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Advocates: CA is Ground Zero in Wake of U.N. Climate Report

Suzanne Potter | PNS Link to article SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Advocates contended a new United Nations report Climate change report United Nations 08/09/2021 waving red flags on climate change is particularly critical for California, where megafires and persistent drought already are becoming the norm. The report also predicts up to a foot of sea-level rise […]

Offshore Wind Push Gains Momentum in California

Nick Cahill| Courthouse News Service Link to article Lawmakers clear a proposal intended to jumpstart floating wind farms off the coast, saying the technology could prop the state’s buckling power grid and create more than 10,000 new jobs. SACRAMENTO, Calif. (CN) — Caught again in an energy crisis and facing another summer of rolling blackouts, […]

California just committed itself to “an unprecedented amount” of clean energy

Nathanael Johnson | Grist Link to article The state sees renewables as the best way to prevent blackouts. California just made a massive order for clean electricity. On Thursday, the California Public Utilities Commission approved a plan that requires utilities to buy 11.5 gigawatts of zero-carbon electricity by 2026. That’s a lot: Between a third […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]