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Renewable energy no threat to electric grid, as Trump aides claim

By David Hochschild and David Olsen | San Francisco Chronicle Link to article In 1986, President Ronald Reagan famously removed solar panels from the White House roof, capping a misguided energy policy that severely slashed investment in renewable energy. Thirty-one years later, President Trump has committed a more consequential mistake by rejecting the Paris climate […]

Will California’s 100% renewables goal survive the political process?

Herman K. Trabish | Utility Dive Link to article With current clean energy goals in sight, liberal lawmakers are pushing the state to ratchet up its ambitions. But utility companies could prove a powerful roadblock. Can the world’s sixth-largest economy get to 60% renewables by 2030 and 100% renewables by 2045? California’s Senate Bill 100 […]

California regulators weigh whether the state needs more power plants

Ivan Penn – Contact Reporter | Los Angeles Times Link to article California energy officials are, for the first time, rethinking plans to build expensive natural gas power plants in the face of an electricity glut and growing use of cleaner and cheaper energy alternatives. The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power announced Tuesday […]

ABC10 – The world reacts to Trump pulling of of the Paris Climate Agreement

ABC News interviewed Professor Ben Houlton, director of the John Muir Institute of the Environment at UC Davis, and V. John White, Executive Director of Center For Energy Efficiency And Renewable Technologies.

Leon Billings, Key Author of Laws on Clean Air, Water Dies

David R. Baker | New York Times Link to article WASHINGTON — Leon G. Billings, a former aide to Maine Sen. Edmund Muskie and a key author of the Clean Air Act and other landmark environmental laws, has died. Billings, 78, died Tuesday in Nashville, Tennessee, after suffering a stroke while visiting family. Born in […]

Climate change law has reshaped California in 10 years

David R. Baker | SF Chronicle Link to article Just past noon on a broiling Central Valley day, the strain on California’s electrical grid is rising with the temperature. Inside the control room that runs the grid, on the outskirts of Folsom, a yellow line on a glowing wall of data squiggles steadily higher, then […]

Legislature acts — and we breathe easier

Bill Magavern | Capitol Weekly Link to article Millions of Californians suffered from smog and smoke this summer, but help is on the way. Defying the expectations of many observers and the fierce opposition of the oil industry, the Legislature passed a historic climate protection package in August. What the late-session action showed is that […]

Utilities Commission Overhaul Moving In Last Days Of Session

Ben Bradford | Capital Public Radio Link to article   The California Public Utilities Commission oversees electric utilities, and also telecommunications and transportation–although perhaps not for much longer. A trio of bills moving through the state Legislature would change the commission’s responsibilities, after several high-profile controversies. Commissioners’ handling of the San Bruno pipeline explosion and […]

Energy initiative sparks desert duel

Carolyn Lochhead | San Francisco Chronicle Link to article Industry, scientists spar as Obama tries to fast-track Mojave wind and solar farms In its final months, the Obama administration is racing to complete a far-reaching environmental initiative that could forever alter one of the wildest places left in California. A giant energy plan for the […]