“An environmental consultant will be chosen within the next few
weeks to conduct a master Environmental Impact Report for
Imperial County, which would start the process of determining
the best places locally for renewable energy.
“The Imperial County received a $700,000 grant earlier this
year from the California Energy Commission allowing it to work
on two things: a general plan for the county and an EIR.”
“The Rim Fire is a sad reminder that wildfires are a growing
threat to public health, safety and the water and power supplies
for large parts of California. California can significantly
reduce those risks by investing in small, sustainable forest
biomass facilities that would use green waste to create renewable
From the Riverside Press-Enterprise Sacramento Bureau:
“Newly amended legislation urges California power regulators to
encourage the use of geothermal power to help meet the state’s
renewable energy targets, with a long-term goal of generating
money to repair the Salton Sea.”
“According to new reports from the U.S. Department of Energy, the
nation’s wind power sector is growing faster than ever before.
… Texas leads the nation in wind power with 12 gigawatts
of wind capacity, more than twice what we have here in
“The age of natural gas fracking is upon us, and the debate about
how hydraulic fracturing will be done in California has begun.
Even assuming conservative estimates of natural gas reserves in
the lower 48 states, the United States could easily move from a
coal-based electrical portfolio to one that is based on natural
gas. So why invest in renewable energies when natural gas is so
cheap and for the time being, plentiful?
“Wind turbines tend to be overshadowed by solar power projects,
which get most of the attention from the public and policymakers.
That’s the case again in a new government plan for renewable
energy projects in the California desert.”
“By spring, San Francisco will launch CleanPowerSF, a 100
percent renewable energy alternative to PG&E power. …
“Other California municipalities are already seeing the
benefits of this model. Marin County has operated a thriving
community-choice aggregation program for the past two years and
Sonoma County is pressing forward with its own initiative.”
“The first U.S. offshore wind turbine hooked into the U.S.
power grid in June, but not in the ‘green’ state of California.
“California is the state most associated with alternative
energy development, yet the state’s greatest potential source
of clean power (and its main geographic feature), the Pacific
Ocean, is largely ignored.”
“The Imperial Irrigation District has reached an agreement with
the California Independent System Operator that allows the IID to
control the interconnection and transmission of renewable energy
projects in its service territory that bypass the district’s
“Energy officials told a Senate committee Wednesday that the
permanent closure of the San Onofre nuclear power plant shouldn’t
result in a regional or statewide power shortage, but it could
undercut affect of the state’s environmental goals.”
“Rivaling the Sahara Desert in solar intensity, California’s
Mojave Desert is again attracting plans for industrial-scale
solar and wind projects on pristine public land near Death
Valley National Park and the Mojave National Preserve, two of
the largest parks in the Lower 48 states.
“The proposals are drawing fire from area residents and a
prominent conservation group.”
“The standoff between Santa Rosa and the officials overseeing
Sonoma County’s planned public power agency is growing
increasingly tense, with each side hardening its stance about
conditions for joining the agency and ramping up the political
rhetoric as the key vote approaches Tuesday.”
“President Barack Obama announced during his recent trip to
Africa that the United States would be investing in a new
‘Power Africa’ initiative, backed by $7 billion in federal
funding and another $9 billion coming from the private sector.
“Among the programs identified for funding under ‘Power Africa’
are the U.S.