Journalism

Energy and Climate: 2020 Stories

Diesel Generators, Large and Small, Spot
California’s Golden Landscape

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“Diesel generators of many sizes are spreading across communities and businesses in California, raising alarm from residents, health experts and energy regulators—including California Public Utilities Commission President Marybel Batjer, who at a public workshop on July 7 said she is “concerned that this wildfire season we will see a lot of diesel generation.”

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Judge Says PG&E Deserves Prison Time,
Reconsiders Probation Requirements

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“U.S. District Judge William Alsup is reconsidering a set of new probation requirements that he imposed on Pacific Gas & Electric in April, and is “very likely to defer to [the] judgment” of the California Public Utilities Commission on the matter, he said in a telephonic court hearing on May 28.”

CEC Approves Geothermal Brine Extraction From Salton Sea

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“Brine extraction from California’s Salton Sea could significantly decrease the cost of geothermal power generation in the state and supply lithium for batteries, the California Energy Commission said in a funding award approved this week.”

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CEC Recommends More Research on Health Consequences of Biogas

“Energy regulators must improve their understanding of biogas and biomethane produced by a variety of feedstocks and anaerobic digesters in the state, according to a May 12 report by the California Energy Commission.”

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SLO Biomass Facility Churns One Year; CEC Program Cuts Biomass Funding

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“A new anaerobic digestion facility in San Luis Obispo successfully completed its first year of operation in 2019, turning local food and yard waste into renewable electricity, compost and liquid fertilizer.”

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Local Agencies Continue Push for Ownership of PG&E’s Assets

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“Local agencies in California aren’t giving up on their dream to own and operate their electric distribution equipment without the need for the country’s largest investor-owned utility.”

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Judge Approves PG&E Contingency Sale Plan as COVID-19 Concerns Grow

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“U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Dennis Montali on April 9 approved Pacific Gas & Electric’s bankruptcy contingency plan, which allows for the sale of the utility to either private or public entities if it does not meet certain deadlines in its reorganization process.”

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Study: Hybrid Battery Storage Projects Could Offer Increased Value to Grid

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“Hybrid battery energy storage projects could offer more value to an electricity grid than stand-alone generation and battery storage projects, according to a new study published by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.”

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CPUC Certifies Transmission Line Project Through Disadvantaged Community

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“The California Public Utilities Commission on March 12 certified an electric transmission line project that would permanently alter lush farmland near a disadvantaged community, but potentially reduce the need to turn on natural gas-fired power generation plants near the community as well.”

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Wildfire Victims Say PG&E Settlement Is ‘Bad’

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More than 1,600 wildfire victims and concerned California residents signed a petition calling Pacific Gas & Electric’s $13.5-billion victim settlement “bad,” while PG&E this week released further details on how victims will be compensated for their losses.”

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CPUC Searches for Millions of Missing Light Bulbs

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“Fifteen million light bulbs have gone missing in California, costing electricity customers about $55 million, according to a ruling by the California Public Utilities Commission.”

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CPUC Proposes GHG Emissions Limit for Electricity Sector, Will Rely on Gas Plants 

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California energy regulators have proposed to decrease greenhouse gas emissions caused by the state’s electricity sector, but will need to rely on natural gas plants in the coming years in order to do so, according to the California Public Utilities Commission.”

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CARB Mulls New Regulations to Slow Emissions From Ride-Share Companies 

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“The California Air Resources Board is considering new regulations to curb greenhouse gas emissions from a transportation sector that has grown heavily over the past decade: on-demand ride-sharing companies, such as Lyft and Uber.”

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Energy and Climate: 2019 Stories

Electricity Emissions Decrease in State as Transportation Emissions Balloon

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A Game of ‘Chicken’: Judge Approves $24.5-Billion PG&E Settlements 

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Camp Fire Victims Concerned About Accepting ‘Volatile’ PG&E Stock

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California Gas Plants Kept Online, Solar and Battery Projects Delayed

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Potential Shortage in EV Charging Infrastructure, CEC Report Says

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EVs Spread in California, but Gas-Powered Car Growth Remains Steady

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Housing and Wages:

Homeless Forced from Market Street (May 8, 2014)

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Feeding the Giant 

Nine states. Nine stories. One struggle. Stories from those who work inside America’s restaurant industry. (Mini-documentary series. 2019)

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