class 2b-8 vehicles operating on California roads. Today, approximately 2,000 of those are zero-emission vehicle (“ZEVs”), or roughly 0.1% of the 1.8 million medium and heavy duty …

Deadline Approaching for Valuable DOE Grant Program

The Department of Energy is seeking applications for the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant Program (EECBG).  The program has been funded with $550,000,000 and will consist of both formula and competitive grants.

Formula grants are issued to states each …

Exemption Paths In CARB’s Advanced Clean Fleets Regulation

CARB’s Advanced Clean Fleet (ACF) regulation is a hot topic these days. Unlike the Advanced Clean Truck regulation – that applies to vehicle manufacturers – the new Fleet order applies to fleet operators. After more than three years in the …