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CAISO approves nearly $3B of transmission projects to prepare for California’s clean energy goals

Kavya Balaraman | Utility Dive Link to article Dive Brief: The California Independent System Operator (CAISO) approved a transmission plan Thursday that includes 23 projects, estimated to cost nearly $3 billion, to cope with the dramatic increase in renewable generation and forecasted load growth in its footprint. The plan represents a massive increase in spending, compared to […]

Biden says commercial-scale lithium extraction possible in Imperial Valley by 2026

Erin Rode | Desert Sun Link to article As the Imperial Valley begins its transformation into what some are calling Lithium Valley, one company says it could have lithium production at commercial scale by 2026, President Joe Biden said Tuesday at an event with Gov. Gavin Newsom, industry executives, community representatives and labor leaders. Biden […]

Column: Want to conserve water and make clean energy? Build more solar farms in San Joaquin Valley

George Skelton | LA Times Link to article “The San Joaquin Valley is facing a monumental shift in land use over the next two decades,” wrote PPIC water experts Andrew Ayres and Curtis Seymour. “Promoting solar expansion on fallowed farmland … could support two major objectives at once: the state’s clean energy goals while easing […]

California’s electric grid is not ready to meet climate goals

Guest Commentary | CALMATTERS Link to article As the UN conference on climate change has made clear, we must all accelerate our efforts to address this existential threat. Fortunately, California is on a strong foundation to do its share. The state has excellent solar and wind resource potential. We have targets in place to reach […]

Manchin’s Coal Corruption Is So Much Worse Than You Knew

Jeff Goodell | Rolling StoneLink to article The senator from West Virginia is bought and paid for by Big Coal. With his help the dying industry is pulling one final heist — and the entire planet may pay the price One of the hardest things to grasp about the climate crisis is the connectedness of […]

Editorial: No, California shouldn’t extend the life of its last nuclear plant. There are better ways to fight climate change

The Times Editorial Board | Los Angeles Times Link to article California is approaching an energy crossroads. In three years, its last nuclear plant will begin to power down and the state will lose its largest single source of emissions-free electricity. A 2018 law requires state regulators to “avoid any increase in greenhouse gases” as […]

Time for Congress to launch America’s clean industrial revolution

Bill Gates | LinkedIn Article Link to article Right now, I’m heading to the international climate conference in Glasgow, known as COP26, where delegates will talk about how to cut greenhouse gas emissions from roughly 51 billion tons per year to zero by 2050. On my way out the door, I’m hearing news that makes […]

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, […]