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CA green energy market snags on price glitch

Tuesday, November 18th, 2014
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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 ...

High-speed rail takes two more swipes at CEQA

Monday, November 17th, 2014

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 En...

High-speed rail seeks to run over CEQA

Thursday, November 6th, 2014
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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 env...

Little Hoover questions green energy costs

Thursday, November 6th, 2014
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  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...

Prop. 1 would follow $32 billion past water bonds

Tuesday, November 4th, 2014

  Proposition 1 on today's ballot marks the first time in 50 years California has proposed building at least two new major dams and reservoirs. If voters concur, by 2023 dams would be built with the $7.5 billion water bond. An important consideration is how the 21 previous water bonds i...

CARB rejects delay for ‘hidden gas tax’

Tuesday, November 4th, 2014

  The California Air Resources Board rejected pleas at its latest meeting to delay bringing transportation fuels into the cap-and-trade program – despite arguments that it will result in higher gas prices, cost thousands of jobs and harm the state’s poorest residents. Cap-and-trade wa...

8 of 9 Water Bond Czars hail from NorCal

Thursday, October 30th, 2014

  Call them Water Bond Czars. They’re the nine members of the California Water Commission and will decide how to implement Proposition 1, the $7.5 billion water bond on the Nov. 4 ballot, should voters pass it. While most media have focused on what’s in the bond, little attention h...

Stormwater tax drowns voters

Tuesday, October 21st, 2014
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California is embarking on a program of capturing storm water from flood control channels for urban landscaping at high costs.  And stormwater capture projects won’t require voter approval under Proposition 218, the Right to Vote on Taxes Act, because courts have ruled stormwater recapture is no...

Counties vie for ‘disadvantaged’ cap-and-trade bucks

Thursday, October 16th, 2014
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  In the fictional town of Lake Woebegon, all of the children are above average. But in the real world of California, all of the counties are disadvantaged. Or so it seemed at a recent California Air Resources Board meeting as officials from all over the state poor-mouthed their districts...

Tiered pricing ends up subsidizing solar panels for the rich

Wednesday, October 15th, 2014
Tiered electricity pricing

  In a new development for energy conservation, it turns out charging more for electricity, the more juice is used, could be bad for the environment. This "tiered pricing" is also called Increasing Block Pricing. IBP is pushing some homeowners into installing uneconomic rooftop solar pan...

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