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Russia’s Gazprom has struggled to assert dominance on the global energy market, prompting speculation the energy giant could be on the brink of folding. [Yahoo] California has failed to deliver on the clean energy jobs promised following the passing of the Clean Energy Jobs Act in 2012, according to the latest figures. [The NY Times]… Keep reading →

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Close to a third of the world’s 37 largest aquifers are being drained faster than they are being replenished, according to a recent study by scientists at the University of California, Irvine. “The aquifers are concentrated in food-producing regions that support up to two billion people. A companion study indicates that the total amount of water in… Keep reading →

Renewable Energy Update – June 2015

Germany Debates Its Energy Future

The California Senate approved a sweeping package of climate change bills designed to cement the Golden State’s reputation as a national leader in the fight against global warming.

Schwarzenegger Holds Press Conference On Passing Of California Budget

It’s always inspiring to see people stand up and fight for issues that matter to them. In our world, when politics can at times seem petty or backwards, it’s especially uplifting to see politicians do this. And that’s exactly what’s happening inside California’s state capitol. The three most powerful political leaders in the state –… Keep reading →

California Adopts Sweeping Plan To Combat Greenhouse Gas Emissions

The desert Southwest will be the hardest hit.  The effects of climate change could hamper electric generating capacity in the Western U.S. during peak summertime energy use by about 3 percent on average, and up to nearly 9 percent if there is ongoing drought. A new study from Arizona State University looked at the effects… Keep reading →

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A great thing happened today for the environment and people of California. On the very day we released new maps measuring methane leaking from natural gas lines under Los Angeles-area streets, the Southern California Gas Company (SoCalGas) announced they would begin publishing their own maps showing the locations of leaks they find on their system. It… Keep reading →

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Nothing’s changed in the long run; California is still aiming to cut its greenhouse gas emissions 80 percent from 1990 levels by 2050. But with one marker along the way – parity with 1990 emissions by 2020 – apparently in the bag, Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday set a bold new interim target: a reduction of… Keep reading →

Future Uncertain For Nuclear Energy In California

Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant owner Pacific Gas & Electric has issued a couple of seismic studies in the past year – one last September and then another last month. The latest conclusion from the utility: “New Analyses Show Diablo Canyon Safe From Extreme Natural Events.” But Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer is skeptical of PG&E… Keep reading →

Drought Dries Up California Groundwater Sources

It’s inevitable. In comments to nearly every story about California’s drought, someone will rage that if Gov. Jerry Brown really wanted to do something to save water, he’d put an end to fracking in the state. This line of thinking was highlighted on social media recently when the Sierra Club tweeted a link to a… Keep reading →

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“The potential of air strikes on Yemen by Saudi Arabia, the biggest oil producer in OPEC, could throw world oil markets into volatility.” While Yemen contributes less than 0.2 percent of global oil output, its location puts it near the center of world energy trade. The nation shares a border with Saudi Arabia, the world’s… Keep reading →

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