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Record wildfire threats mean California must pick when and where to fight, utilities, analysts, CalFire agree

Herman K. Trabish | Utility Dive Link to article Winds, drought, heat and land uses take utility-critical questions of wildfire fight beyond utilities In 2020, California had over 9,900 wildfires, which burned a record 4.25 million acres and killed 33 people, according to the state’s Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CalFire). It is time […]

California may build 11.5GW of almost all carbon-free resources to replace its last nuclear plant

Jeff St. John | Canary Media Link to article Regulators have decided that adding 7.5 GW by 2026 won’t be enough after the Diablo Canyon nuclear plant closes. Can California build so much clean and reliable grid capacity in time? California regulators have proposed adding 11.5 gigawatts of almost completely carbon-free capacity to its grid […]

Close the gas facility

Jake Levine and V. John White | Santa Monica Daily Press Link to article It’s time to close the Playa Del Rey gas storage facility. Here’s what officials must do next. When a gas well at the Aliso Canyon underground storage facility exploded in the winter of 2015, it made news for the massive climate […]

The Lithium Gold Rush: Inside the Race to Power Electric Vehicles

Ivan Penn and Eric Lipton | The New York Times Link to article A race is on to produce lithium in the United States, but competing projects are taking very different approaches to extracting the vital raw material. Some might not be very green. Atop a long-dormant volcano in northern Nevada, workers are preparing to […]

Ruiz urges energy secretary to invest in clean energy jobs at the salton sea

May 5, 2021 Press Release The American Jobs Plan will help make Southern California a global leader in clean energy and lithium battery technology Palm Desert, CA – This week, Congressman Raul Ruiz, M.D. (CA-36) met with Department of Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm to chart a path forward to develop the lithium deposits underneath the Salton […]

Regulators are undermining California’s transition to 100% clean energy

By Luis Amezcua and V. John White | San Francisco Chronicle Link to article Last summer, failures and heat exhaustion at gas power plants contributed to California’s first non-wildfire-related blackout in 19 years. In the days following, when temperatures remained brutally high and California’s power supply dangerously low, Southern California Edison and its customers united […]

Mayor Garcetti announces findings of historic 100 percent renewable energy study

Portland, Ore. — In response to today’s Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) ruling on the Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) “Environmental Redispatch and No Negative Pricing policy,” Rachel Shimshak, executive director of non-profit advocacy group Renewable Northwest Project, issued the following statement: We are pleased that the Commission has ruled on this issue and has determined that BPA’s “Environmental Redispatch and No Negative Pricing Policy” is discriminatory. With these questions answered, Renewable Northwest Project is eager to continue working with BPA and regional partners toward solutions to over-generation that are economical, equitable and good for the environment.

California scrambles to improve electric grid to avoid summer blackouts

By Martin Wisckol | The OCR Link to article Last year’s heatwave blackouts could be repeated unless steps are taken. State agencies and electric utilities are scrambling to shore up power supplies in hopes of avoiding the rolling blackouts that left 800,000 California homes and businesses without power during a record-breaking heatwave last August. That […]

The race is on to strike ‘white gold’ at California’s Salton Sea

By Sammy Roth | Los Angeles Times Link to article This is the March 18, 2021, edition of Boiling Point, a weekly newsletter about climate change and the environment in California and the American West. There are few places in California, maybe anywhere, weirder or more wonderful than the Salton Sea. It’s a sparkling blue […]