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CA will struggle to meet key energy goal of governor

A Hoover Institution scholar continues to provide a fresh take on the state of California’s energy policies, highlighting their hidden agendas and examining their feasibility. Previously, a CalWatchdog.com story covered Carson Bruno’s research showing that the state of California has far

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Credibility crisis comes as PUC faces tough decisions

The recent series of scandals involving the California Public Utiities Commission hang like a pall over the regulatory agency. Recently deposed PUC President Michael Peevey’s swapping of favors with Pacific Gas & Electric and his surreptitious work with Southern California

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Reaching 50 percent renewable goal won’t be easy  

Yesterday Democratic leaders in the California Senate introduced a series of bills to move the state to a goal of 50 percent renewable energy by 2030. That would be an increase from the current goal of 33 percent by 2020. The goal also

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Gov. Brown boosts energy-policy leverage

Gov. Jerry Brown believes it will take “pragmatic caution” and “active collaboration” to achieve his goal of seeing half of the state’s energy come from renewable sources by 2030. “How we achieve these goals and at what pace will take great thought

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AB 32-type policies haunt, harm European economy

California's headlong rush to force a broad switch to cleaner-but-costlier energy has long been depicted as something that's either neutral or beneficial for the state's economy, with little or no downside. AB 32 and other state laws mandating use of

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State promotes renewable energy at all costs 5

June 15, 2012 By Joseph Perkins The California Public Utilities Commission routinely rubber stamps renewable energy projects without discussion. But that was not the case this past Thursday, when Commissioner Michael Florio objected to a solar project that came before

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State Pushing Sub-Prime Energy Home Loans 13

May 24, 2012 By Wayne Lusvardi Wasn’t the sub-prime disaster of the last decade bad enough? From 2003 to 2007, it was likely the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN) helping unqualified low-income renters fill out sub-prime home

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California Energy Crash Coming 7

FEB. 8, 2012 By KATY GRIMES Ready for more electricity blackouts? With California’s renewable energy mandates, cap and trade requirements, and implementation of AB 32, it is becoming increasingly clear that California is at a precarious energy crossroads, and one

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Markets ‘Crush’ Brown's Windmill Fantasy 3

JULY 29, 2011 By WAYNE LUSVARDI With the swagger of a boxer before a match, on July 24 Gov. Jerry Brown said he would “crush” any efforts to block renewable energy projects in California. Brown apparently was referring to efforts

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99% Chance of Budget Today 0

John Seiler: There’s a 99 percent chance the Legislature will pass a budget today; with the other 1 percent accounting for tomorrow. They’ll use whatever “gimmicks” they need, tax increases or no tax increases. The reason was reported yesterday by

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