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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 […]

Effort to improve Fresno air quality underway. Will district blow off committee’s vote?

On a recent evening, a group of frustrated adults sounded off inside the Boys and Girls Club gymnasium on Cedar Avenue in southeast Fresno. “I’m really questioning what we’re doing here,” said one. “I feel like my time is being wasted,” said another, speaking in Spanish. “Treat us with respect,” added a third. “I feel […]

Stockton City Council votes unanimously to pursue Community Choice Energy

Vote seeks grant and technical study With one councilmember absent, the seven member Stockton City Council voted 6-0 at their March 19th council meeting to seek a grant offered by Sonoma Clean Power in order to fund a technical study on Community Choice Energy for that city. Jim Parks of Valley Clean Energy delivered the […]

Taking a spin on an electric tractor…

With a view of the future? This past weekend I had the opportunity to visit the ranch of Steve Heckeroth, architect, legendary clean energy pioneer, inventor, former contributing editor for Mother Earth News, and in this instance, creator of the Solectrac electric drive tractor. Steve’s ranch, and e-tractor manufacturing operation, is located along the Mendocino […]

Cummins to Provide the United States Postal Service with Eight Fully-Electric Vehicles in California

COLUMBUS, Ind.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Cummins Inc. (NYSE: CMI) has begun delivering eight Cummins-powered all-electric vehicles to the United States Postal Service (USPS). The fully-electric Cummins PowerDrive equipped vans are expected to eliminate vehicle emissions and reduce fuel and maintenance costs. The pilot program, made possible by a grant from the California Air Resources Board to the San […]

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 […]