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California’s ICT Would Require 100% Zero-Emission Buses For Public Transit Agencies By 2040

California is continuing its push towards zero-emission vehicles with the California Air Resources Board (CARB) voting on the Innovative Clean Transit measure this week. If approved, the proposed measure will set a firm date for all public transit agencies in the state to convert their fleets to 100% zero-emission vehicles by 2040. The ICT is […]

Southern California Edison wants departing customers to hand over $125 million

Southern California Edison is short nearly $1 billion in its power budget — and it’s hoping to charge a big chunk of that money to customers leaving for another energy provider. Edison estimates it will spend $972 million more than expected on electricity this year, partly because it didn’t have access to enough power during […]

‘Growing pains’: City presents CCA quarterly update

SOLANA BEACH — The first of its kind in the county, Solana Beach’s Community Choice Aggregation program is anticipating a decline in projected revenue over the next few years, a hurdle one council member referred to as “growing pains.” The outcome is largely attributed to increases in the cost of energy and a modified “exit […]

SFPUC to absorb $25 million in fees to keep CleanPowerSF bills from rising

The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission is moving ahead with a plan to absorb an estimated $25 million in added fees that would otherwise fall on the agency’s CleanPowerSF energy customers next year. On Tuesday, the commission unanimously approved a proposal to offset the fees with an automatic subsidy, protecting CleanPowerSF’s roughly 115,000 residential and […]

Hundreds of wind turbines could sprout off SLO County. Here’s how to learn about the plan.

The U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management will host a meeting in San Luis Obispo this week to share information on the possibility of offshore wind developments along the California coast. This includes plans to add hundreds of 700-foot-tall floating turbines on sites off Diablo Canyon and Piedras Blancas. The meeting is Thursday from 5 to […]

Generous electric vehicle rebate in San Mateo County offered

SAN MATEO, Calif. (KGO) — A rebate program worth up to $23,000 is sparking interest in electric vehicles. Hundreds of thousands of drivers in San Mateo County could qualify by buying or leasing an electric vehicle before the end of the year. Robert Saltzman of Redwood City got into his brand new all-electric Nissan Leaf. […]

California Regulators Consider New Rules for Powering Down the Grid to Stop Fires

As evidence mounts that a Pacific Gas & Electric transmission line failure caused last month’s deadly Camp Fire, and many of the state’s most destructive wildfires of the past two years, California regulators are poised to take a much deeper look at the controversial strategy of pre-emptively de-energizing power lines to possibly prevent future disasters. That’s […]

Utilities to cover power lines, expand weather monitoring

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California utilities plan to insulate power lines, increase inspections and build new weather stations in areas at high risk for wildfires in an effort to combat increasingly destructive blazes. Southern California Edison told legislative employees Monday it wants to spend $582 million to cover some of its power lines and deploy […]

California’s Fertile Valley Is Awash in Air Pollution

The San Joaquin Valley is the land of Big Agriculture. Stretching 250 miles from Bakersfield in the south to Stockton in the north, the San Joaquin comprises the southern two-thirds of the storied Central Valley, a plowed-over promised land covering seven million acres of irrigated fields that generate more than $17 billion a year in crops—with […]

It’s safe and emissions free. So why is California in the doldrums around offshore wind?

Gleaning energy from ocean wind would seem to be a California ideal: It emits no greenhouse gases, has nearly no environmental footprint, and harnesses one of the state’s most powerful and plentiful natural resources. But engineering challenges, regulatory hurdles and concerns about the turbines’ impact on wildlife have, until recently, mucked any forward progress. A deal […]