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Bird deaths complicate renewable energy push

December 26th, 2013 By Wayne Lusvardi.   On Dec. 19, San Diego Gas and Electric filed suit against NaturEner, which operates wind farms in Montana. The suit alleged NaturEner did not meet its contractual requirements to preserve eagles, raptors, bats and other protected bird species for electricity sent to California. A renewable energy company in Madrid, Spain owns San Francisco-based NaturEner. The lawsuit is the fi...

Lawsuit threatens teachers unions’ power

December 20th, 2013 By Dave Roberts. “Money is the mother’s milk of politics”           -- Former Assembly Speaker Jesse ‘Big Daddy’ Unruh The California Teachers Association has poured more than $150 million into state politics in the past decade – most of it going to Democratic candidates and liberal ballot measures. That kind of spending makes the 325,000-member CTA one of the greatest political forces...

San Francisco botches energy co-op rollout

December 16th, 2013 By Wayne Lusvardi.   Obamacare isn't the only new government program suffering problems. San Francisco is getting jolted by its new Community Choice Aggregation program, which the U.S. Department of Energy defines in general as, "a state policy that enables local governments to aggregate electricity demand within their jurisdictions in order to procure alternative energy supplies while maintaining the ...

Solar power no help during CA’s late peak winter hours

December 13th, 2013 By Wayne Lusvardi.   Solar power is popular nowadays as a "renewable," non-polluting energy source. It helps California comply with AB32, the Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006, which mandates a 25 percent reduction in greenhouse gases in the state by 2020. “Even on short winter days, California is breaking solar energy records,” declared environmental writer Chris Clarke on the website of KC...
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