California’s energy grid is in crisis. Can the state keep the lights on?

By Julie Cart CALMATTERS | Sacramento Bee Link to article Gretchen Bakke thinks a lot about power — the kind that sizzles through a complex grid of electrical stations, poles, lines and transformers, keeping the lights on for tens of millions of Californians who mostly take it for granted. They shouldn’t, says Bakke, who grew […]

Fires choke utility and U.S. asks: Who pays for warming?

By Benjamin Storrow | E&E News reporter Link to article “We’re seeing states all over the country act to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and plan for a low-carbon future. But what I don’t think people realize is how fast we need to adapt to climate change and its effects,” said V. John White, executive director […]

California set a goal of 100% clean energy, and now other states may follow its lead

By Sammy Roth | Los Angeles Times Link to article It’s been less than four months since California committed to getting all of its electricity from climate-friendly sources by 2045. But the idea is already catching on in other states. At least nine governors taking their oaths of office this month, from Nevada to Michigan […]

It was a bad year for carbon emissions, even in California

By Nathanael Johnson | gist Link to article Carbon emissions are rising in the the United States, and it looks like the golden green state of California is part of the problem. Despite putting up acres of solar panels, California’s electric system produced more greenhouse gases in 2018 than in the previous year. Link to […]

Jerry Brown signed $1 billion in wildfire prevention—and none of it applies to the fires this year

By Laurel Rosenhall and Judy Lin | CALmatters Link to article Protecting California from devastating wildfires was the Legislature’s biggest focus in this year’s session. Recognizing the urgency, lawmakers formed a special wildfire committee, heard from numerous experts, and, after several emotional debates, passed a $1 billion new law they said would “prevent catastrophic wildfires […]

California passes 100% clean energy bill, but punts on several plans for getting there

By Sammy Roth | Palm Springs Desert Sun Link to article California lawmakers passed a bill last week requiring the state to get 100 percent of its electricity from climate-friendly sources like solar and wind. But they didn’t vote on several proposals designed to help California achieve that goal, including a plan backed by Gov. […]

OPINIONATED: Go Back to Aliso Canyon Deal Drawing Board

28 AUG 2018 By V. John White Three years ago, Aliso Canyon was home to the largest methane leak in U.S. history, resulting in dozens of hospitalizations, the release of more than 100,000 tons of potent GHG emissions, and the evacuation of more than 10,000 families. Earlier this month, the state attorney general and California Air Resources […]

How California can regionalize its energy system without handing Trump the grid

By V. John White | Special to The Sacramento Bee Link to article As lawmakers return from their summer recess, one of the most heated debates will center around a bill to restructure an important part of the state’s electricity industry. Assembly Bill 813 by Assemblyman Chris Holden, D-Pasadena, would open the door to expanding […]

California’s Energy Diet Is Working

The state’s efforts to curb emissions are far ahead of schedule, with transportation innovations poised to keep leading the way. By Nathaniel Bullard | Bloomberg Opinion Link to article In 2006, California set itself an ambitious environmental goal: Reduce greenhouse gas emissions to 1990 levels by 2020. The Air Resources Board recently published its assessment […]