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California faces a crossroads on the path to 100% clean energy

By Sammy Roth | Los Angeles Times Link to article Bill Brand spent two decades fighting to get the waterfront power plant in Redondo Beach torn down and replaced with a public park. Until recently, he was sure he had won. Regulators had set a deadline of Dec. 31, 2020, for owner AES Corp. to […]

How California can wake from the wildfire-blackout nightmare

By Nat Kreamer and Mark Ferron | CalMatters Link to article The wildfires and blackouts that have blighted our state are causing many Californians to question utility motivations, the effectiveness of regulators to protect citizens’ interests, and, ironically, the clean energy and grid investments that mitigate wildfire risk and improve electricity system reliability. To break […]

Los Angeles wants to build a hydrogen-fueled power plant. It’s never been done before

By Sammy Roth | Los Angeles Times Link to article As Los Angeles weans itself off the last of its coal-generated electricity, the city needs to replace that fuel with a climate-polluting natural gas plant in Utah, Los Angeles Department of Water and Power staff insisted Tuesday. But they also pledged the facility would eventually […]

Commentary: This is not the time to panic and abandon California’s energy goals

By Dan Jacobson | The San Diego Union-Tribune Link to article We can install Community Resiliency Centers that rely on renewable power now, to beef up the grid, make our state safer from fire and help us when we need it most. State lawmakers have introduced legislation intended to help prevent wildfires and peremptory power […]

Commentary: This is not the time to panic and abandon California’s energy goals

By Dan Jacobson | The San Diego Union-Tribune Link to article We can install Community Resiliency Centers that rely on renewable power now, to beef up the grid, make our state safer from fire and help us when we need it most. State lawmakers have introduced legislation intended to help prevent wildfires and peremptory power […]

The Trump administration just snuck through its most devious coal subsidy yet

By David Roberts | Vox Link to article How a new FERC order will help old, polluting power plants stay alive On the campaign trail, Donald Trump repeatedly promised to save American coal, and when he first came into office, he made several rather theatrical attempts to do so. He had the Department of Energy […]

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 […]