“An environmental consultant will be chosen within the next few weeks to conduct a master Environmental Impact Report for Imperial County, which would start the process of determining the best places locally for renewable energy.
“The Imperial County received a $700,000 grant earlier this year from the California Energy Commission allowing it to work on two things: a general plan for the county and an EIR.”
“The Rim Fire is a sad reminder that wildfires are a growing threat to public health, safety and the water and power supplies for large parts of California. California can significantly reduce those risks by investing in small, sustainable forest biomass facilities that would use green waste to create renewable energy.”
From the Riverside Press-Enterprise Sacramento Bureau:
“Newly amended legislation urges California power regulators to encourage the use of geothermal power to help meet the state’s renewable energy targets, with a long-term goal of generating money to repair the Salton Sea.”
“According to new reports from the U.S. Department of Energy, the nation’s wind power sector is growing faster than ever before. … Texas leads the nation in wind power with 12 gigawatts of wind capacity, more than twice what we have here in California.”
“The age of natural gas fracking is upon us, and the debate about how hydraulic fracturing will be done in California has begun. Even assuming conservative estimates of natural gas reserves in the lower 48 states, the United States could easily move from a coal-based electrical portfolio to one that is based on natural gas. So why invest in renewable energies when natural gas is so cheap and for the time being, plentiful?
“Wind turbines tend to be overshadowed by solar power projects, which get most of the attention from the public and policymakers. That’s the case again in a new government plan for renewable energy projects in the California desert.”
“By spring, San Francisco will launch CleanPowerSF, a 100 percent renewable energy alternative to PG&E power. …
“Other California municipalities are already seeing the benefits of this model. Marin County has operated a thriving community-choice aggregation program for the past two years and Sonoma County is pressing forward with its own initiative.”
“The first U.S. offshore wind turbine hooked into the U.S. power grid in June, but not in the ‘green’ state of California. …
“California is the state most associated with alternative energy development, yet the state’s greatest potential source of clean power (and its main geographic feature), the Pacific Ocean, is largely ignored.”
“The Imperial Irrigation District has reached an agreement with the California Independent System Operator that allows the IID to control the interconnection and transmission of renewable energy projects in its service territory that bypass the district’s grid.”
“Energy officials told a Senate committee Wednesday that the permanent closure of the San Onofre nuclear power plant shouldn’t result in a regional or statewide power shortage, but it could undercut affect of the state’s environmental goals.”
“Rivaling the Sahara Desert in solar intensity, California’s Mojave Desert is again attracting plans for industrial-scale solar and wind projects on pristine public land near Death Valley National Park and the Mojave National Preserve, two of the largest parks in the Lower 48 states.
“The proposals are drawing fire from area residents and a prominent conservation group.”
“The standoff between Santa Rosa and the officials overseeing Sonoma County’s planned public power agency is growing increasingly tense, with each side hardening its stance about conditions for joining the agency and ramping up the political rhetoric as the key vote approaches Tuesday.”
“President Barack Obama announced during his recent trip to Africa that the United States would be investing in a new ‘Power Africa’ initiative, backed by $7 billion in federal funding and another $9 billion coming from the private sector. …
“Among the programs identified for funding under ‘Power Africa’ are the U.S.