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PG&E: Worker reported flames near power equipment at Camp Fire origin site

Pacific Gas and Electric Co. said Tuesday one of its employees spotted flames near a transmission tower close to the time and place the monstrous Camp Fire roared to life one month ago in Butte County. In a letter to California utility regulators, PG&E said at about 6:30 a.m. on Nov. 8, an unnamed employee spotted a […]

Letter: Paradise can reinvent itself as green city

The Camp Fire firestorm just made our climate crises personal: Paradise Lost, 56 dead so far. Paradise City Council members are talking about lowering building standards to rebuild faster. Buildings in Sonoma where Santa Rosa suffered a similar fate two years ago, is just now beginning to rebuild. According to licensed contractors, it will take […]

PG&E Transmission Line May Be Tied to Disastrous Butte County Fire

PG&E has informed state regulators that it experienced an incident early Thursday on a major electrical transmission line at a remote site in Butte County just minutes before the reported start of the devastating Camp Fire. In a brief report filed with the California Public Utilities Commission, the company said a power outage was recorded on its […]

Power Politics: The growing number of publicly owned CCAs offer cheaper and cleaner electricity than for-profit utilities — so are they viable in the long-term?

David Baker has noticed a change in his energy bill. The president of RobbJack, a Lincoln-based manufacturer of carbide cutting tools, used to get his electricity from Pacific Gas & Electric, until this past February when Pioneer Community Energy launched in Placer County. Baker says representatives from Pioneer worked closely with him on a plan […]

Clean Air Victory for San Joaquin Valley, Yosemite and Sequoia Kings Canyon National Parks

FRESNO, Calif – In a significant legal victory for clean air advocates, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California has ordered the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to enact deadlines for the State of California to submit plans to regulate fine particle air pollution in the San Joaquin Valley. The court order responds to a lawsuit […]

Lee Vining’s Pioneer Pavilion Small Step for a Big Idea–Solar EV Charging at the Eastern Gateway to Yosemite

Community activists have raised a solar pavilion in the small town of Lee Vining that they plan to use for charging electric vehicles (EVs). Dubbed the Pioneer Pavilion, the project is part of an ambitious effort by a local Climate Action Group to make the town on the east side of the Sierra Nevada more […]

Local government energy-buying idea bruised by ruling

The effort of Butte County and Chico to form an agency to buy electrical power for their citizens suffered a blow Thursday, but it’s unclear just how severe a blow it was. The state Public Utilities Commission approved a set of costs for customers who leave PG&E or the state’s other investor-owned utilities (IOUs) to […]

Squaw Valley’s plan to use Tesla to lower risk to skiers and to snow

Andy Wirth seems to never lack enthusiasm. He jumps into everything 100 percent. This has gotten him into deep trouble at least once. After arriving in California to run Squaw Valley in 2010, he took up skydiving. On a windy day in 2013, he was blown toward electrical transmission lines. To avoid them he instead […]

Meetings scheduled on government power-buying proposal

Meetings are planned in Chico and Oroville to provide information and take feedback on a proposal that would see Butte County and Chico buying electrical power for their citizens. Under a community choice aggregation program, a government entity buys power on the open market, which can result in savings. Locally, PG&E would still deliver the […]

Nevada City United Methodist Church: Clean, sustainable energy for Nevada County

NEVADA CITY, Calif. August 31, 2018 – “We are committed to approaching creation, energy production, and especially creation’s resources in a responsible, careful and economic way. We call upon all to take measures to save energy…..We strongly advocate for the priority of the development of renewable energies”. Taken from the SOCIAL PRINCIPLES OF THE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH, […]