Journalism

Energy and Environment Stories:

Finding Perspective in Wildflowers and Wildfires

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A few weeks before the fire started, I stood under a dead evergreen tree that leaned toward the power line in my backyard. 

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Shortage of 4.4 GW Projected in California Next Summer, Down From 5.2-GW Deficit

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California’s electricity grid could be about 4,350 MW short of meeting demand next summer—a slight improvement over energy officials’ recently forecast shortage of 5,200 MW.

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CARB Approves New Regulations for EV Charging Stations

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The California Air Resources Board on June 27 approved new regulations to create more accessible and understandable electric vehicle charging stations across the state. The new regulations will increase payment options at charging stations, facilitate roaming agreements between station providers, enhance location and pricing information databases, and provide clarity about the cost of a charging session.

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Study: Increasing Electricity Usage Could Harm Air Quality for Disadvantaged

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Higher electricity demand in California from climate change and electrification policies could increase the amount of air pollution in disadvantaged communities due to increased natural gas peaker plant usage, if the state’s current electricity system had to supply the higher demand, according to a study by researchers at the University of California, Berkeley.

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

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Despite increasing greenhouse gas emissions from California’s transportation sector, one thing remains clear about the state’s emissions future: more cars are on their way in.

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CARB Wants Cleaner Energy at Data Center; Builders Say None Available

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The California Air Resources Board is searching for alternative fuel types that could replace a proposed backup diesel generation facility at a future data center in San Jose, but the facility’s representatives told CARB that its customers, including companies like Zoom, would not utilize a data center unless it has ample backup power.

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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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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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Housing and Food Stories

Homeless Forced from Market Street 

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What’s worse than waking up at 4 am every morning? Waking up at 4 am every morning and watching someone soak your bed with cold water. Unfortunately, if you’re homeless and you sleep on Market Street, this recurring nightmare is your reality.

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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)

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