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Lithium will fuel the clean energy boom. This company may have a breakthrough

By Sammy Roth | Los Angeles Times Link to article Gaze across the Salton Sea, a sparkling oasis in the California desert, and you’ll see white plumes of steam rising against the hazy Chocolate Mountains. The steam comes from 11 geothermal power plants, nestled between the accidental lake and the verdant farm fields of the […]

Trump’s EPA threatens California over air quality; governor says it’s ‘pure retaliation’

By Marco della Cava and Ledyard King | USA Today Link to article SAN FRANCISCO – First it was homelessness. Then automotive standards. And now it’s air quality. The battle between the Trump administration and California escalated Tuesday as the Environmental Protection Agency threatened to withhold billions in federal highway aid because California has, in […]

On Auto Emissions, California Saves the Day

By Editorial Board | Bloomberg Link to article Your next car could be a lot better for the climate. Thank the Golden State — and the auto companies. California just notched a victory in its battle with the Trump administration over environmental policy. What makes this win especially notable — and especially encouraging — is […]

California’s new Public Utilities Commission president must lead us to a gas-free future

By Gladys Limón and V. John White | Special to CalMatters Link to article Everywhere you turn in California, clean energy technologies are winning out over gas. From Oxnard to Los Angeles and Glendale, to the Inland Empire and Bay Area, proposed and existing gas-fired plants are being scrapped in favor of cleaner options. Clean […]

Demand response is dead. Long live Flexiwatts!

By Lillian Mirviss | Utility Dive Link to article The following is a contributed article by Lillian Mirviss, a government affairs manager at OhmConnect as well as a current fellow in the San Francisco chapter of the Clean Energy Leadership Institute. Demand Response is dead. That’s how the topic of Demand Response (DR) typically comes […]

Grid chief: Operators pulling ‘rabbits’ to keep lights on

By Peter Behr | E&E News Link to article Stresses on parts of the power grid have operators scrambling for ways to keep the lights on. In Texas, where backup power reserves are stretched to the limit, most engineers would conclude that “there’s no way in hell they can keep the lights on,” said Jim […]

NV Energy Announces ‘Hulkingly Big’ Solar-Plus-Storage Procurement

By Emma Foehringer Merchant | GreenTech Media Link to article Berkshire Hathaway’s Nevada utility announced three new projects, including what would be the largest solar plant in the U.S. NV Energy one-upped its huge 2018 solar and storage procurement on Tuesday, announcing three new solar projects totaling 1,200 megawatts paired with 590 megawatts of battery […]

Don’t let global warming hinder California’s climate goals

By V. John White | San Jose Mercury News Link to article California has proudly led the world as an environmental pioneer and renewable energy champion. Sadly, this does not make us immune to the devastating effects of global warming. The deadly, climate-driven wildfires that have ravaged communities and rendered the state’s largest utility company […]

Bailout doubt – PG&E faces bankruptcy amid California’s ‘first climate change-caused emergency’

By Herman K. Trabish | Utility Dive Link to article Stakeholders say few will benefit from bankruptcy, but alternatives have been dubbed “politically too hot to touch.” Barring a deal brokered by the new California governor, Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E), the state’s biggest electricity provider, will file for bankruptcy at the end of January. […]