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Hanford takes steps in Community Choice Aggregation plan

HANFORD — The Hanford City Council had a full agenda for its meeting Tuesday night, which included discussions on Community Choice Aggregation and a new playground at Lacey Park. Community Choice Aggregation In December 2018, Council adopted an ordinance that established a Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) program and approved an implementation plan and statement of […]

Cows, almonds and asthma: San Joaquin Valley’s agriculture and air issues

Excerpted from “CHOKED: Life and Breath in the Age of Air Pollution,” (University of Chicago Press, 2019) by Beth Gardiner. Highway 99 cuts down the middle of the San Joaquin Valley, hot and dusty. The trucks that ceaselessly crowd this road hurtle by, or ride close on my tail, as I drive a behemoth of […]

Rural Electric Co-ops Dive Into Gas-Killing Solar Panels + Farmland Fray

Fasten your seatbelts, it’s going to be a bumpy legislative session over in the great state of Michigan, where policy makers are considering the idea that putting solar panels on farmland is a good thing. If the state does relax its restrictions, look for other US states to amp up the solar power rush. If […]

University of the Pacific ranked in top 5 nationwide for renewable energy fleet

STOCKTON — University of the Pacific ranked fourth among the top five schools with the highest percentage of campus-owned vehicles that are 100 percent electric, according to a survey by the Environment America Research and Policy Center. Pacific checked in at 73.9 percent behind No. 1 Ringling College of Art and Design in Florida at […]

Municipalities Taking Another Look At Community Choice Energy

With Pacific Gas & Electric Co. filing for bankruptcy protection in wake of its wildfire liability issues, and more attention being paid to the environment, energy is at the top of many minds these days. Some cities and counties in the state, including some in the Central Valley, are once again exploring Community Choice Aggregation […]

More super-sized solar could be coming to California

In the most inspiring of ways, California is a very selfish state. It seems that every time massive development is announced somewhere in the country, it isn’t long until the Golden State takes notice and yells “Wait, wait, look at ME!” with some more massive news. Welp, the same is true this week. You may have […]

Community Choice Energy a Plus

I read with interest the “It is time to revisit Community Choice Energy for the Central Valley” by Al Galvéz (The Bee, March 23). I have heard about Community Choice energy and think the Fresno County Board of Supervisors and the Fresno City Council should be proactive in looking into this opportunity. I am afflicted […]

California Already Has a Green New Deal. Here’s How It Works

Republicans in the Senate uniformly voted against the Green New Deal earlier this week. President Donald Trump thinks it can help him win re-election. And conservative pundits on cable news regularly rail against it. But 3,000 miles away, the former Republican mayor of Fresno, a conservative hub of California’s Central Valley, sounds very different. When […]

Power to the people: How Fresno community spoke out and helped sway two policy decisions

The following is an excerpt: Flores and Brudenell are members of the AB 617 South Central Fresno Community steering committee, whose purpose is to help guide the Valley Air District on how to best spend $80 million in state money designated to curb air pollution. Both were dissatisfied with the air district’s manner of discourse. Flores aired her […]

It is time to revisit Community Choice Energy for the Central Valley

In the early 2000s the Central Valley was a pioneer in evaluating a then obscure California policy known as Community Choice Aggregation, more commonly known as Community Choice Energy. The San Joaquin Valley Power Authority weathered technical, legal, and marketing efforts from PG&E, and was ultimately overcome by the economic calamity of 2008. In its […]