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Independence Day from foreign energy?

July 4th, 2014 By Wayne Lusvardi. As today we celebrate America's independence from Great Britain, it might also be time to celebrate our independence from foreign energy. Alas, California isn't playing its part. During the 1973 Arab Oil Embargo and the 1979 Iranian Revolution, there were long lines of cars at California service stations due to gasoline shortages.  In 1979, customers could only buy gas on alternate d...

CA hydropower advances

June 20th, 2014 By Wayne Lusvardi.   To service California's electricity market, hydropower finally is advancing. Currently, California needs to import cheap, water-based electricity hydropower from nearby states to bail out its power grid when solar power fades out at the sunset hours of each day. So it's good news the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission just gave approval for California’s electric grid o...

Sick leave bill could kill jobs, cut hours

June 17th, 2014 By Dave Roberts.   An Assembly bill requiring employers to provide paid sick leave could result in nearly a million California workers either losing their jobs or having their hours cut. Assembly Bill 1522, which passed the Assembly and is making its way through the state Senate, would require businesses to provide paid sick leave for employees who work seven or more days in a year. Sick time ...

CA utilities outfoxing Cap and Trade law

June 5th, 2014 By Wayne Lusvardi.   This is Part 2 of a two-part series on Cap and Trade. Part 1 is here. Recent news about California’s cap-and-trade emissions program is like reading a Spy vs. Spy comic strip in an old Mad Magazine, where spies try to outfox each other with booby traps. There is a paper war going on backstage between California municipal utilities, public regulated utilities and out-of-...
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