NEW: Experts question legality of cap-and-trade for high-speed rail

Thursday, April 24th, 2014
High-speed rail front page

Editor’s Note: This is Part 3 of a series looking in depth at the latest hearing in the state Senate on California’s high-speed rail blueprint. Part 1 is here. Part 2 is here. California’s high-speed rail project has problems in many areas, as this series has noted. A special problem, e...

Sen. DeSaulnier grills high-speed rail CEO on funding

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014
De Saulnier

Editor's Note: This is Part 2 of a series looking in depth at the latest hearing in the state Senate on California’s high-speed rail blueprint. Part 1 is here. Skepticism took center stage as the Senate Transportation and Housing Committee held hearings on Gov. Jerry Brown’s proposal to u...

Will new community power beat PG&E prices?

Wednesday, April 9th, 2014
Sonoma Clean Power

  Sonoma Clean Power officials and advocates got a charge from recent news that 95 percent of county eligible ratepayers will be switched to their electricity service from Pacific Gas & Electric. The switch was automatic, although ratepayers could opt out of the switch and remain with PG&am...

State Senate hearing casts doubt on high-speed rail

Monday, April 7th, 2014
State Senate hearing casts doubt on high-speed rail

  Editor's Note: This is Part 1 of a series looking in depth at the latest hearing in the state Senate on California’s high-speed rail blueprint. California's high-speed rail project keeps running into obstacles along its track to construction. The March 27, 2014 hearing of the Senate Tr...

CA green power keeps shifting costs to ratepayers

Thursday, April 3rd, 2014

  California Energy Markets recently reported that three California cities just won agreement from regulators to reclassify solar power transmission costs as distribution. The cities are Pasadena, Riverside and Azusa. That means the cities reaped a 25 percent reduction in long-term sol...

Gov. Brown, Legislature push groundwater regulation

Friday, March 14th, 2014
Water chart

This is Part 1 of a two-part series. Due to the current compound drought and water storage shortage, California legislators are considering enacting groundwater regulation over the entire Central Valley aquifer. Some recent developments: State Sen. Fran Pavley, D-Agoura Hills, chairperson of ...

Will ripping out home lawns conserve water?

Wednesday, March 12th, 2014
California water chart, Metropolitan Water Distrrict

  During the first week of March, Mother Nature herself violated numerous calls by Gov. Jerry Brown and municipalities for home owners to conserve water -- by showering home lawns for several days. We can't stop Mother Nature. But cities now actually are pushing people to rip up their lawns...

Drought: What’s the best way to save water and energy?

Thursday, March 6th, 2014
Save water and energy - state image

  It is being widely touted in the media that water conservation obviously not only saves water but also saves energy.  Water is free, but the cost to capture, convey and treat it is not. It's worth asking, and answering: Which sector has the greatest potential for water energy conservation...

High-speed rail: Where’s the money?

Wednesday, March 5th, 2014
Hamilton Figure 3

This is Part 3 of a three-part series on the new Draft 2014 Business Plan of the California High-Speed Rail Authority. Part 1 was about the questions raised by the plan. Part 2 was about California’s 3rd District Court of Appeal keeping the train chugging for now. The Godzilla roaring in the c...

LAO: Bullet train could increase greenhouse gases by 2020

Tuesday, March 4th, 2014

  Gov. Jerry Brown’s plan to spend the lion’s share of cap-and-trade auction revenue on the high-speed rail project won’t help the state meet its goal of reducing greenhouse-gas emissions by 2020, according to a recent Legislative Analyst’s Office report. It could actually make things wo...

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