California

Farmers Conclude Grain Harvest

SB 594, a law that went into effect in PG&E utility territory February 2014, now allows property owners to aggregate the electricity load of multiple utility meters scattered throughout a single parcel or multiple continuous parcels and credit the bills with a single “Net Metered” installation. This new program is called ‘Net Meter Aggregation’ and… Keep reading →

Schwarzenegger Holds Press Conference On Passing Of California Budget

California is at the vanguard of the green movement and eco-friendly policy among US states. It sets the standard for environmental legislation and regulations that promote sustainability and good stewardship of natural resources. Here are six innovative ways California is going green. Clean Car Regulations   California got in front of the harmful emissions from… Keep reading →

6th International Hydrogen & Fuel Cell Expo Begins

California, facing a bit of a chicken or egg dilemma, is plunging ahead on building a hydrogen fueling infrastructure. The hope is that doing so will open the door to fuel-cell vehicle adoption – and at least one big carmaker is getting in on the effort. Legislation signed by Gov. Jerry Brown last fall included… Keep reading →

Traffic Congestion Costs Motorists Extra 38 Hrs A Week And Hundreds Of Dollars

The oil industry continues to try to beat back California’s pioneering clean energy policies.  But we at Consumers Union believe their efforts will ultimately fail. That’s because California’s families and businesses are better served by having more energy choices, a level playing field for alternative energy producers, and a focus on efficiency and clean energy… Keep reading →

Germany Invests Heavily In Solar Energy

The Obama stimulus planted the seeds, and now big solar is sprouting in the desert Southwest. The U.S. Department of Energy on Tuesday announced that the Agua Caliente solar project in Yuma, Arizona, was now fully online, producing up to 290 megawatts of power, making it the world’s largest photovoltaic plant. Agua Caliente was backed… Keep reading →

Solar Energy Remains Popular For Private Homeowners

Sunverge sees a future in building and managing customer energy-storage systems as utility assets. Ken Munson, CEO of Stockton, Calif.-based startup Sunverge Energy, doesn’t want you to think of his company’s product as a “battery in a box,” backing up a roof full of solar panels — even if that’s one very accurate way to describe… Keep reading →

UK's First Large-Scale Desalination Plant In Operation

In parched California, desalination of seawater is becoming an increasingly attractive option for potable water. In Saudi Arabia, more than two dozen desal plants already provide some 70 percent of the water used in cities. Australia, too, has in recent years embraced salt removal as a path to assuring the availability of drinking water. You… Keep reading →

moapa-solar-groundbreaking

Last Friday was a momentous day for the Moapa Band of Paiute in Nevada. Joined by executives of First Solar, the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, and numerous dignitaries, including U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, tribal leaders and community members broke ground on the 250-megawatt Moapa Southern Paiute Solar Project on the… Keep reading →

Work Crew Installs Solar Power Panels In Santa Monica

When it comes to protecting the environment and fighting climate change, California has always been a first mover. Now the state is boldly acting to unleash a new market that saves energy, cuts pollution, and drastically increases clean energy investment for California’s residents. Last week, California approved a $10 million reserve that will revive the Property… Keep reading →

Distributor Offloads Oil From Barge

Up to 150,000 b/d of Bakken crude oil currently passes through Albany via rail and/or barge on its way to East Coast refineries and other destinations. Read Breaking Energy coverage of rail transport capacity expansion at the Phillips 66 Bayway Refinery in New Jersey here. Some are concerned about the crude oil transport increases Albany… Keep reading →

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