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Fed vehicle rule, FERC reconsideration of LNG, FERC vacancy

Draft clean car and light truck standards by U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration would make half of new vehicles sold in 2030 zero-emissions. It also would raise the average fuel economy of new fleets to about 52 mpg-equivalent by 2026, up from the 44 mpg required by […]

August 5, 2021|

PG&E Circuit May Have Sparked Another Fire in No. Cal

Californians may have yet another fire to attribute to Pacific Gas & Electric. The utility informed regulators that its equipment may have ignited another wildfire last month that has torched huge amounts of forest and destroyed or damaged more than six dozen structures. In an Aug. 2 filing to the California Public […]

August 4, 2021|

CPUC Pitches Additional 7,500 MW Mid-Decade

A California Public Utilities Commission proposal calls for 7,500 MW of new power in California, with less than one-third of that carbon free. The recalculation of needed resources covering 2024-26 is intended to address demand for electricity on the hottest days. 

The proposal by Administrative Law Judge Julie […]

March 4, 2021|

Offshore Wind Power Coming to California

Offshore wind power is heading the Golden State’s way, first to serve the Redwood Coast Energy Authority, a panel of energy experts at a California Community Choice Association webinar said Feb. 26. This renewable technology has already gained favor in Europe, Asia, and on the East Coast of the U.S.

March 1, 2021|

Will Controversial Aliso Canyon Gas Field Get a New Lease on Life?

Despite the state’s legal commitment to decarbonize the energy sector, staff at the California Public Utilities Commission have concluded the large Aliso Canyon natural gas storage field in Los Angeles needs to remain open. There has been a forceful effort to close the field since a months-long eruption of methane gas from […]

February 24, 2021|

Biden Keeps Desert Renewable Plan Intact

The Biden Administration blocked the former Trump Administration’s last minute effort to weaken protections in the Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan.

The proposed changes would have reduced protection of 2.2 million acres of rocky peaks, salt scrub lowlands and rich riparian corridors and other sensitive desert by allowing mining […]

February 18, 2021|
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