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Placing power lines underground is an expensive way to reduce fire danger

The worst fire in California history took off at a spot notorious for its intense winds. The gusts — some topping 100 mph — blow down the Feather River Canyon each fall. They push into the town of Paradise with force, powered by high-pressure air parked over the Great Basin that moves through this narrow […]

As California Wildfire Season Looms, Finding Tree Trimmers Is a New Problem

OAKHURST, Calif. — Pacific Gas & Electric has a big problem. Its equipment keeps coming into contact with dry trees and shrubs and starting devastating wildfires. So the company is scrambling to trim or cut down hundreds of thousands of trees across its vast Northern California territory. But it has another problem: finding people to […]

Free workshops on energy efficiency for home and business

Energy Savings Solutions is a series of free educational workshops in Grass Valley starting this spring. Offered will be cost-effective strategies for conserving energy and water at their home or business while still maintaining comfort. In conjunction with the Grass Valley Energy Action Plan approved last fall, the aim of the workshop series is to […]

Power companies want to dodge clean energy goals by counting in old dams

California power companies have an appealing but flawed argument with the state’s goal of 100% clean energy by 2045. They want existing dams that churn out carbon-free electricity to count toward that mark, making it easier and cheaper to meet their climate-friendly obligations. A pending bill, SB386, sounds narrow and focused, but it’s not. It […]

Nevada City presentation: cutting carbon via the marketplace

A workshop on carbon pricing marketplace strategies will take place at 7 p.m. on May 16 in the Community Room of the Madelyn Helling Library in Nevada City. Donations are welcome. Scientists estimate that the world has around 12 years to get control of greenhouse gas emissions to avoid the worst consequences of the climate […]

Trump plan for fracking 1 million acres in California bad for Yosemite, opponents say

The Trump Administration announced a plan this week to open up more than 1 million acres of land to fracking — a plan environmentalists argue could affect protected national parks. The Bureau of Land Management released an environmental impact statement on Thursday that considers new oil and gas development on 1.6 million acres across central and Southern […]

A sustainable Truckee: town working toward 100 percent renewable energy goal

Truckee is moving closer towards its sustainability goals with preliminary plans on how to power town facilities with 100% renewable electricity by 2020. However, town staff is still on a tight deadline. In November 2017, the town council adopted its 2020 goal, as well as intentions to power the community with 100% renewable electricity and […]

CalCom Energy solar projects offset 75% of California utility’s power use

CalCom Energy and Bella Vista Water District announced the completion of a 693-kW solar project to provide clean energy for the utility’s use in Redding, California. The system will advance the district’s sustainability efforts, improve resiliency and reduce costs by offsetting electricity used to pump water throughout the district. The project is the second solar PV system installed […]

California Tribe’s DIY Electric Grid

I was working at a private insurance firm in Sacramento, California, and the Blue Lake Rancheria tribe in Humboldt County came in to look for insurance coverage. I got to know them, and they got to know me. I found that working with a tribal government is much more interesting than insurance. Go figure. I […]

Paying dividends: Climate group gets carbon-fee bill to Congress

In climatology, the term “tipping point” typically conveys bad news. Headlines with it signal pending thresholds for global warming, polar ice melt, sea level rise and other crises. When climate leaves a stable state—when a tiny change can trigger a massive effect, on the system as a whole—that’s what scientists mean by a tipping point. […]