State facing flood protection shortfall

Thursday, January 22nd, 2015
Sacramento flood 1862

  With California mired in the third year of drought, it might seem strange that an Assembly committee recently held a hearing on flooding. That is, unless you’re one of the 6.6 million northern California residents who received a National Weather Service Flash Flood Warning last month aft...

Will Little Hoover compel green-energy testimony?

Wednesday, December 31st, 2014
Little Hoover Rewiring California

  Here’s the 13,000-megawatt question to be answered in 2015: Will the Little Hoover Commission begin issuing subpoenas in 2015 to compel Gov. Jerry Brown and California legislative leaders to meet green energy accountability requirements spelled out in its 2012 report, “Rewiring Cal...

Oil tech for CA: From Russia, with love?

Tuesday, December 30th, 2014
Plasma Pulse Technology

  On Jan. 1 California’s fracking law drills in – just as the price of oil has dropped to its lowest levels of recent years. And just as something new from Russia, Plasma Pulse Technology, may make fracking superfluous. Senate Bill 4 was sponsored by state Sen. Fran Pavley, D-Los Ange...

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
Sonoma 1b

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 ...

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
Hoover Dam wikimedia

  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...

CA green energy market snags on price glitch

Tuesday, November 18th, 2014
pink floyd dark side of the moon album cover

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
Railroad crossing sign

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...

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