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Fresno City Council Holds Its First Workshop on Community Choice Energy

The Fresno City Council held its first public workshop on Community Choice Energy on Thursday, February 14th. Councilmember Luis Chavez sponsored the presentation and welcomed the presentation team, stating that he brought it forward in order to evaluate the how it might benefit the city and see if it would work for Fresno. Information sessions […]

Net-zero energy homes have arrived — and are shaking up the US housing market

In 2013 De Young Properties built a single-family house in central California that defied nearly three generations worth of homes the family business had constructed. It was a net-zero energy building — it had the potential to produce as much energy as it would consume in a year. De Young didn’t build another one for […]

California’s Governor Warns Climate Change Pressuring Utilities

California Gov. Gavin Newsom delivered his first State of the State address Feb. 12 before a joint session of the California Legislature. It was wide-ranging, with Newsom talking early in the speech about “the tough calls we must make together on rail, water, and energy.” According to the prepared text on the governor’s website, he promised to […]

California’s New Air Pollution Solution

Two years ago, the World Health Organization identified the San Joaquin Valley in California, an agricultural area between Los Angeles and San Francisco, as having the nation’s worst air pollution. At the time, a reporter from The Guardian was sent out to talk to laborers in the region who worked outdoors. To his surprise, most of them […]

San Joaquin Valley’s air ranks among worst in U.S. This plan promises to improve it by 2024

The California Air Resources Board this week approved a plan to reduce air pollution in the San Joaquin Valley and hopefully meet federal air regulations that aren’t being met. The plan is key because Valley cities consistently rank among the worst ozone and soot-filled areas of the nation. With $5 billion in incentives for residents and various businesses, the clean […]

PG&E bankruptcy could put squeeze on millions of dollars for Valley counties

Pacific Gas & Electric’s planned Chapter 11 bankruptcy is intended to help the embattled utility company reorganize debts and possibly reduce its financial exposure to lawsuits for damages from devastating wildfires in northern California. But the effects of the financial maneuver, expected to be filed in a federal bankruptcy court next week, could be felt far beyond […]

State Offering Grants For Renewable Energy Projects On Ag Land

The California Energy Commission is offering grants ranging from $25,000 to $350,000 to fund renewable energy projects installed on land with agricultural operations. Applications for the Renewable Energy for Agriculture Program (REAP) will be accepted until 5 p.m. on March 5. Applications and eligibility information is available on the commission’s website or go directly to The […]

Commissioner Guzman Aceves: Low-income Valley towns get pilot projects for clean energy at 2,000 households

In California, we know climate change is real. We also know that methane and carbon emissions are some of the leading culprits in this accelerating change. And according to the state’s 4th Climate Assessment released last August, San Joaquin Valley residents as a result face more intense and frequent heat waves, increased and prolonged droughts, […]

Community Engagement At Center Of New State Law On Air Protection

When it comes to monitoring air quality, we typically turn to air regulators, like the state and the local San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District. But a recent state law is taking on a new strategy: Putting air quality in the hands of the community. And one person who’s excited about the opportunity is […]

Tulare County towns to get energy upgrades through grants

Five Tulare County low-income towns will get state funds to install gas and or electric lines and appliances. Approved this month by the California Public Utilities Commission, the program will fund a pilot effort to replace propane and wood-burning appliances with either natural gas — including line extensions — or all electric appliances for 11 […]