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CA green energy market snags on price glitch

November 18th, 2014 By Wayne Lusvardi. Call it a green-energy glitch. Central planning of California’s green-energy market has run into a price glitch with the launching of its Energy Imbalance Market, which was meant to balance solar power and natural gas power at dusk each day. California’s green-energy market mainly is a joint venture of California’s grid operator, Cal-ISO, and Warren Buffett’s PacifiCorp system...

High-speed rail takes two more swipes at CEQA

November 17th, 2014 By Kathy Hamilton. This is the second in a series of articles updating the status of the California high-speed rail project in the wake of the California Supreme Court green-lighting bond funding. The first article covered two earlier attempts by the California High-Speed Rail Authority to get around the California Environmental Quality Act. This article covers two more attempts. In his 2013 State o...

High-speed rail seeks to run over CEQA

November 6th, 2014 By Kathy Hamilton. This is the first in a series of articles updating the status of the California high-speed rail project in the wake of the California Supreme Court green-lighting bond funding. Proponents insist a major reason for building the California high-speed rail project is to improve the state’s environment. Yet ironically, the project is aiming to run over state environmental law. Th...

Little Hoover questions green energy costs

November 6th, 2014 By Wayne Lusvardi.   Gov. Jerry Brown is on a political roll. He won re-election and passage of an historic $7.5 billion water bond that contains funding for the first surface water storage projects in 50 years. But that hasn’t deterred the Little Hoover Commission, an independent state oversight agency, from sending a letter to Brown asking: “In enacting the Renewable Energy Portfolio Sta...
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