Why green power won’t replace nukes

Wednesday, December 17th, 2014

  Last year Southern California Edison mothballed its 2.3 gigawatt San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station. As reported at the time, the actual reason probably was mechanical defects caused from retrofitting the plant to ramp up and down rapidly to back up erratic green power. ...

Green power shocking big utilities

Wednesday, December 10th, 2014
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Peter Rumble, an outgoing Sonoma County administrator, recently announced the formation of California Clean Power, a new private company where he serves as CEO. According to Rumble, the mission of CCP is “to provide cleaner power at a lower cost with local control.”  They plan to do this by ...

Tax board criticized for delays

Wednesday, December 10th, 2014

  California’s Franchise Tax Board is taking too long to complete audits and resolve taxpayers’ refund claims, protests and appeals, costing businesses hundreds of millions of dollars, according to the California Taxpayers Association. Gina Rodriquez, vice president of state tax polic...

Oil taxes fuel state budget

Thursday, December 4th, 2014
oil's well that ends well

The group Californians Against Fracking seeks to eliminate oil and gas drilling by hydraulic fracturing methods, called “fracking,” statewide in California. A post-election article by David Atkins in the Washington Monthly, and cross-posted on the CAF website, lamented the defeat of Measur...

Hoover Dam low water to double water costs to SoCal

Friday, November 28th, 2014
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  California is facing yet another drought-caused water and energy shortage from an unexpected source.  Hoover Dam’s hydroelectric power may have to be curtailed if the water level drops below 1,000 feet, an elevation it last reached in May 1936, when the reservoir was still being filled...

Is CA prepared for Ebola?

Wednesday, November 26th, 2014
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  The Ebola virus has yet to hit California, but it’s likely coming, according to state health officials. They say the state is prepared, but nurses on the health care front lines aren’t so sure. “Given the spread of Ebola in West Africa and world travel, we should not be surprised ...

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 jo...

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

  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...

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