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Air Quality Lawsuit Adds to Oil Refinery’s Woes

An idle refinery in Bakersfield is stirring up trouble as residents fight to keep in inactive. The refinery has been issued a permit to restart and expand operations. However, due to a downturn in the economy and the price of oil, restarting operations may not be feasible. Residents and clean air proponents are fighting to […]

Life in San Joaquin valley, the place with the worst air pollution in America

Air quality in the San Joaquin Valley has been identified as some of the worst in the nation according to the World Health Organization. This article explores the social, economic, political, and geographical issues impacting quality of life in the Valley. “The United Nations’ health agency linked Visalia and Porterville, two small cities 30 miles apart […]

First Biofuel Facility Running on Renewable Heat Generated On-Site

This is the world’s first biofuel facility that runs entirely on renewable energy generated on-site. They produced 20 million gallons of fuel last year, and plan to continue the same level of production into the future. “Near the Fresno/Kings county line at Biodico’s Westside Facility at Red Rock Ranch, the world’s first biofuel production facility […]

Fresno On Path To Becoming An Advanced Energy Community

The California Energy Commission has awarded the Fresno Local Government Commission $1.5 million to create an integrated clean energy market to serve the Fresno community. The project will focus on Downtown Fresno, the Blackstone Corridor, and the neighborhoods surrounding those areas. “The two-year project will result in greater electricity reliability for the community and lower […]

A Spark of Change in Fresno

The City of Fresno is situated in the heart of California’s agricultural powerhouse the San Joaquin Valley, and is often viewed as the economic capital of the area. Despite its importance and continual growth, the state’s fifth largest city struggles with some of the worst air pollution in the country. To address this issue, the […]

Retired Farmland across the Central Valley Making Way for Renewable Energy

The Central Valley is expected to become a major source of solar power for the state. Thousands of acres of solar farms and being built on unused farmland. Solar panels in the valley are producing electricity for use around the state. The electrical energy generated by this solar farm near Kettleman City is being purchased […]

New CA report: most rooftop solar being installed in middle-income neighborhoods

The cost of installing solar is falling and Californians of all income levels are now installing solar in their homes. For the first time ever though, middle and low income homeowners are making up the majority of those new installations. “Kevala also analyzed city and county-specific installation data. In Fresno County, long known as a […]

Central California Almond Growers Association Announces Completion of 1MW Solar System

The Central California Almond Growers Association has installed a 1MW solar system in its Kerman, CA facility. “CCAGA’s new solar array will produce approximately 1,845,800 kWh of electricity annually for the association, the equivalent of reducing 1,403 tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) — equal to the emissions of over 1.3 million pounds of coal burned […]

Opportunities, Empowerment: SJ Supervisor Candidates Speak on Top Concerns

Candidates for the District 1 seat in San Joaquin County debate, and aside from water, job creation and community empowerment are priorities. “The five candidates answered a handful of questions posed by the League of Women Voters of San Joaquin County, the Stockton Chamber of Commerce and the Associated Students of San Joaquin Delta College.” […]

A California Farmer Who is Preparing for Climate Change

The effects of climate change are starting to impact crop yields in California’s Central Valley. Don Cameron is a farmer, solar power advocate, and leader in the effort to improve groundwater recharge in the Valley. He sees a connection between climate change and the need to plan for responsible groundwater use. “Cameron, who is also a board member of the […]