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Top Stories of 2019: The Need for Microgrids

Top Stories of 2019: The Need for Microgrids

Northern California’s wildfires in 2019 forced the nation’s most populous state to reevaluate the role that electric utilities will play in a future plagued by more wildfires. Pacific Gas & Electric, California’s largest utility, not only declared bankruptcy but was found liable of starting the deadly Camp Fire of 2018. In addition, the City of […]

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Ocean Acidification Happening Twice As Fast in California

Ocean Acidification Happening Twice As Fast in California

According to a new study published in the journal Nature Geoscience this week, the waters off California are acidifying twice as rapidly as elsewhere on Earth. As NBC News reported, Oceans play an important role in the planet’s delicate carbon cycle, acting as a crucial reservoir that absorbs and stores carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. […]

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California’s Million Panel Milestone, Will Batteries Be Next?

California’s Million Panel Milestone, Will Batteries Be Next?

Yesterday, former California Governors Jerry Brown and Arnold Schwarzenegger celebrated a big milestone for their state: the installation of 1 million small-scale solar systems. As the LA Times reported, Schwarzenegger, in 2005 set a statewide target of 1 million solar installations and launched a program that would ultimately set aside more than $3 billion for […]

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California Won’t Buy Cars From Toyota, GM, Fiat Chrysler Due to Emissions Fight

California Governor Gavin Newsome took the fight over tailpipe standards, and California’s authority to set its own, to a whole new level by barring the purchase of new gas-powered vehicles for state government fleets from GM, Toyota, Fiat Chrysler and other automakers that backed the Trump Administration.

Why This Matters:  As we reported, the carmakers that Newsome is penalizing are the ones that were hoping that by taking the President’s side they would force the Administration and California to find a middle ground.  Honda, Ford, BMW, and Volkswagen have sided with California and reached an agreement to continue to abide by the state’s requirements.  

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Making Microgrids More Accessible

Making Microgrids More Accessible

In the aftermath of the recent PG&E shutdowns, we wrote about the hardships that Californians faced–especially those who didn’t have solar and battery storage available to them.

Fighting climate change means helping ease upfront costs of distributed energy so that it becomes available to low-income households as well as wealthier ones.

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Interview of the Week: Sam Hodder

Interview of the Week: Sam Hodder

Sam Hodder is the president and CEO of the Save the Redwoods League. Hodder has spent his career in land conservation overseeing complex conservation programs and land transactions from the remote wilderness to the inner city. ODP: What’s the difference between a redwood and a giant sequoia? SH: Giant sequoia are the most massive trees […]

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Climate-Fueled Drought Fuels Uncertainty Around the World

Climate-Fueled Drought Fuels Uncertainty Around the World

While California’s 7-year drought was declared over, a rain-less October along with a NOAA report warning of a dry winter are fueling fears that the state’s water woes will be back once again.

As If Drought Wasn’t Enough: A new study from the journal Nature Geoscience predicts that as a result of climate change, at the end of the century plants could consume substantially more water, leaving less for people.

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GM, Chrysler and Toyota Take Trump’s Side on Federal Standards on Clean Cars

GM, Chrysler and Toyota Take Trump’s Side on Federal Standards on Clean Cars

Three major automakers announced late Monday that they join the ongoing litigation on clean cars in support of the federal government’s authority to decide whether there should be a single, federally mandated standard fuel economy standard, although the companies stopped short of endorsing the administration’s proposal to roll back fuel efficiency standards for cars.  

Why This Matters:  The car companies need certainty so that they can plan ahead, cut the cost of regulatory compliance and avoid having to meet numerous different standards for different states. The California clean-car standard is essential for the U.S. to cut carbon emissions.  These companies know that California is within its rights under the Clean Air Act to set a tougher standard and they should be working to electrify the fleet not double down on continuing with fossil fuels.

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CA Wildfires Continue to Blaze, Leaving a Wake of Fear and Anxiety

CA Wildfires Continue to Blaze, Leaving a Wake of Fear and Anxiety

Firefighters in California are racing to contain fast-moving wildfires as powerful Diablo and Santa Ana winds sweep across the northern and southern parts of the state.

Why This Matters: THIS IS NOT NORMAL.

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A Year After Paradise, Identical Conditions Spark More Wildfires in California

A Year After Paradise, Identical Conditions Spark More Wildfires in California

A year after the deadly Camp Fire that killed 85 people in Northern California and destroyed an entire town, dry and hot conditions are creating a perfect storm for more wildfires.

Why This Matters: See where active fires are burning and whether PG&E’s planned outages are doing anything to prevent them.

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Gas Companies Charging Californians More for Gas, New Analysis Finds

Gas Companies Charging Californians More for Gas, New Analysis Finds

Just as Exxon Mobil is on trial for accounting fraud, California Governor Gavin Newsom asked his attorney general’s office to “investigate whether a “mystery surcharge” on gasoline prices in the state was caused by oil companies “misleading and overcharging” their customers,” according to the SF Chronicle. In a letter to California AG Xavier Becerra, Newsom […]

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We’re Depleting Our Groundwater Faster Than Ever and What This Means

We’re Depleting Our Groundwater Faster Than Ever and What This Means

Water that’s stored in aquifers makes up the majority of accessible freshwater on Earth–it’s literally the lifeline for humans as 70% of groundwater use worldwide is used for agriculture. But, as Science News explained, “surface waters — rivers and streams — rely on groundwater, too. When people pump too much too quickly, natural waterways begin […]

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