Archive Category : California News: Environmental

Solar farm outside Joshua Tree National Park gets go-ahead from Trump administration

The Interior Department said Thursday (May 17, 2018)  it plans to approve the Palen solar farm, which would be built Read More →

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Renewable Energy Drives California Emissions Reductions

California’s 5% reduction in greenhouse gases in 2016 is almost entirely due to the replacement of fossil fuel generation with Read More →

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Solar and wind are booming — just not in the California desert

The United States added more than 11 gigawatts of solar power last year, according to a report from the federal Energy Information Read More →

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Interior Department, State of California Announce Innovative Strategy for Renewable Energy and Conservation on Public Lands in California Desert

U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and California Secretary for Natural Resources John Laird today announced the release of the Final Environmental Impact Statement for Phase I of the Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan (DRECP)—an innovative landscape-scale blueprint to support renewable energy development and conservation on 10 million acres of federal public lands, managed by the Bureau of Land Management in the California desert. Read More →

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California Entering Uncharted Territory On Clean Energy

The Coachella Valley’s state Senator, Republican Jeff Stone, wrote a bill this year urging Congress to extend a 30 percent tax credit for solar energy. The bill sailed unanimously through the Senate, then passed the Assembly with just one dissenting vote. Stone’s resolution was largely symbolic. But its near-unanimous passage spoke volumes. Read More →

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Drought Is Killing California’s Hydroelectric Power. Can Solar Make Up The Difference?

Snowmelt entering Big Creek’s hydroelectric powerhouses has slowed to a trickle. Reservoirs sit at their lowest levels ever. The 102-year-old central-California complex owned and operated by Southern California Edison lost 80 percent of its hydroelectric power this year, a direct result of a persistent drought that has wiped clean the Sierra Nevada snowpack and produced an eerie silence inside Big Creek’s 27 damns and nine powerhouses. Read More →

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Have You Heard Of Solar Desalination? If Not, You Will Soon

Solar power turns the sun’s energy into electricity. Desalination removes unwanted minerals from saltwater so it can be used for drinking or agriculture. These two technologies have typically been employed separately in the effort to live more sustainably and limit dependence on finite resources. Now in California, a company has found a way to merge the two with the aim of providing long-term relief to farmers suffering the impacts of the state’s devastating four-year drought. Read More →

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Environmental groups again seek to halt solar project

The Sierra Club and the Santa Clara Valley Audubon Society have reignited their effort to halt the $650 million, 2,400-acre Panoche Valley Solar Project by filing a lawsuit against the San Benito County and the Board of Supervisors in local superior court, claiming that environmental impacts of the project still have not been adequately addressed. Read More →

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Solar Thermal Desalination Now Underway in Water-hungry California

Regional droughts are being exacerbated by climate change. Israel, Australia, and now southern California have all turned to expensive energy-guzzling seawater desalination projects after historic droughts. Read More →

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Solar project advances despite objections

To the consternation of some environmentalists, the U.S. Bureau of Land Management announced Friday it had eliminated a quarter of the proposed Soda Mountain Solar project but will allow most of its construction on nearly 2,000 acres near Death Valley National Park and the Mojave National Preserve. Read More →

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